Portland Pathways Exhibition

Outpost, 77 Fortuneswell, Isle of Portland, DT5 1LY

01305 568044
[email protected]

Saturday 08 September 2018 – Sunday 16 September 2018
Opening Hours: 11am - 6pm

“Freedom means to me being able to wander the island, to walk through the quarries, to walk along the cliffs and go underneath the cliffs” - Skylark Durston

Many of the footpaths and bridleways we use today have their origins in routes travelled hundreds or thousands of years ago – these routes are now enshrined in our public rights of way. They not only record how we have navigated our landscape in the past, telling stories of our landscape and built environment but also provide public access to landscapes and historic sites which otherwise may not be possible. They are an asset that we often take for granted.

Over the past few months b-side has been running a project called Portland Pathways to uncover histories of the pathways and rights of way on the Isle of Portland. Led by Research Coordinator Bea Moyes a group of local residents have been looking into significant aspects of this history. This research has inspired an exhibition, map and series of guided walks to share this knowledge and encourage visitors and residents to explore Portland on foot.

During the festival Outpost will host a display of some of the research material including photographs, interviews and archive documents giving a brief glimpse of some of the histories unearthed by the Portland Pathways Research Group over the short six week research period

Pick up a copy of the Portland  Pathways map and discover Portland’s paths for yourself.


Artist Ania Bas has devised a series of three guided walks exploring Portland. Her walks lead you through quarries and lawnsheds, along sheep tracks and lost paths, past medieval windmills and rare wildlife, tracing women’s rights, folk tales and Skylark Durston’s poems.

Click here for more info on Ania's series of specially devised walks for the festival.

The Portland Pathways project has been funded by The Heritage Lottery – thankyou to all who buy lottery tickets!

Back to events

Other Events

The Mothership presents a Movement workshop with Mary Pearson

Copse Barn, Powerstock, Dorset DT6 3TQ J

Tuesday 18 June 2019 – Saturday 29 June 2019

Many & Beautiful Things at PCA

The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place, Plymouth PL4 8AT

Friday 05 July 2019 – Saturday 31 August 2019

The Makers' Market

The Exchange, Princes Street, Penzance, TR18 2NL

Saturday 29 June 2019

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

Supported by: