Artist Mary Hooper is composing a sound track for this year’s Christmas lantern installation in the north staircase of the Pavilion. The sound track will be compiled from recordings of winter woodland sounds, footsteps in the snow, ice melting, and reindeer.

Mary would like to feature  voices of people from different countries saying “peace and goodwill” speaking in their own languages.

If you would like please follow the instructions  below – any age or gender or nationality is welcome to join in!

How to record:

  • Please record on your phone yourself, or a friend or relative saying “peace and goodwill” in your/their own language
  • Try to record without too much noise in the background.
  • Leave a short pause – count to 4 and say “peace and goodwill”
  • After you have spoken the words count to 4 again, stop recording and save.
  • Email the recording to  to ma.hooper1@btinternet.com with the subject line “Christmas message” or share to whatsapp on 07939645939 with the subject title Christmas message.

Thank you for taking part!  The deadline is Tuesday 6 December.

If you would like your name mentioned then  please write your name in the email or message.

Arts Council NPO announcement: standstill award of £517,785 p.a. 2023-2026

 The De La Warr Pavilion announces a standstill award from Arts Council England of £517,785 per annum as part of their National Portfolio of organisations for 2023 -26.

The De La Warr Pavilion is delighted to announce that we have been selected as one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations for 2023-26, along with other celebrated arts and cultural organisations across England. Considered “strong” on all ACE measures, this award represents a standstill in our funding and reflects the Arts Council’s continued belief in the Pavilion to make a difference through culture in our communities and beyond.

We would like to thank the Arts Council England and the National Lottery UK who, alongside Rother District Council, have supported us for many years, and in particular during the acute challenges of the pandemic. We will support Arts Council England to deliver their Let’s Create strategy, with the ambition that by 2030 England will be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish, and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high-quality cultural experiences.

This funding will complement Arts Council’s recent award of £400,000 from their Capital Investment Fund towards a significant Auditorium Technical Upgrade – the first step towards securing further significant capital investment in the building. Read more here

In addition the Pavilion, in partnership with Artswork and Skills East Sussex, has received £196,000 for Talent Accelerator – a pioneering Skills programme that supports young people from areas of high deprivation, rurally-isolated locations and under-represented backgrounds to access and reach their potential within the creative industries. This is the spearhead of DLWPs emerging Skills programmes which include partnerships with Little Gate Farm and the Bexhill Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair to create new opportunities for young people.  Read more here

We are thrilled that our partners Outlands Network have also been welcomed into the Portfolio. Born out of an ACE Strategic Touring grant led by the De La Warr Pavilion, Outlands is an open membership network that supports and unites producers of experimental music and interdisciplinary performance across England.

We will continue to closely work with and support our many partners and networks within the region, some of whom have serious funding challenges ahead.  We will continue to :

  • Work with our partners in Sidley to create new cultural opportunities for young people aged 10-16 in one of the top five deprived wards in the UK.
  • Support artist networks through our strong partnership with Towner Eastbourne, Beeching Road Studios (Bexhill) and Flatland Projects to extend opportunities for emerging artists and curators in our area.
  • Develop programming and new industry placements for skills development of young people with Eastbourne Winter Gardens.
  • Attract funding to conserve the heritage of our unique Grade I Listed modernist building.

Stewart Drew, Director & CEO says,

“Thank you to Arts Council England for recognising the significance of the De La Warr Pavilion in bringing creativity and culture to communities in an area of high deprivation, and 420,000 visitors each year. It is brilliant to have the security of this standstill funding as we face new challenges with the cost of living crisis and energy costs.

As part of our bold vision as a flagship centre for arts and culture in our region, we will continue to deliver free exhibitions from major international artists, a varied live programme of 90+ performances a year, and a diverse programme of learning, participation and schools’ activities. Working with our partners that include the Refugee Buddy Project, Bexhill Museum, Heart of Sidley and Turner Prize nominated Project Art Works, we will co-create with our diverse communities to deliver meaningful creative engagement for young people, families and children, neurodiverse people, those with disabilities and people from low socioeconomic backgrounds.

