National Apprenticeship Week 2024: Alex’s Story ( Creative Industries Production Technician Apprentice)

It’s National Apprenticeship week and we are celebrating the value and opportunities they provide for young people breaking into the creative industries. We spoke to one of our apprentices, Alex, who is currently at the De La Warr completing his Creative Industries Production Technician apprenticeship. Having started in October 2023, Alex has been learning on the job, gaining new skills and confidence with support from his team. He finds his role exciting and would recommend it to others who may be interested. ‘No day is the same, daily tasks are varied depending on the gigs and the possibilities after completing the apprenticeship are vast. You can go into so many different environments from working on cruises to being a touring technician.’

Alex will be joined on his apprenticeship training here at DLWP with apprentices from The Dome Brighton and Eastbourne Theatres. All training is delivered by East Sussex College Group in the DLWP auditorium under the guidance of our Technical Manager Mat McQuade.

It’s not too late to join! If you are a venue looking to extend your technical team adding an apprentice is an excellent way to grow your own! Get in touch with Kim Byford Project Director Talent Accelerator for more information kim.byford@dlwp.com

Exhibitions Programme 2024

Spring

Manuel Mathieu: The end of figurationFebruary 17–May 27Manuel Mathieu (b. 1986, Haiti) is a multidisciplinary artist working with painting, drawing, ceramics, and installation. His work investigates themes of historical violence, erasure and cultural approaches to physicality, nature, and spiritual legacy. Mathieu’s interests are partially informed by his upbringing in Haiti and his experience emigrating to Montréal at the age of 19. Freely operating in between and borrowing from numerous historical influences and traditions, Mathieu aims to find meaning through a spiritual mode of apparition.

Mathieu’s exhibition at DLWP will be his first major institutional presentation in Europe and will bring together new and existing artworks.

Clara Jo: Nests of Basalt, Nests of WoodFebruary 17–March 31Clara Jo (b. 1986, United States) works with film, photography and installation to re-engage socio-political understandings of the world in ways that entangle the senses. She plays with speculative narratives to offer alternative readings of certain terrains, examining their material imprints and deep erasures. By reimagining these contexts through her work, Jo questions how these stories can feed into collective imaginations and fictions during moments of crisis.

At DLWP, Jo will present Nests of Basalt, Nests of Wood. This new film installation presents a speculative narrative of labour and ecological histories in Mauritius, filmed in Albion and Flat Island, with a fictional layer of computer-generated animation.

Laetitia YhapApril 6–May 27Laetitia Yhap (b. 1941, UK) is best known for intricate paintings of fishermen on The Stade Beach, Hastings, UK, created on unusually shaped panels individually hand-made by the artist for each work. Yhap moved to Hastings from London in 1967, and in 1974 began her cycle of work depicting raw glimpses into the lives of the fishing community, documenting daily scenes as they unfolded on the beach.

Enraptured by the ritual of their activities, Yhap began to draw the fishermen from life before returning to her studio to make the paintings. She would continue making works of this community for twenty-five years, bringing forth their resilience and spirit in the face of such dangerous labour conditions. Yhap’s oeuvre serves as a unique picture of an industry that today looks completely different, as rapid industrialisation and environmental shifts render the lives of those working at sea increasingly precarious.

This exhibition at DLWP celebrates Yhap as a unique voice within British art history and highlights the relevance of her work to pressing ecological concerns within our local and wider landscapes.SummerJune 22–September 1

Barbara KastenSpace as a stage of a changing reality is the central motif of Barbara Kasten’s (b. 1936, United States) photographs and film installations, which she produces in an ‘interdisciplinary performance’ between photography, sculpture, architecture, and painting. Since the 1970s, Kasten has been constructing expansive installations made of architectural ‘props’ such as glass, mirrors, or wood constructions in front of the camera for her abstract ‘photographs’. These theatrical arrangements are restaged with coloured light, an approach going back to Kasten’s roots as a painter and sculptor.

Through her cross-genre practice and continued use of analogue photographic materials, Kasten’s visionary practice has influenced a new generation of contemporary artists amidst the prevalence of digital imagery, Photoshop and 3D rendering today. Kasten’s exhibition at DLWP will be her first institutional solo presentation in the UK and will centre upon a new installation responding to the distinctive architectural features of our Grade I listed building.

Rebecca BellantoniRebecca Bellantoni (b. 1981, UK) is a London-based artist who draws from everyday occurrences and abstracts them. She works across moving image, installation, performance, photography, textiles, printmaking, sculpture, sound-text, and ceramics.

Through investigations into the layered lens of Black women’s writing (fiction and nonfiction), metaphysics, philosophy, religion and spirituality, geography and the aesthetics of them, Bellantoni gently prises apart the concept of the accepted/expected ‘real’ and the experiential ‘real’, looking at how these removed borders may offer meditative experiences and portals to self, collective reasoning and healing thought and action. Bellantoni’s presentation at DLWP will be her first institutional solo exhibition.AutumnSeptember 21–November 17

Mike SilvaMike Silva (b. 1970, Sweden) is a London-based artist whose work explores intimate connections to personal memory. By delving into an ongoing archive of photographs, Silva paints portraits, interiors and still lifes that often feature acquaintances, friends, and lovers of past and present.

Rooted in the London of the ‘90s or early ‘00s, many of the photographs that Silva paints from carry the allure of the past, but also the inherent poignancy in looking at an image of a moment that no longer exists. Whilst the paintings are a way of remembering, they are also cathartically about letting go. Silva’s interiors or domestic spaces expose quietly observed moments, such as when light hits a particular wall or floor of a shared bedroom, kitchen or living room. Using white generously in the painting process offers a milky or hazy quality to the works, perhaps a reflection on the ungraspable and transient nature of memory.

At DLWP, Silva will present a selection of new and existing works in our light-filled Ground floor gallery. This will be his first institutional solo exhibition.

Michelle RobertsMichelle Roberts (b. UK) is a Bexhill-based artist whose paintings and drawings are ambitious in scale, conception and realisation. Her subjects arise from the realm of lived experience, such as a holiday, a visit to the ‘Dinosaur World’ exhibition, or the thrill of an Air Show, whilst other works celebrate events such as the Diamond Jubilee, Remembrance Day, or films that she has seen. While photographs serve as references, they are mere hints and prompts rather than images to be copied. Roberts’ meticulous drawing style intricately dissects shapes and forms, creating patterns with unwavering precision and control, with compositions that come to life through vivid colour. Through detailed yet joyful execution, Roberts invites the viewer to explore each of these vibrant universes, drawing our attention to the different ways that we remember.

Roberts’ solo exhibition is programmed in collaboration with Outside In, following the artist winning first prize at Outside In’s national open exhibition, Humanity, in 2023. Roberts is a member of Project Art Works, a collective of neurodiverse artists and activists based in Hastings, and was previously included in the group exhibition, In the Realm of Others at DLWP (2015).

WinterOpening November 30

Callum HillCallum Hill (b. 1987, Canada) is a British/American artist filmmaker whose work moves between psychological enquiry, gender, politics, and poetry. Unpredictable and erratic in narrative, her films slip between documentary and fiction, inhabiting an existential and psychedelic mentality towards the human condition.

For her solo exhibition, Hill is developing a major new film work, commissioned by DLWP.