The De La Warr Pavilion is delighted to announce that we have been awarded £325,000 from the second round of the  Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for recovery and re-opening.

This award is critical in rebuilding the work of the Pavilion as we emerge from the latest lockdown, to support our reopening and the relaunch of cultural programmes.

The funding will support core overheads to keep the organisation running smoothly and protect jobs as we open up; safeguard the Grade I listed building against delayed maintenance such as repairing the badly leaking auditorium roof; restart exhibition, learning and the live programmes for the benefit of our community and visitors and support the delivery of events outside.

The award, alongside others from national and local government bodies, Trusts, Foundations and individual donations ensures that the Pavilion can open in May and rebuild its position nationally and regionally whilst remaining at the heart of its community.

Stewart Drew Director and CEO, De La Warr Pavilion said:
“Thank you to DCMS and Arts Council England for their continued support which is crucial for us to be able to rebuild the organisation as we open back up for the summer. We will continue to serve our community in providing culture and entertainment to help everyone emerge from the long winter lockdown and we will also work hard to reboot the visitor economy to help support our town, local businesses and the wider regional visitor economy.

I would also like to thank Rother District Council for their ongoing support and vision; providing stability in their funding.

Lastly, we would like to thank all our supporters and funders, including our Patrons, Members and those who have supported us by buying tickets for events, making donations and for being patient with us as we navigate the pandemic.

We so look forward to welcoming you all back this summer!”

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said: “Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced. Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”

Huw Merriman, MP for Bexhill and Battle said: ”  I am delighted to have supported this successful bid to the Cultural Recovery Fund for the De La Warr Pavilion. This has been an incredibly hard year for all those in the cultural and leisure sector. In the limited time last year when venues were allowed to open with social-distancing in place, the Pavilion made sure that it welcomed the public back and ran a strategy to bring as many people back to work as possible. They were one of the few local cultural venues to have done so. This funding is critical to the Pavilion and I know they are looking forward to reopening and resuming their key role in enriching our lives and communities as well as supporting local livelihoods and businesses.”

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said: “Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to reopen theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work.  We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.”

Following the Government’s Roadmap to Easing Lockdown, the Pavilion is planning to reopen in the following way:

Saturday 1 – Monday 3 May (Bank Holiday weekend)
Friday 7 – Sunday 9 May
Friday   14 – Sunday 16 May 10am – 5pm
The ground floor of DLWP will be open for the Shop and Music’s Not Dead, Bexhill’s independent record store. Our terrace bar, serving drinks and snacks will be open .

From Wednesday 19 May,
Then every Weds – Sunday : 10am – 5pm
The whole building will be open, including the galleries and Café Bar.
There will be no need to book for general admission.
However,  government guidelines will require us to ensure visitors sign in to support NHS test and trace. 
Our Learning activities will continue online 

19 May – 30 August

Ground floor gallery: Holly Hendry: Indifferent Deep
A solo exhibition, featuring a host of sculptures situated within an apparently half-eaten, chewed up landscape.

First floor gallery : All In The Same Storm: Pandemic Patchwork Stories
A collaboration with the Refugee Buddy Project, Hastings, Rother and Wealden telling diverse stories from the community  of life under the shadow of COVID-19 through hand-stitched to make up four quilt patchwork quilts.

On the lawn, by the terrace : Holly Hendry : Invertebrate (until 12 November)
A giant composite form will worm its way around the outside of the Pavilion, stretching from the lawn to the first floor balcony and the roof. A Waterfronts commission as part of England’s Creative Coast

Music & Comedy
Our live events will resume inside and outside the Pavilion.
Ticket holders of all events will be notified by email of any changes in location or date but please keep an eye on our website.

Our Café Bar will be open for drinks, light lunches, snacks and cakes.

Activities and events will continue online. Visit for details.

Please note that all dates are subject to change, according to Government announcements and restrictions.


Posted by sally on Wednesday 31 March 2021