When: On until 18th September 2016
Where: Isle of Portland, Dorset
£: Ticket prices vary, depending on the event. Some events are free
What is it?
The b-side festival takes place on the Isle of Portland, Dorset, until Sunday 18th September. The festival aims to showcase contemporary art, made in response to the unique and intriguing island.
The festival offers a mix of free and ticketed events, with artist talks, workshops, fanatical tours, pop up cinema, Reliant Robins, underground goings on, and the bending of truths at The Portland Office for Imaginary History. The b-side events are located across the island, making use of outdoor spaces and places that are overlooked or unused.
John Cooper Clark, Tom Marsman, Matthew Robins, and Sadie Hennessey are just some of the artists featuring at this year’s festival.
Exhibitions will take place in unusual places, including Time Out of Mind, which can be found in a Reverend’s old storage box in St George’s Churchyard. Open the small door on the box to reveal an illuminated miniature world, depicting a small piece of forgotten history. Head to Portland Bill car park to find a Reliant Robin acting as an installation space for Boombox, an experience of 80s teenage angst. Billboards at bus stops on the island will be acting as an outdoor gallery.
Events will include Chorus on 18th September, an uplifting installation made up of giant kinetic sculptures that emit hypnotic sounds. Orbits of light will be traced in the sky as large metallic arms whirl above, emitting precisely tuned musical pitches.
The festival will conclude with a Reliant Robin parade, accompanied by 80s new wave hits, and finishing with tea and cake.
b-side is an artist led arts organisation based in Dorset. b-side work with and commission artists to make new site-responsive work, revealing the marginal, often forgotten and less commercial aspects of coastal towns and communities.