Our continued support for Beeching Road Studios, Bexhill, and Flatland Projects will allow emerging artists and curators to thrive in the region, building a vibrant cultural economy, where young people will want to live and work.

Our ambitious music and comedy programme will continue to bring headline, international acts to Bexhill, and we will lead region-wide music development and skills initiatives with partners Create Music, Eastbourne Winter Garden, and #1066musiccity.

We are a catalyst for cultural regeneration, driving the cultural, tourism and economic health of the region by taking a lead within our networks, including Sussex Modern, 1066Country, Culture East Sussex and fulfil the potential of the region through Towner Eastbourne’s delivery of the Turner Prize 2023.

Our beautiful Grade I Listed building is at the heart of what we do. We continue to conserve and protect the important heritage of the Pavilion and develop a viable business model so that we can remain as a much-valued community asset for the next 85 years.”

Arts Council England Chair, Sir Nicholas Serota, said: “As well as continuing our commitment to our many established and renowned cultural organisations, I am deeply proud of the support we will be giving to those new organisations which will help ignite creativity across the country.  We are facing economic pressures at present but this funding is about an investment in our future. This portfolio will support the next generation of visionary inventors, makers, performers and artists. In particular, the growth of our funding for organisations that support and develop work for children represents a profoundly important long-term investment in our country’s talent.”

Arts Council England Chief Executive, Darren Henley, said: “Together, each of the 990 organisations that have been offered funding today will contribute to a portfolio that is rich, varied and truly national. This is our widest ever spread of investment across the country, ensuring that many more people will have access to a wider choice of exceptional art, culture and creative opportunities on their doorsteps. We are in tough times but we must remember creativity brings with it extraordinary dividends, boosting our country’s economic growth, creating jobs, bringing communities closer together, and making us happier as individuals. Everyone deserves to enjoy the benefits it brings, and with this investment, we believe we’ve taken a decisive step towards making that vision a reality.”

Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan said: “Thanks to this new government funding package, spreading more money to more communities than ever before, people living in areas from Wolverhampton to Wigan and Crawley to Chesterfield will now get to benefit from the deep economic and social rewards culture can bring.

“We continue to support our icons such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Shakespeare Company, but today’s announcement will see organisations in places all too often overlooked get the support they need to transform access to the arts for everyone – no matter where they live.”

See more on Arts Council England’s 2023-26 Investment Programme on their website: www.artscouncil.org.uk/investment23




The De La Warr Pavilion and Towner Eastbourne are thrilled to announce their collaboration in working together to programme holiday activities for families.

Between us we have selected four artists from East Sussex to deliver an artistic programme across both galleries, developing  their socially engaged practice across the current academic year.

They are Harry McMorrow (top left), Hannah Collisson (top right), Laura Ribbons (bottom left), and Lucie MacGregor (bottom right),

The artists are paired together to work as a duo. Workshops will  respond to themes in the exhibitions on display, which will include themes such as environmental concerns, queer and trans intimacies, anti-racist practices and migration. As well as delivering workshops, the four artists will be supported as a cohort with regular practice development sessions at each gallery. The research, both theory and practice based, undertaken by each will be shared and contribute to the overall learning.

At the end of the programme the  artists will lead an open workshop for artists reflecting on their experiences, as an evolution of the workshop Acts of Transfer: Sharing Social Practice, held at Towner Eastbourne in May ’22.

Hannah Collisson is a multi-disciplinary artist, facilitator, and musician based in St Leonards on Sea. Her work spans theatre, performance, poetry, music and photography. With a background in journalism, storytelling is a common thread running throughout Hannah’s work. She is fascinated by place making and stories told and untold. Hannah is a director of ExploreTheArch, a company which develops experiential theatre, site specific installations and community projects, and a director of Lifesize, a community arts CIC. She is a member of Babes in Arms, a collective of artist mothers, currently exhibiting at DLWP.

