Pick of the Week 2016

June's Guest Editor: Sandy Kirkby

Every month we invite a Guest Editor to select our Pick of the Week feature. Chosen from the activities listed in our events pages they select highlights from across the region.

This June we welcome b-side Producer, Sandy Kirkby.


Sandy Kirkby is the Producer for b-side, an artist-led organisation that commissions artists to make new site responsive work. This year the biennial b-side festival returns to the Isle of Portland to showcase the very best in contemporary art made in response to this beautiful and intriguing island. Extraordinary, playful, witty and challenging, the b-side programme emerges from conversations between artists, producers and the residents of Portland.

A fine art graduate from Kingston University, Sandy has worked for the last 20 years in Dorset in various roles including museum and gallery education, curation, events management and production. Engagement has been at the heart of every role, making contemporary art accessible to different audiences in many ways, that have included Robot Dancing World Record attempts, towing paintings around the town by bike, removing page 45 from 500 books, and live horse life drawing in the precious white gallery space (wheelbarrow supplied).

She continues to explore the flipside and will be continuing on her quest to remove the word ‘liminal’ from exhibition interpretation.

b-side festival, 10 – 18 September 2016, Isle of Portland.

What's On

The Artizan Garden Salon Open Show

7 Lucius Street

Friday 02 February 2018 – Sunday 23 December 2018

Portrait Art Sessions

The Old School, Newent Road, Highnam, Gloucester, GL2 8DG

Wednesday 25 April 2018 – Wednesday 19 December 2018

Workshops at The Guild at 51

The Guild at 51, 51 Clarence Street, Cheltenham, GL50 3JT

Thursday 03 May 2018 – Monday 31 December 2018

Visual Arts South West

Working towards a South West where talented artists thrive, and a resilient and connected visual arts ecology that inspires more engaged and diverse audiences to value and advocate for its work.

Part of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network

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