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Smear (for Cynethryth)

Smear (for Cynethryth) was a carnival float dedicated to eighth century Queen of the Mercians and co-founder of Bexhill-on-sea, a town on the south coast of England. Participating in 2018's iteration of the annual Bexhill Carnival, the float played host to folk singing, daub-mixing and hairdressing, whilst on-board printers produced pamphlets containing literature about Queen Cynethryth that were handed out to the carnival processions audience.

Commissioned by V22 and produced in partnership with the De La Warr Pavilion.


Smear (for Cynethryth)


Lime putty, King Offa Junior Academy school uniform, equine excrement, liquid soap, water, wigs, wig fibre, soil, mobile-connected Canon printers, printouts, costume, flags, performance

Performers: James Arguile, Rachel Arguile, Clémentine Bedos, Niall Buckler, Suzy Dunford, Andrew Ferguson, Barbara Gamper, Aoibheannan Greenan, Jessa Mockridge,

Production and documentation: Rory Cole, Suzy Dunford, Petra Gent, Susan Kelly, Miles Umney

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