October Half Term @dlwp

As schools break up this Friday (21 October) for October Half Term here is our guide to what’s coming up at DLWP!

With lots going on, it’s time to get planning. Ticketed events have limited spaces available so we highly recommend booking now!
All our family and children events are sponsored by The Italian Way.

STEAM Powered Big Draw Festival

Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 October 12noon – 4pm
Free event and great for all the family. Drop-in to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths (STEAM) through fun experimental drawing techniques and contribute to an evolving installation in the De La Warr Pavilion Studio. Please note our studio capacity is limited and entry this drop-in event is a first-come, first served.

Monday 24, Tuesday 25 & Wednesday 26 October

HALF TERM WORKSHOPS Unravel some of the ideas and processes within the galleries, in our artist-led workshops. Artist Karen Logan will facilitate alternative tours of the exhibitions, encouraging open-ended experimentation with creative skills and techniques.


Monday 24 October 10am – 1pm, £8, for ages 7 – 11 years
Explore full stops, circles, cylinders and spheres, and assemble dazzling structures and installations.
Among The Stars

Tuesday 25 October 10am – 1pm, £8, for ages 7 – 11 years
Produce decorative floating, flying artworks, using a variety of methods and materials.
Pop-Up Pages

Wednesday 26 October 10am-1pm, £8, for ages 7 – 11 years
Develop skills and techniques to engineer amazing 3D letters and glyphs in paper and card.


Both our The Divine Comedy & Henning Wehn gigs are now sold out, however, the auditorium is not the only place where we hold events for grown-ups. Our studio has seen many enlightening and creative workshops
Letterpress Workshop

Saturday 29 October 10.30am-4.30pm, £45, for 18 years+
After a fun-filled week of keeping the kids entertained it’s time to have some time to yourself. Our adult Letterpress workshop is the perfect way to explore your creativity through typography and printmaking and create your own unique prints.
BOOK NOW Only a few spaces left!


This is your chance to explore the exhibitions with your family and friends. Our galleries are always free and our friendly team are happy to answer any questions about the artwork.
Fiona Banner: Buoys Boys

Ground Floor Gallery
Open until Sunday 8 January 2017
As part of the Root 1066 International Festival.
Leading British artist Fiona Banner presents an immersive installation exploring her ongoing interest in language and its limitations. The exhibition, which takes place both inside and outside of the gallery, is a play on digital versus material experiences.
Peter Blake: Alphabets, Letters & Numbers.

First Floor Gallery
Open until Sunday 27 November 2016
This stunning exhibition by Peter Blake comprises three print series,Alphabet (1991), An Alphabet (2007) and Appropriated Alphabets (2013), and a personally chosen selection of related original artworks.


All our dishes are made from fresh, seasonal ingredients and sourced locally where possible. This means the fish and seafood is locally caught, meat comes from the local butchers (farms) and bread from the local bakers.

Check out our breakfast, lunch & afternoon menus

We like to keep it simple here, there’s no need to book and once you have decided what to eat, please order at the bar and your food will be brought to your table.

Breakfast 10-11.30am, lunch 12-3pm, afternoon 3-5pm
(service hours will be changing at the end of October)
Have a great Half Term!

Top image: taken by photographer James Clarke jamesclarke.me

My first week as DLWP’s Digital Marketing Apprentice by Tara Neville

The end of my first week has approached and it has gone so fast! The apprenticeship with The De La Warr Pavilion was just as I expected, even better than I imagined it would be. The apprenticeship offered is a great scheme, where I do my work experience with the Pavilion and training every other week with DV8 Sussex in Brighton. I am surprised how much I was able to do within my first week including using Facebook and Twitter Analytics, creating my own posts on Facebook and scheduling posts for event pages. I even got to attend my first work event for the launch of Bexhill Fm. This excited me of what there is available to me in the coming weeks and all the other aspects of digital marketing I will learn and tasks I will perform along the way.

My week started on Tuesday where I was given a tour of the building where I was introduced to everyone and given all the interesting facts about its history and what goes on day to day. Along the way I met everyone in Box office, production, the Café and general management. The first thing I really liked about the Pavilion was their welcoming atmosphere and how I was introduced to not only my colleagues within my department and office, but everyone who works within the building to get an understanding of all the different job roles within the business.