Lucie MacGregor is a multi-disciplinary artist, whose making spans the collective gesture as a notion to stir mindful collaboration, to facilitate social change and to consider conversation as creative material. Drawn towards recycling materials connected to her personal geographies, paper pulp has become a therapeutic and playful process for her to question the blurriness between drawing and sculpture. Lucie is currently facilitating workshops with young people at Camden Arts Centre, Drawing Room London and recent exhibitions include make 2022 at Freelands Foundation, a collaborative commission with The Children’s Art School in Kirklees and Deptford X Festival 2021

Harry McMorrow, (BA) is a non-binary queer artist living in St Leonards on Sea. They create tufted wall rugs usually focused around specific iconography and trends from the past. They are currently working on their first solo show, Come As You Are, which will be showing at Big Yin Gallery from November 4th. As well as being a practicing artist they are studying for their postgrad cert in education at University of Brighton. When not training to teach, or making art, they run a queer club night, Club FliQ.

Laura Ribbons (b.1990) is an artist, curator, educator and environmentalist. She graduated from Wimbledon College of Art in 2012 and also holds a Masters degreein environmental anthropology. She has exhibited across the UK and internationally, including in Spain, where she lived between 2018-2019. By exploring her fascination with plants and the ways in which we coexist with them, her bold, mixed-media paintings celebrate the resilience of plants and represent a desire to find solace and resolution in nature against the backdrop of the climate crisis. In 2022 Laura worked with Watts Gallery to co-create an outreach project around sustainability and this summer took part in Towner’s Open Plan residency. She currently lives and works in Hastings.


Announcing a new Creative Development Network Programme, 2022-23

Developing approaches to equality, diversity, representation, and anti-racist practice in schools through arts, culture, and creativity.

The De La Warr Pavilion is thrilled to announce a major primary schools’ programme in partnership with Artswork. From October to January 2023 we are leading a Creative Development Network with seven local schools that will develop approaches to equality, diversity, representation, and anti-racist practice in schools through arts, culture and creativity. Schools taking part are All Saints CE in Sidley, Catsfield Church of England (VC), Chantry Community, Christ Church CE, Little Common, Polegate and St Peter & St Paul C E (VA).

We have  appointed Christina Peake as lead artist and Reem Acason as support artist to deliver this comprehensive and exciting new programme.

The programme has many aspects which include:

  • Exhibition Visits by Year 5 or Year 4 students to the  Pavilion to engage with Zineb Sedira’s exhibition Can’t You See the Sea Changing?
  • Art School Days with creative activities and learning led by the artists in each school.
  • Teacher CPD Sessions, both online and at the De La Warr Pavilion
  • Online Hub for the support of the network and the sharing of knowledge along this process.

The programme built by the artists develops learning through concepts and themes such as environment and identity, narrative and storytelling, temporal spaces, and the empathetic imaginary.

Christina Peake (on left of picture)  is a transdisciplinary artist and an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Researcher with the University of Westminster and The National Archives. Christina’s fascination with cultures was nurtured by her Bajan and British parents who were adamant that she should know both sides of her heritage. This led to ‘home’ emerging across two-nation states, the Republic of Barbados and the U.K., visiting families and natural spaces that embodied those worlds to her as a child and cemented her interest in art, culture, heritage and nature as an adult and dual citizen.

Historically, this fascination was to become focused for her through three threads: cultural plurality, engaging the natural world and storytelling, which evolved to reflect a commitment to art, ecology, liberatory practices and the empowerment of ethically minoritised communities and practitioners. Christina’s practice is research-led, engaging communities and marine environments, with field-work informing a synergistic approach, sourcing material from autobiographical and individual testimony to historical narrative. Christina works to contribute to the formation of new eco-social assemblages through diverse media, emerging methodologies, colonial collections, community engagement and education, forming an expanding archipelago of works across her practice, creating new territories of immersive experiences, learning and radical imagination.’

