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Have You Checked Out The B-Side Festival Yet?

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8:41am 9th September 2014
(Updated 8:42am 9th September 2014)

Art on bus stops? Stories engraved on pieces of cutlery? A cinema on the back of a bike?

It can only mean one thing- the B-side festival is back on the Isle of Portland, with a wide range of artworks celebrating the long-standing traditions, with the wild and fun nature that contemporary art can provide.

This year's festival takes in work from almost 30 artists from as far away as New York and Australia, who've been working with Portland residents for up to a year to produce quirky pieces with a local feel.

Among the more unusual exhibits are a series of micro-narratives engraved on sets of cutlery at a local cafe, a set of works displayed on seven bus stops, and a show surrounding the furry critters whose names are forbidden to be mentioned on the Island.

Many of the works take their inspiration from Portland's natural forms and features. Tim Spooner's work includes a puppet show with puppets made of materials found on the island, while Alex Hartley has collected a set of the island's migratory stones, exploring the history of the famous beaches and the role human activity has had in shaping the Isle's unique geography.

Festival producer Sandy Kirkby has been pleased by the calibre of the artists displaying their work at B-Side. She's hopeful the festival will allow Portland residents to see the island in a different way than before.

'Artists can help us look at the world differently, explore a new place or rediscover familiar places, enabling us to see things in a new light.'

The B-Side festival runs from 5-14 September. For more information visit www.b-side.org.uk

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