De La Warr Pavilion

Sharif Persaud
Have You Ever Had

16 Oct 2021 – 9 Jan 2022

Past Touring Exhibition
Curated by Mark Sealy



De La Warr Pavilion
Marina, Bexhill On Sea
East Sussex, TN40 1DP

Past exhibition

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Coming directly from Autograph, Sharif Persaud's first solo exhibition Have You Ever Had is touring to the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea.

Placing himself at the centre of his work, Persaud explores identity through his experience of contemporary life and autism. He is a part of the collective of neurodiverse artists and activists at Project Art Works, who have been shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2021. The Pavilion has regularly collaborated in studios, workshops and visits by the Collective.

Persaud is profoundly interested in his body in society as a site of investigation: sneezing, healthcare, hospitals, gangrene, cities, flats, benefits and his independence. He questions his audience about their experiences and body - have you ever had? This is Persaud's first solo exhibition, featuring his drawings, large paintings and award-winning short film The Mask, filmed backstage at the De La Warr Pavilion with Al Murray, in 2017.

Have You Ever Had is the culmination of the UK-wide EXPLORERS Project, highlighting the extraordinary contribution neurodiverse people make to art and culture. Set against a backdrop of increased hardship and marginalisation of vulnerable people, the EXPLORERS Project was informed and led by neurodiverse communities. This exhibition developed from our long partnership with Project Art Works and Autograph's participation in EXPLORERS.


Egypt, 2016


Self Portrait, 2018


Untitled, 2017


Gangrene, 2015

Self Portrait, 2015


Casualty, 2016


Untitled [detail], 2015


Untitled, 2017

about the artist


Sharif Persaud (b. 1993)

is an artist based in Hastings. His practice has been developed in collaboration with Project Art Works, where he has been a key contributor.

He wrote and directed The Mask (2017) an Ignition Random Acts Network Centre Commissioned film. The Mask won Best Story at the Oska Bright Film Festival in 2017, and has been shown at screenings across the world including FilmBath UK, the Other Film Festival in Melbourne, Electric Palace in Hastings, and the Discover Film Awards festival in London. It has also featured in a British Film Institute Collection Disabled Britain on Film. His work has featured in group exhibitions including In The Realm of Others (2015) at De La Warr Pavilion and Putting Ourselves in the Picture (2019) at Fabrica. He was a finalist for the 2020 Spectrum Art Award, and the collective he is a member of at Project Art Works , who have been shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2021.

You can see more of Persaud's work on the Project Art Works website.



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Part of the EXPLORERS project, delivered by Project Art Works, a three-year programme of art and conversation working with 12 national art organisations. The EXPLORERS programme was informed and led by neurodiverse communities, placing them at the heart of social, civic and cultural activity.

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Banner image: Sharif Persaud, film still from The Mask [detail], 2017. 3 mins 46 seconds. Courtesy of Project Art Works.

Exhibition preview images: All courtesy of Project Art Works.

Other page images, after the exhibition preview: 1) Sharif Persaud in the studio at Project Art Works. Courtesy Project Art Works. 2) Sharif Persaud, Holby City [detail], 2014. Courtesy of Project Art Works. 3) The Mask [still], 2017. 3 mins 46 seconds © Sharif Persaud and courtesy of Project Art Works. 4) Film still of Sharif Persaud and Tim Corrigan, courtesy Project Artworks. 5) Film still from Out and About on Lockdown by Project Art Works. 6) Sharif Persaud, Untitled [detail], 2017. Courtesy of Project Art Works. 7) Sharif Persaud, Did You Hear? [detail], 2017. Courtesy of Project Art Works. © Sharif Persaud. 8) Sharif Persaud, Have You Ever Had exhibition poster. 9) Sharif Persaud postcard pack.