Reem Acason’s  work explores the parallels and differences which exist across cultures. She is interested in folklore, family stories and people’s personal journeys through life. She references historical portraiture and iconography in her paintings then weaving in individual narratives and the symbolism of patterns, animals, motifs and popular culture. Reem was born in Bahrain and moved to the UK as a child and is currently based in Crowborough. She graduated in 2007 with a first-class degree in Fine Art and works as an artist and arts educator, including with those from under-represented and marginalised groups. She has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally, including twice at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. In 2021 she was shortlisted for the Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize. In the summer of 2022 she took part in the Open Plan residency programme at the Towner Gallery and have been selected for the ING Discerning Eye.

Image L to R : artists Christina Peake and Reem Acason



Sunday 6 November, 2022


Join us for a Sunday evening with Hastings-born Shirley Collins (MBE), for a very special show and a few Traditional Jack In The Green surprises…

Shirley’s love and support for the DLWP rings true as this is one of only two headline shows this year! We’re extremely proud to host a wonderful night of traditional folk, dancing and merriment with Shirley and the Traditional Jack In The Green team.

Shirley’s Lodestar Band comprise of Music Director, Ian Kearey (ex-Blue Aeroplanes and Oysterband), Pete Cooper and Dave Arthur (Rattle on the Stovepipe), Pip Barnes and of course her star dancer, Glen Redman, from Brighton Morris Men.

We were lucky enough to catch up with Shirley this week…

“This will be my second appearance at the De La Warr.

The first was well over fifty years ago! I think it was at a folk festival held there in 1965!

The poster for the event read:

The Waterson Quartets just back from their nationwide tour.

“(I think they’d just come down from Hull!)”

 Shirley Collins – England ‘s versatile young instrumentalist.

(I could just about play a dozen chords on the banjo!)

 Paul Simon – from Texas

(Yes! Bottom of the bill as it was most likely one of his first ever gigs in England as an unknown!)

 From 1978 – 1982 I lived in Bexhill around the corner in Sea Road, just two minutes from the beach; one of our favourite evenings was sitting on the terrace drinking G&T’s and watching the sun go down and the domes glowing in the evening light.

I used to run along the sea front every morning – and one day I saw a sign outside one of the premises in front of the De La Warr that read ‘Gypsy Anita Lee – Your fortunes told, your problems solved…I went in…and I’ll tell the full story of that during the concert on November 6th!!

It was from Bexhill in 1980 that I flew to Australia to sing at The Sydney Opera House.

And the last time I visited was in 2018 to hear Richard Thompson’s wonderful concert. Before then, I’d seen the Grayson Perry exhibition in 2008 and Antony Gormley’s installation on the roof in 2010. That last one made me feel very nervous!

Lots more tales to tell about Bexhill…but I’ll save them for November 6th!”



Born in Hastings in 1935, Shirley was fascinated by folk songs as she was growing up, songs she heard on the radio or sung by her grandparents in Anderson shelters. She left home for London to immerse herself in the burgeoning folk scene; at a party held by Ewan MacColl she met Alan Lomax, and in 1959 she joined him in the USA on the renowned field trip ‘Southern Journey’, recording American folk songs and blues, a formative journey for her personally and professionally.

On her return to England, Shirley cemented her role at the forefront of the Folk Revival, recording over a dozen albums including the influential Folk Roots, New Routes with avant-garde guitarist Davy Graham, and No Roses, from which The Albion Country Band was formed. However, in the 1980s, Shirley lost her singing voice – later diagnosed as a form of dysphonia – and withdrew from performing live. It was only in 2014, after coaxing from David Tibet (Current 93), that Shirley sang in public for the first time since 1982. Since then, she has produced two acclaimed albums for Domino Records, Lodestar and Heart’s Ease and performed live at a handful of important festivals with her Lodestar Band including Celtic Connections, Brighton Festival, Green Man, Cambridge Folk Festival, Copenhagen Documentary Festival, Supersonic, as well at major venues including The Barbican, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and The Sage Gateshead.

