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De La Warr Pavilion Capital Appeals Committee: Chair and Committee Members

The De La Warr Pavilion is a vibrant centre for arts and culture in a Grade I listed modernist building, managed by a Charitable Trust. We are committed to the growth and resilience of the organisation, its audiences and the cultural and creative economy of the region.

Since the capital works of 2005, we have welcomed over 5.5m visitors to our building and programmes, listening and adapting to the needs of audiences and artists to remain relevant. We want to build on this success by further diversifying our programme, improving the visitor experience, growing opportunities for skills and learning, being a catalyst for regeneration and becoming a creative hub for artists and our communities.

The creation of a new Capital Appeals Committee will help us realise the Pavilion’s full potential and future ambitions.

We are seeking a bold, influential and inspiring leader who will take the role of Chair of the Committee and who understands the modernist, progressive spirit of the Pavilion. The Committee Chair will be the public face of our  capital campaign, becoming a key Trustee of the De La Warr Pavilion Charitable Trust. We are also interested in talking to senior individuals who have experience in fundraising and the cultural sector to join us as Committee members to help realise this exciting cultural project for the south east.

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We are pleased to begin our recruitment for the Chair and Committee members of our new Capital Appeals Committee.

The De La Warr Pavilion (DLWP) is in the early stages of a capital project which is designed to maximize the opportunity of a unique venue. It combines necessary refurbishment to the Grade I listed building with upgrading of its spaces that will enhance visitor experience and underpin income-generating opportunities.

The key objectives for the project are:

1. Improve the audience/visitor experience and DLWP’s public realm
2. Deliver essential conservation work to the Grade I Listed building
3. Unlock programming potential
4. Reinstate the importance of the Pavilion’s modernist architecture and deepen public engagement with the organisation’s rich heritage
5. Achieve resilience by unlocking commercial income and trading opportunities, and becoming more sustainable.

Situated on Bexhill seafront and operating in one of Britain’s most iconic modernist buildings,  DLWP currently includes two gallery spaces, a 1500 capacity auditorium, a studio, a first-floor Café Bar with sea views, a shop, box office, and large outdoor public spaces and rooftop. It is the only multi-arts venue in the south east outside London and Brighton and its programme extends across art forms, combining: music, experimental music, visual arts, performance, film and learning.

The building has a rich heritage of national and international significance. It was commissioned by the 9th Earl De La Warr and designed by Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff, opening to the public in 1935. The original vision for the Pavilion was to create a new model for a 20th Century arts centre which would lead to growth, prosperity and greater culture for the region. In 1986 the building was granted Grade I listed status, and it remains on the Historic England list under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act (1990) for its special architectural and historic interest.

A major redevelopment of the building was completed  in 2005 led by architects John McAslan & Partners. This project gained substantial investment from Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Fund. The redevelopment addressed the most pressing issues of the  building which, without intervention, was at significant structural risk. The building reopened to the public with a reinvigorated mission to lead the cultural regeneration of Bexhill and the surrounding area. Since reopening, DLWP has enjoyed significant success, welcoming over 5,500,000 visitors, engaging with 60,000 participants thorugh its learning programme and selling 400,000 tickets to auditorium events. DLWP is a registered charity with an annual turnover of around £2.8m.

However, the 2005 project was only partial, undergoing significant cost engineering to respond to funding challenges at the time. This meant that important parts of the scheme were left out, most significantly the auditorium, which has not been fully renovated since the building first opened in 1935.

The current project will respond to over 10 years of successfully operating in the building and unlock the huge untapped potential within the iconic spaces. In 2016, a Business Plan (2016-2022) was created that outlines a future period of organisational growth for DLWP, equipping it with the tools to meet increasing audience demand and community need. There is an urgent need to address the flaws and potential of the building, to underpin this necessary growth and realize our vision as a combined arts centre for the 21st century.

The project is currently in its earliest stages. Purcell Architects have been commissioned to undertake an initial Feasibility Study which was completed in September 2018.

Your expression of interest

Please contact Stewart Drew, our Director & CEO, with a covering letter of introduction and send to

The De La Warr Pavilion is a Disability Confident employer and is committed to Equal Opportunities as stated in our Equal Opportunities Policy.

Freelance Gallery Technician

The DLWP Galleries and Exhibitions Team is looking to grow its freelance technical team on future exhibitions and projects.

We would like to hear from experienced Art Handling Technicians, Audio Visual Technicians, or candidates with skills related to exhibitions/events/interior fabrication.

How to apply

Please email you CV to

Casual Cafe Staff

We are hiring casual staff to work busy daytimes in our Café and Gig Bars for our Live events.

We offer:
A friendly and professional environment
Flexible & fair hours
Working across a variety of events – Live gigs, outdoor events, weddings and conferences
Barista training by leading Coffee Company
Staff meals
Staff discount in DLWP Shop & Café
“Star of the month” prize
Staff get-togethers
Organised trips to breweries, food suppliers and exhibitions
£8.21/£7.70 hourly rate
Double time on Bank Holidays

Full Job Description here

Casual Auditorium Seat Crew

Required to work evenings removing & re-installing Auditorium seating and setting up furniture for events. £Nat living/minimum wage

How to apply

Contact Mat McQuade at


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Work Experience

We host occasional work experience placements to support vocational studies, and enable students to apply and develop knowledge of cultural institutions and employability skills.

If you are interested in undertaking work experience at the De La Warr Pavilion, please contact Grace Clements on

Internships & Apprenticeships

We are sorry but there are currently no vacancies for internships or apprenticeships at this time. Please look out for opportunities on our social media.

About Internships and Apprenticeships

The De La Warr Pavilion Internship Programme is an opportunity for students and graduates to join our programming team for a placement of up to three months. Our aim is to offer young people skills development alongside the experience of working within the arts sector, making a valuable contribution to our planning and delivery of the artistic programme. The experiences gained from internships with us may play a key role in shaping someone’s future, either by helping them make career choices or by opening up job opportunities.

The De La Warr Pavilion currently employs a Digital Marketing apprentice from Dv8 Sussex, a College for young people who want to get ahead in the Creative Industries.  Our apprentice this year is 19-year old Tara Neville who works with us 4 days a week as part of her Advanced Apprenticeship in Digital Marketing. You can read what Tara gets up to in her own words, here

How to apply

We will advertise the specific internship opportunities in this section of the website and through other appropriate networks. Please refer to the specific internship briefs below for further details on how to apply once they are posted.

We regret that we are unable to accept speculative CVs sent outside of these advertising periods, so please wait until the adverts are posted otherwise your application will not be accepted.