After the tour I was introduced to everyone in my department and I was given a desk for the day. I was shown a spreadsheet to be updated weekly which keeps track of all the upcoming live events. The spreadsheet hadn’t been updated in a while, so I was put in charge of this to re-vamp it and add all the new and upcoming events onto it. With a bit of re-designing and added information I learnt how important the information was to the decisions regarding the marketing of the events. I got logged onto DLWP’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and worked my way through the analytics of posts which had been made. This is where I evaluated how many people were reached, number of likes, comments, shares, but also looking further into the information and looking at demographics, times and the progress of activity through the weeks to see if there were changes from their followers on each of their social media accounts. I can evaluate on-goings week on week and also insert sales and targets to see how successful the digital marketing is going. This tells me what needs doing and what events are selling. I was very pleased when Ollie and Dominika said this would be my regular job which I can input  into the meetings every Tuesday morning.

The second day started with more spreadsheets and analysis of data. After making sure my spreadsheet was updated, I then started to add listings online. This was something I had never done or heard of before, so was exciting to find out other ways of marketing an event online. I was also shown how boosted posts work on Facebook and how the analytics go further into detail of how well the posts are doing.

Today I also had a meeting with DV8 Sussex, where we discussed my training which would take place in their Brighton premises starting in August. I was given a breakdown of all the modules I will be learning to do with Digital Marketing. I am so excited to learn about all these different features within digital marketing, some I heard of but also some I didn’t know which is exciting to me to learn more about it. By the time I knew it, it was 5:30 and time to go home, the day had gone by so fast!

The next day of work, and lots of new tasks to complete. I was asked to add a column onto my existing spreadsheet to keep track of the @dlwp_boxoffice activity including new followers, mentions and retweets as well as top tweets which gained the most impressions and activity to see what their followers are interested in seeing. As well as this I researched into the upcoming family programme so I can target audiences with more understanding. which should have a greater impact.

I also added the upcoming events onto more local listing networks such as netmums, kids to do, whats on in East Sussex and many more.

The end of the week was here, I couldn’t believe how fast it had gone! Today I reached out to audiences of the upcoming family shows. It was nice to focus on particular live events and reach out to specific audiences to understand what they are looking for. I started by researching and joining various family Facebook groups of which I would suggest the event to. This involved me posting my first Facebook post for the De La Warr Pavilion to advertise the new Summer Family Programme. I enjoyed drafting ideas out for posts and tweets and researching online for any resources which could be attached to show behind the scenes or rehearsals of the shows to give the audience an insight of what they would see.

There was a new event ready for release and sale for the Monday, and Laura went through the events directive with me and showed me how to upload new events onto the website. This involved all the features to do with scheduling posts and archiving information onto the website. When I was told I would do this myself for the next event, I was pleased about how much responsibly I am already handing which excites me for what is in store for me here in the next coming weeks.

To end the day I did my own scheduled post. I created an event page on Facebook with all the information from the directive I was given, and scheduled it to be released on the Monday. I have really enjoyed all the tasks I have completed in my first week of working at the De La Warr and I am very interested and excited to learn lots more about the Digital Marketing Role.

I would definitely recommend everyone finishing college to consider doing an apprenticeship. If University isn’t for you or you don’t need to go for your dream job, earning while learning and doing what you love to do straight away is the best idea! You even get a diploma with the training at the end of the first year and I couldn’t recommend it enough. It was the best decision I have made.

Tara Neville  Digital Marketing Apprentice

PS: I will be writing further updates on my time with the Pavilion on this blog .

Tara Neville came to the De La Warr Pavilion via DV8 Sussex.

Director of De La Warr Pavilion announced as Chair of 1066 Country Marketing

1066 Country Marketing, the private/public sector partnership responsible for marketing the area to visitors, has announced Stewart Drew as its new chair Stewart Drew.

Stewart , director and CEO of the De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill, and follows George Bailey, previously the general manager at Bodiam Castle, who has now moved out of the area.

Stewart said :- “The visitor economy is vitally important to many local businesses, and employs over 11 000 local people across 1066 Country.

“This is an exciting time for 1066 Country as we are just starting to develop our strategy for the next ten years. We’ve carried out a lot of market research this summer across the area, and that will be used to help us plan how to maximise the impact of tourism to the area. It is already worth over £550m locally, and I am hoping that we will be able to increase this over coming years by attracting more higher spending visitors throughout the year.

