Bexhill is three of a kind
AN artist from the United Kingdom is embarking on a curious globe-trotting rail quest to visit the three incarnations of the town of Bexhill: in Canada, the UK, and here in the Northern Rivers.
Inspired by her affection for her coastal town of Bexhill in the UK, Louise Kenward began researching its "sister" towns, becoming entranced by their similarities and differences.
"It was like a bug in the back of my head," Ms Kenward said light-heartedly.
The research was partly inspired by her love of her home, which lies south of London on the coast of the English Channel, and a love of its history.
The artist plans to use the trip as a muse to create works inspired by each place and is also partly tracing the journey of a Victorian traveller, collector and philanthropist, Lady Annie Brassey.
When she arrives in our Bexhill she will connect with Australian arts initiative Tarpspace to develop a "portrait" of the town.
"I want to find out what it means for people to live in Bexhill," Ms Kenward said.
"I'm interested in the sense of humanity within places; those fundamental human-level kind of connections."
The three Bexhills are almost equidistant and span the entire globe and each have very different landscapes and climates.
Bexhill in Canada's Saskatchewan is the most remote; Ms Kenward mused "it seemed almost like a lost town".
All have train lines running through them, although to get to our Bexhill she will of course require a bus.
Ms Kenward's art is inspired by places and spaces and their history.
She recently spent six months worth of weekends in the back of an abandoned 1960s clothes shop set into the base of a cliff to produce contemplative art.
The first leg of her trip will take her through 16 countries and 18 time zones in a train trip across Europe and Asia, flying only from Malaysia to Darwin.
From there she will take the Ghan from Darwin to Adelaide, the Overland to Melbourne, continuing by rail up the east coast to Bexhill.
Ms Kenward will arrive in Bexhill sometime in March.
Bexhill residents are invited to contact Ms Kenward via email.
To follow her trip on Facebook or Twitter visit Bexhill2Bexhill, or visit her website