Arts Council England today confirmed its commitment to the De La Warr Pavilion by announcing a grant of £508,430 per annum for 2015–18 .This represents a standstill in their support and, in the context of the reduction of public investment in the arts, a real vote of confidence in the Pavilion, its programme and its future. In addition, ACE announced an extra  £412,343 capital grant to improve the environmental facilities in the auditorium of our Grade One listed building.

Stewart Drew, Director and CEO of the De La Warr Pavilion says:

“The Arts Council continue to make some very difficult decisions but, as our stakeholder partners, they have demonstrated their recognition of our vision and their confidence in DLWP to deliver on their mission of great art and culture for everyone and their five key goals (1). Arts Council support, along with that of our local authority partner Rother District Council (2) underpins our work. It allows us to continue to support artists and develop artistic experiences for a diverse range of audiences to participate and enjoy.  We can continue to build our commercial and fundraising activity within a robust and resilient framework of financial stability.

We have received further good news today . The Pavilion has been awarded just over £412,343 to improve and update the air-handling systems in our auditorium.  This is part of the Pavilion’s commitment to building our live programme and audiences and we hope will be the catalyst for further investment in the auditorium going forward.

We would like to thank Arts Council England and Rother District Council for their partnership and commitment to the work of the Pavilion. A great result for the Pavilion and the communities it serves”

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Editor’s Notes :
1. The five Arts Council England goals are:
 (i)Excellence is thriving and celebrated in the arts, museums and libraries
 (ii)Everyone has the opportunity to experience and to be inspired by the arts, museums and libraries
 (iii)The arts, museums and libraries are resilient and environmentally sustainable
 (iv)The leadership and workforce in the arts, museums and libraries are diverse and appropriately skilled
 (v) Every child and young person has the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts
2. In 2013 Rother District Council agreed a seven year funding commitment of £549,350 per annum  (comprising core grant plus capital and community grants) to the De La Warr Pavilion from April 2014 – March 2021 to build on its success, to continue to demonstrating good value for money for the taxpayer and  to ensure the building remains available to the community.
3. The De La Warr Pavilion welcomes approximately 350,000 visitors to the building and its programme of contemporary exhibitions, music, film, comedy and events for families, children and young people, most of which are free.
4. The De La Warr Pavilion is a Grade One listed Modernist icon on the sea front in Bexhill on Sea. Built in 1935, it was restored, refurbished and re-opened in 2005 with ACE and Heritage Lottery funding as a centre for contemporary arts.
 It is a registered Charity No. 1065586.
Posted by Ryan Coleman on Tuesday 1 July 2014