FREE! Daytime and evening art, music and performance. A real treat this month as Dear Serge also coincides with the opening of the new exhibition I Cheer a Dead Man’s Sweetheart with speeches at 3pm.

Dear Serge is a FREE bi-monthly Saturday event at the De La Warr Pavilion showcasing the best in cutting-edge live music, performance and art.

You can view videos of past Dear Serge acts at

Bar open, free parking on seafront.

Named after one of the forward-thinking architects of the De La Warr Pavilion, Dear Serge is an afternoon and evening of eclectic live performances. From live music, art, and live performance pieces to the more diverse artistic practices, you can’t afford to miss it. Dear Serge will take you on a visual, auditory and experiential journey with performances taking place in a variety of spaces around the building.

12-6pm Riz Maslen
Departure Lounge, a film and sound installation, focuses on an illness that led to two weeks in hospital. During this stay I was given the drug Cyclosporine that resulted in a psychedelic trip experience, one that was filled with a never ending black hole that I felt I would never be able to get out of…Departure lounge evokes this journey of both despair and hope of an escape, both from my illness and the hospital bed.

UK, electronic innovator and sound artist, Riz Maslen, has recorded under the guises of Neotropic and Small Fish with Spine and has been described as one of the most prominent women composers working in post-techno experimental electronics. “My work is continually growing and I as an artist which to both challenge and push the boundaries in all aspects of my work. “

12pm and 3pm Lisa Milroy / Party of One // wearable dresspaintings
As part of the current exhibition, Lisa Milroy’s Party of One (2013) in Gallery 2 includes a presentation of ‘dresspaintings’ hung on handmade display stands alongside a wearable dresspainting of the same pattern. At certain points during the exhibition, and at 12noon and 3pm during Dear Serge, a staff member of the Pavilion will don the wearable dresspainting and engage performatively with Party of One.

12.30pm-1.30pm Graham Dunning Workshop
Ghost in the Machine Music:
Build an abstract music making machine using scratched records, turntables and keyboards. Then jump on the controls as a group and free the ghost in the machine with a live mixing performance. (The sounds you produce will be recorded and you’ll receive a digital copy) Email to book a place on this workshop

2.15pm-2.45pm Graham Dunning – Performance
Vinyl dissonance for lost memories: a live rhythmical collage made of squeezed record crackle, analogue synthesizer, dubplates of field recordings, dusty shellac records and clumsily triggered drum machines.

Graham dunning creates art in many formats but the common thread across all of his work is the use of found objects and sound.

“My background is in experimental music and this continues into the art I make and how I go about it. I use experimentation and play as a main part of my making process. I also like to set myself restrictions for my projects similarly to the way scientific experiments are conducted. Noise – as unwanted sound like record crackle or tape hiss – often features in my work, and a visual equivalent in dirt, dust or decay. I often try and repeat a visual process with audio, and vice versa.


3:30pm-4pm Oliver Coates
For Dear Serge, Oliver is creating a special cello and electronics set which includes a new arrangement of Messiaen’s Ondes Martenot 1937 electronic piece Oraison. He will then improvise music for the resonant space, using generative Euclidean rhythms which permutate rotations of reverse-sampled pizzicato chords in minimalist patterns as well as small processed cuts of folk song.

Oliver Coates’ position as an Artist in Residence at Southbank Centre has lead him to the forefront of curating and performing unique arts events which have built entirely new audiences for live music. Reflecting upon this he decided to explore principles of context and sound, working on a self-produced album Towards the blessed islands released on 12-inch vinyl as the first release for new experimental imprint PRAH, part of Moshi Moshi records.

“an itinerant love letter to the instrument, an album of deep resonance and fleeting harmonics.” The Wire

“subtly devastating results”, “like a message delivered over a sea wind.” The Guardian

4:15-5pm Soccer96
with lightshow by Innerstrings Psychedelic Lightshow

Soccer 96 are a London + Brighton-based duo transmitting epic synthscapes over poly-rhythmic, jazz drums in a brutal cocktail of tight electronica & the spontaneous energy of improvisation.

“My new favourite band” Steve Lamacq, BBC

Heavy, mind-melting euphoria meets virtuosity in their inspired blend of electro-funk, jazz fusion & progressive pop.

“Fresh polyrhythmic electro with crisp live virtuoso drums. Highly recommended.” Tom Robinson BBC6

“In these harsh economic times we need bands that deliver bold statements. This is revolutionary pop at its finest. I’ll get my gun.” Toby Rogers, The Generator

Innerstrings Psychedelic Lightshow

And God said, Let there be lightshow: and there was lightshow. And God saw the lightshow, and it was good.

Innerstrings Psychedelic Lightshow will dazzle with their old school lightshow,using liquid and op-art projections.

5pm-6pm Live DJ


The De La Warr Pavilion has launched a call-out for artists to create a new piece of work or project within the following four areas: moving image, performance, installation and music. However we also welcome ideas that challenge these definitions. We are particularly interested in proposals that engage with the essential properties of our building.

We can offer up to £500 to develop each selected project.

For more details please click here to download the Commissions PDF.


17 May

5th/12th July (tbc)

27 September

15 November


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