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We are a pioneering centre for arts and culture in an iconic modernist building by the sea.

We believe that by putting artists and audiences at the heart of what we do, we can produce innovative and integrated cultural programmes that are accessible, relevant, create opportunities, drive aspirations and reflect the thinking and ideas of the world in which we live.

Our objectives
  • To produce, present and promote a high-quality programme of modern and contemporary work that responds to the needs and aspirations of both artists and our audiences
  • Enable artists of every culture and discipline to create new work or present new experience to exciting work within an environment committed to excellence and best professional practice.
  • Work with audiences to engage them with the Pavilion and our artistic programme, making it relevant to them as a visitor or participant
  • Conserve the Pavilion’s fabric, its unique Grade I listed architectural status and to promote it through public and artistic programmes
  • Maintain a viable resilience and sustainable business model, seeking to diversify income streams by growing fundraising and commercial activity.
  • Be a catalyst for the cultural, economic, tourism and social regeneration of Bexhill and the surrounding region.
Who we are

The Pavilion has the 1930s modernist architectural characteristics of clean straight lines, smooth curves, floor to ceiling windows, a helix-shaped staircase, outside balconies and terraces and a large flat roof.

Grade 1 listed in the 1980s and redeveloped and refurbished in 2005, the Pavilion has two gallery spaces, an auditorium for 1,500 people (1,000 seated), a Cafe Bar overlooking the sea, a shop, a studio and large public outdoor spaces, including the rooftop. We present a diverse, festival-style programme of exhibitions from contemporary and 20th century artists and designers; music, comedy, live broadcast and family events in the auditorium, a dynamic learning and participation programme for all ages and outdoor music and comedy events.

You can eat and drink freshly prepared food in our Café Bar & Kitchen and buy books, prints, design-led home accessories, jewellery and cards from our shop. You can hire a variety of spaces for weddings, meetings, away-days, fairs, conferences. We are also a perfect location for photoshoots.

Audiences

In 2015:

  • We welcome over 400,000 visitors to the building.
  • We sold 52,000 tickets to music, comedy, live broadcast and community hires in the auditorium.
  • 6,000 people took part in our Learning & Participation programmes.
Charitable Trust & Funders

The De La Warr Pavilion became a Charitable Trust in 2002. Charity Number: 1065586.

As a National Portfolio Organisation  we receive £508,430 per annum for 2015–18 from Arts Council England. In addition in 2015 ACE  gave an extra £412,343 capital grant to improve the environmental facilities in the auditorium of our Grade One listed building. Read more about why culture matters on the Arts Council England website. 

In 2013, Rother District Council confirmed its commitment to the Pavilion by granting core funding of £490,000 per year from April 2014 to March 2021. In addition, a yearly £47,355 grant was made for building maintenance – an important contribution to maintaining the Grade 1 listed building. Community groups are able to apply for a share of a £12,000 pot to help them make use of the facilities at the popular venue.

A list of other funders and supporters can be found in the Support us section.

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