Though Shirley Collins (MBE) was absent from the music scene for many years, her impact did not diminish, as the likes of Graham Coxon, Jonny Greenwood, Stewart Lee and Angel Olsen lauded her. A documentary The Ballad of Shirley Collins was released about her in Autumn 2017. She was given the ‘Good Tradition’ award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2008, elected President of the English Folk Dance & Song Society and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music from Sussex University all in the same year. Shirley released her first memoir, America Over the Water, in 2004, (re-printed by White Rabbit in 2021) and has published her autobiography, All In The Downs (2018). Heart’s Ease was released by Domino in 2019, just as the COVID lockdown started, it has been toured very little and this will be a rare chance to hear some of that material live.



De La Warr Pavilion and Towner Eastbourne are working together to programme their holiday activities for families. We are collaborating to deliver an artistic programme for four East Sussex artists to develop their socially engaged practice across the current academic year.

Selected artists will be paired together to work as a duo. Each institution will work with two artists on site, and host regular practice development sessions. These two artists will deliver creative workshops at one location over four school holidays; Autumn school holiday, February school holiday, Spring school holiday and May school holiday. Workshops must respond to themes in the exhibitions on display, these will include themes such as environmental concerns, queer and trans intimacies, anti-racist practices and migration. As well as delivering workshops, the four artists will be supported as a cohort with regular practice development sessions at each institution. The research, both theory and practice based, undertaken by each will be shared and contribute to the overall learning.

At the end of the programme the four artists will lead an open workshop for artists reflecting on their experiences, as an evolution of the workshop Acts of Transfer: Sharing Social Practice, held at Towner Eastbourne in May ’22.

Who can apply?

  • Artists based within East Sussex and  easy travelling distance who have experience or interest in socially engaged practice
  • Artists who wish to plan and lead creative workshops to develop and enrich their practice
  • Artists will apply individually with an understanding that they will be delivering workshop activities as a duo

Programme Offer:

  • Artist Fee for each artist which covers cost of planning, preparing and delivering workshops during the specified four school holidays, and the final workshop for artist.
  • Opportunity to work closely with leading cultural institutions over the course of an academic year
  • Group sharing sessions around each holiday delivery to share learning and improve practice
  • Opportunity to collaborate with other artists and make new work together
  • Free use of space, materials and refreshments at each location for sharing and planning sessions
  • Access to exhibition research material and staff expertise

How to Apply?

Please fill out this form


Deadline for applications: Thursday 06 October 2022 at 5pm

Start date: 17 October 2022

Fee: Planning £140 per full day

Lead artist delivery £250 per full day, £140 ½ day

Support artist delivery £140 per full day

Artists will be expected to deliver 2 to 3 workshops in each academic break

For more information or support with applying for this role please email: dee.haughney@dlwp.com

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 1926 – 2022

It is with immense sadness that we received the news of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Our sincere condolences go to our President, the Queen Consort , and to all members of the Royal Family.

We pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth’s extraordinary service and duty to our country.

The Queen’s only visit to the De La Warr Pavilion was on 28 October, 1966 where she and Prince Philip were greeted by Bexhill dignitaries whilst the excited crowds gathered outside in the rain. In honour of the Royal couple, two spaces in the Pavilion were renamed after them. The Elizabeth Room enclosed the Sun Parlour, merging it with the Reading room and is now the seated area of the Cafe Bar, whilst  the Edinburgh Room  is now the First floor gallery.

As a mark of respect, the Pavilion will close to the on Monday 19 September for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.


We are so excited to be partnering with Bexhill’s newest gallery Flatland Projects at Beeching Road Studios to offer an exciting new curatorial fellowship programme: an opportunity for an emerging curator to develop skills in curating and arts management through mentorship and practical exhibitions experience over a 6-month period from September 2022 – February 2023.