“We have seen the tourism industry evolve in the last ten years, and we must adapt to attract new audiences to a varied and compelling 1066 Country offer.”

Kevin Boorman, manager of 1066 Country Marketing, added :- “I am delighted that Stewart is joining us to help steer us through what promises to be an interesting period. As we move forward from celebrating the 950th anniversary of ‘that’ battle we need to refocus on what we do, and ensure that we properly recognise the wide range of fantastic attractions that there are here in this area.

“Many people know of our historic castles and gardens, but may be less aware of recent additions such as the Source Park, and Jerwood Gallery, or the improvements that have been carried out to other attractions such as the De La Warr Pavilion. We also need to continue to promote the numerous events and festivals that take place all year round across 1066 Country.

“Stewart’s knowledge and expertise will be invaluable as we develop and implement our ten-year strategy, and I look forward to working with him.”



Meet Rosie Cooper #PeopleOfThePavilion

Head of Exhibitions

The De La Warr Pavilion is very pleased to introduce Rosie Cooper as our new Head of Exhibitions.

Most recently, Rosie Cooper was Head of Programmes at Liverpool Biennial. In 2016, she led the team to present new commissions by 44 artists across 21 sites, working in response to the local context whist ensuring international excellence. She was also commissioning editor of The Two-Sided Lake (Liverpool University Press, 2016), the book that accompanied the exhibition. For the 2014 edition, she curated the exhibition on James McNeil Whistler with Mai Abu ElDahab, and prior to that, she curated the public programme at Barbican Art Gallery.

Stewart Drew, DLWP Director and CEO says:

“We are delighted to welcome Rosie to the DLWP team. From Bridget Riley to Cerith Wyn Evans, Richard Wilson to Richard Forster and Tonico Lemos Auad to Peter Blake, we aim to present exhibitions of excellence in our galleries that attract and engage with our audiences, both nationally and locally. Rosie’s creative programme, imaginative approach and hands-on experience in Liverpool, as well as her enthusiasm for the De La Warr Pavilion and her reputation in the sector demonstrated to us that she is the right person to lead the exhibition programme into a new era.”

Rosie Cooper says

“Built in 1935 as the People’s Pavilion for arts and culture, the De La Warr Pavilion is an extraordinary building with a fascinating history. I am very excited to be working with the team to develop an ambitious programme that builds on the Pavilion’s founding ethos and its success to date.”

Rosie will take up her new position on 19 September 2016.

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea  www.dlwp.com
Further details please contact Sally Ann Lycett on  01424 229137 sally.ann.lycett@dlwp.com

De La Warr Pavilion announces Arts Council England’s Catalyst Evolve award

The De La Warr Pavilion is delighted to announce that it is has been awarded a Catalyst Evolve Award from Arts Council England for 2016 – 2020. We are one of 140 projects that will collectively receive a total of £17.5 million through the Catalyst Evolve programme.

The Evolve programme supports organisations  to enable them to attract more private giving via philanthropy.  Philanthropic income could be in the form of major gifts, trusts and foundations, corporate donations and individual giving.  ACE expect the organisations will continue to generate new money for the sector beyond the end of the grant programme.

The award given to the De La Warr Pavilion comprises a grant of £39,207 to be invested in building the fundraising team and resources within the organisation and a further £91,674 to be used as match-funding for any new philanthropic income that is raised from 2016 – 2020.

Emphasis will be on raising new funds for the building and new programmes – including the return of the popular Dear Serge programme .

Stewart Drew, Director and CEO of the Pavilion says :

‘Diversification of our income streams is really key to the De La Warr Pavilion Charitable Trust being a resilient organisation and being able to offer real value for money from the public funding we receive. The Catalyst funding will really help us to develop our fundraising activities, as we work towards further care of and investment in the building.’

It is a great time to become a Member and Patron of the De La Warr Pavilion!  Visit here for information and sign up  http://www.dlwp.com/support-us

For further information contact Sally Ann Lycett on 01424 229137 or sally.ann.lycett@dlwp.com.

"Best Wedding ever!!!!" Rachel & Dan’s Wedding at DLWP

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A fantastic testimonial sent to our Events Coordinator, Skye Brockhurst.

Hi Skye,

Greetings from France on our mini-moon.

We want to thank you for all your effort making the day just perfect for us.

From the day we met through to the big day you have been with us planning. You understood perfectly what we wanted, for our slightly unusual wedding, and what we walked into on the day was better than we could have imagined. Considering all the moving parts everything went perfectly on the day. We didn’t need to worry about a thing. We thank you for this.

