Man dressed as a rabbit

Alistair Gentry

Alistair Gentry is a writer and artist or an artist and writer… sometimes other things, too. The work he makes for publication, performance, broadcast and installation is often “subversive” (SFX), at times “startling” (The Independent) and occasionally even “fascinating” (The Times). Wikipedia classifies him as a “Science Fiction Artist”. He is the author of two novels, has been artist in residence at the University of Edinburgh’s Genomics Policy & Research Forum, exhibited his films at La Biennale di Venezia, been awarded the Berwick Gymnasium Artist Fellowship by English Heritage and Arts Council England, and worked extensively in China and Japan. In 2010 he wrote a successful memoir of being a fairly unsuccessful artist, Career Suicide. He accidentally set up the planet Earth’s number one online source for the full and unexpurgated erotic letters of James Joyce.

His inspiration comes from historical and contemporary folklore, esoterica and Forteana of Britain, Europe and Asia, traditional oratory and storytelling, legitimate mainstream sciences and the fringe or pseudo-sciences that go along with them. He likes creepy old mannequins, broken toys, silly costumes, museums, absurdity and making technology do things its manufacturers wouldn’t approve of. Read a 2011 interview with him by fellow writer and artist Iain Aitch here or a 2014 interview related to his touring live show Magickal Realism here.

Find out more about Alistair's projects for b-side by clicking the links below:

R***** 2014

The Portland Office of Imaginary History 2016

The Portland Office of Imaginary History Underhillian Tours 2018

The Portland Office of Imaginary History Top Hill Tours 2018

The Portland Office of Imaginary History Mobility Scooter Tour 2018

The Portland Office for Imaginary History Indoor Explorers Tour 2018


Alistair Gentry's b-side Portfolio

crowd on beach

b-side Festival 2014

5th14th September 2014

A programme of original work sometimes poignant or challenging, sometimes celebratory and frequently witty. The work was displayed on footpaths,...


Festival 2016

9th17th September 2016

b-side returned to the Isle of Portland in September 2016 showcasing the very best in contemporary art made in response to this beautiful and...

Performers at sea front

b-side Festival 2018

7th15th September 2018

The festival showcased the very best in contemporary art, made in response to this beautiful, intriguing and extraordinary island. Over 15,000...

Alistair Gentry

The Portland Office for Imaginary History

10th18th September 2016

Located at Outpost, b-side’s new project space, The Portland Office for Imaginary History is Alistair’s response to an open call from b-side to


Wild Portland (Walk)

18th September
Easton Gardens,

Walk with Herbalist Andrew Cowling and the Portland Office for Imaginary History's Alistair Gentry and discover the friendly, fanciful,