Artist Carl Gent, raised in Bexhill, explores their artistic practice, alternative histories of Bexhill and their career so far with DLWP Head of Exhibitions Rosie Cooper.

  • The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House. 2017.

  • Carl Gent, 'In Praise of Scratching' (with James Arguile), 2019. Pictured within Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance, Act II. De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, 2019. Courtesy Rob Harris.

  • scratching a detail (with James Arguile). 2019. Donation of oil on board painting to Bexhill Museum

  • Smear (for Cynethryth). 2018.

  • fals tru luvvers a'shore an H'agiographic dysphonia. 2018. Carnival float

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Carl Gent is an artist, musician and writer from Bexhill. They seek out stories passed down through generations, using performance and objects to ‘smuggle’ possible truths under the radar of official histories.

Much of Gent’s work concerns histories and materials from Bexhill itself. Since 2016, Gent has been engaged in an ongoing project about the eighth century Queen Cynethryth. Cynethryth co-founded Bexhill and was the wife of King Offa. Whilst his name is familiar to many, Cynethryth has been largely erased from history…

To date, Gent has presented installations at galleries across the UK, as well as public realm works including floats at past Bexhill Carnivals.

In 2019, their work was shown at the De La Warr Pavilion in Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance Act II and is now on display at Bexhill Museum.

In conversation with Rosie Cooper, Gent will discuss their artistic practice, with a focus on alternative histories of Bexhill and how ground-up, grass-roots work can change historic narratives. They will explore their journey since Still I Rise, which has included mentoring from Rosie and national recognition through further exhibitions and awards.

The talk will commence at 4pm, followed by a Q&A.

It will take place online via a Zoom Meeting, exclusively for DLWP Members & Patrons. During the event, you will have the option to turn on your camera, but we will ask attendees to remain muted.

Attendees are welcome to join the DLWP Team and fellow Members for an informal chat from 5pm, once the event has concluded.

BSL interpretation will be provided.

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Carl Gent is an artist from East Sussex. Since 2016, they have been engaged in an ongoing project about the eighth century Queen Cynethryth, who co-founded Gent’s coastal hometown, Bexhill-on-Sea. In 2019, their work was included in Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance Act II at the De La Warr Pavilion.

Commanding the throne when the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia was aggressively expanding its territory and influence, Cynethryth was a woman of power like no other in Europe at the time. Exiled from France, she was married to King Offa of Mercia, and wielded power in the Church long after her husband’s death. Despite being excluded by later writing about the period, we find Cynethryth scattered across several artefacts central to the formation of the English psyche. She is mentioned in Beowulf, the earliest written iteration of English literature; her profile is stamped into Mercian coinage, the only woman in Europe at the time to appear in this way, and her name is recorded in ecclesiastical documents involved with land and crop transfer. She has inspired characters in TV series Vikings and Game of Thrones.

Gent seeks out stories passed down through the generations, transmitting them in the form of performance and objects as ways to ‘smuggle’ possible truths under the radar of official histories that often leave out important people and events.

Gent has re-told Cynethryth’s story through performance, folk song and sculpture. Central to their project is a substance the artist calls ‘Bexhillian materiality’. This includes: locally-sourced daub, a material associated both with ancient buildings and the eco-dwellings of the future; soap that symbolically ‘cleanses’ history, leaving a smell nonetheless; school uniforms from the artist’s own junior school, King Offa Primary Academy; and fuchsias, commonly seen in flowerbeds along the English coastline. The fuchsia flower hangs upside down from the stem, so it is pollinated from the ground up. For Gent, this is symbolic of the kind of ground-up, grass-roots, on-going work that needs to be done to change historic narratives.

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No re-entry

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There is a fenced-off area on the terrace for people who go out to smoke or vape.

Staying locally

There are plenty of welcoming and good value B&Bs & boutique hotels in Bexhill. The De La Warr Pavilion regularly uses the following:

Travel information
  • By Rail
    Direct trains go from London Victoria, Brighton and Ashford to Bexhill.
    There are also trains from London Charing Cross, changing at St. Leonards Warrior Square and from London Bridge or Charing Cross going to Battle. Battle is only a short taxi journey away (15 mins approx).
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  • Taxis
    Town Taxis:  01424 211 511
    Parkhurst Taxis:  01424 733 456
  • By Car
    If driving from the London area:
    Take the M25, then A21 to Hastings. Turn off at John‘s Cross and follow the signs to Bexhill.
    Take the A22 to Eastbourne, go across the Bishop roundabout to the A271 and follow the signs to Bexhill and the seafront. The De La Warr Pavilion is on the Marina.
    From the Brighton area:
    Follow the A27 out of Brighton until you arrive in Bexhill On Sea.
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    Please be aware the Rother District car park outside the De La Warr Pavilion operates paid parking until 7pm. After this time parking is free.

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