The whole day was just brilliant! Everyone has said it was the BEST WEDDING EVER!!! Defiantly was the best wedding we’ve been too! We are both so glad Azure let us down.

Please pass our thanks over to the rest of the DLWP team. All the staff were helpful and friendly. Send our thanks to the chef and caterers, the food was delicious – the posh fish & chips, AMAZING! Thank you to the waiters too, they did an excellent job. Thanks also to the tech team the lighting was great, music timing spot on, and the band sounded fantastic. The band really enjoyed playing, they said it was one of their best gigs. We would like to extend out thanks to the bar staff as well. Both sides of our family’s like a good ‘ol drink! I was a little worried about the single beer tap, but I needn’t of have, it seemed the bar staff managed to cope well with our thirsty lot. J All in all, thank you to EVERYONE at DLWP.

We honestly think the day couldn’t have gone so well without you Skye.

Thank you for all your hard work.

Hope we keep in touch.

Best Regards,

Dan & Rachel Hall. X

Weddings at the De La Warr Pavilion

With stunning sea views to impress your guests, the Pavilion is a 1930s modernist masterpiece for you to use as a blank canvas to make your wedding day unique to you. For details on having your wedding at DLWP click here or contact Skye on events.team@dlwp.com.

The People’s Pavilion – how I played my part

What have people been doing at the Pavilion since it opened in 1935? Since October, I have been volunteering with the exhibitions teamto find out for the upcoming exhibition, The Peoples Pavilion: Our First 80 years. From games on the roof and debates on education cuts to an audience with Quentin Crisp and a bus balanced on the roof, the stories we’ve uncovered have given us an unique insight into the use of the building and reflect what was happening at the time locally and nationally.

A great deal of our research has been carried out at Bexhill Museum, where curator Julian Porter has given us access to the Bexhill Observer archive, patiently handing us volume after volume of this important social history document. Starting with the 1935 edition we have travelled through the decades visiting 80 years of social, political and cultural history, tracing the fortunes of the Pavilion and the role it has played in people’s lives.

I’ve also been part of the volunteer team collecting stories, objects and images from the public, some of this material will be included in the exhibition and all of it, we hope, will form part of a digital archive for the future. What has surprised me most is how moving it’s been to hear people’s personal accounts – the moment a couple first met at a dance; how the pantomime cow at Jack and the Beanstalk terrified a young boy at his first panto; what happened when the pressure group was formed to save the Pavilion from oblivion.

Much attention has been focused on the architecture of the building and rightly so. However, what our research has shown is that it is the people who shape a building; what it is today and what it will be in the future. Our research is ongoing and we really hope that people will continue to share their stories when they visit the exhibition in June.

Post written by Sandy Jones

To find out more about the exhibition The People’s Pavilion: our first 80 years visit: the exhibition page here



Drawn to the Page – Tonico Lemos Auad

On Saturday 27 February 9 writers took part in the Drawn To the Page workshop at the De La Warr Pavilion. Participants have been uploading their work inspired by visiting Tonico Lemos Auad exhibition on to the Drawn to the Page blog. So far 4 writers have posted beautiful poems in response to the exhibition.

To read them visit the Drawn to the Page blog:



Well Done Eddie!

Our Honorary Patron Eddie Izzard has done it again – achieved what too many people would seem impossible. Eddie has run 27 marathons in 27 days in South Africa in honour of Nelson Mandela and in aid of Sport Relief. He has currently raised more than £1million for charity . Bravo Eddie and many congratulations from all at DLWP!

Support him and this magnificent achievement by donating to Sport Relief here

Family Exhibition Trail: Tonico Lemos Auad


Our new Exhibition Family Trail is available online which provides families with activities and investigations, either to be done at home or in Gallery one in conjunction with the Tonico Lemos Auad exhibition. Some young families have produced beautiful poems in response to Tonico Lemos Auad’s artwork Pasagiem Norutrna Calmaria.

The following poem was written by two friends Cain and Jake:

Night Time on the Sea

Oceans are still

The Sky was lit with stars

Under the shining moonlight

Resting still as stone

Nothing moves in the still ocean 

Apart from the fish below 

You too can share your responses from the trail and tweet us @dlwp or email poems, stories and artwork to families@dlwp.com