This is open to anyone over 18 years of age who has no more than 5 years curatorial experience, including applicants who have no experience at all and is a PAID opportunity.

If selected, you will collaborate with both galleries through a varied programme of activities, including studio visits, hands-on experience of developing exhibitions and the opportunity to develop a new exhibition at Flatland Projects opening in February 2023. The fellowship offers the opportunity to craft a programme that fits with the chosen curator’s interests and will support their professional development in the best possible way.


We are excited to announce that we will be opening on Monday – Sunday (seven days a week) from 27 June.*

Opening times: 10am – 5pm + evenings for advertised events.

*However, in order to manage some of our bigger events this summer, we will be open to ticket holders only on the following dates:

  • Saturday 18 June: for Jo Whiley’s 90s Anthems (Music’s Not Dead will be accessible from the north side of the building 8am – 11am for Record Store Day)
  • Tuesday 12 July (for staff training)
  • Saturday 16 July:  for Bob Marley 50th Anniversary Celebration
  • Saturday 23 July:  for Bexfest

Make sure those dates are in your diary when you are planning your visit and we look forward to seeing you this summer!

The De La Warr Pavilion receives £400,000 from Arts Council England’s Capital Investment Programme

The De La Warr Pavilion is among 66 cultural organisations across the country to benefit from a share of over £22.7 million from Arts Council England’s Capital Investment Programme. This programme aims to help cultural organisations across the country transform their buildings and equipment so they can operate safely post-pandemic, improve access, seize technological opportunities, and reduce environmental impact.

This  £400,000 award will enable the De La Warr Pavilion to deliver a significant upgrade to our auditorium Technical Theatre Systems, thereby extending our reach, reducing our carbon footprint and improving our business model resilience post-pandemic. The upgrade will include a new assisted listening system, PA system, LED lighting and console, and stage external rigging.

Although this is a standalone project, it is the start of a wider capital masterplan to transform Creativity, Community and Skills in our region.

For DLWP, the auditorium is key to a sustainable future, attracting the highest calibre of artists as diverse as The Pixies, Orchestra Baobab, Ministry Of Sound, Dionne Warwick, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Goldfrapp. This international programme of live music welcomes an audience of over 70,000 people per annum, with 10% staying overnight, and 35% eating and drinking within the town. 95% rate their experiences good, very good and excellent and 75% said that our live programme encouraged participation in community life.

The upgrade to our Technical Theatre Systems will:

  • Significantly reduce our carbon footprint by using more energy efficient technology e.g. up to 50% on our lighting equipment alone and significant reduction on our sound and AVE systems.
  • Improve the accessibility of our auditorium e.g. the old hearing loop will be replaced by a new assisted listening system.
  • Help us meet our ambitions to assist young people in the local area, offering skills training to those looking for a career in theatre/event tech and management including the introduction of new T-levels with the local colleges and wider learning and music opportunities.
  • Reduce expenditure on hiring equipment and staffing

Stewart Drew, Director and CEO of the De La Warr Pavilion said:
“We are thrilled to receive this significant award from Arts Council England to upgrade our Theatre systems, some of which have not been addressed for over 50 years.  The increasing popularity of our live programme, and the regular use of the auditorium by local people, both in the audience and on stage means that this upgrade is essential for the viability of the organisation to attract international artists and remain at the heart of its community. Thank you Arts Council England!”

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said:
“World class creativity and culture needs a resilient and sustainable infrastructure to allow it to flourish. With these investments in the buildings, equipment, and digital systems of cultural organisations across England, we are helping to secure the future of that infrastructure, and making sure that people from every part of the country can continue enjoying all the benefits it delivers for years to come.”


The full data on successful applicants to the Capital Investment Programme to date can be found on the Arts Council website live from 8am on Tuesday 10 May.

Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. We have set out our strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high-quality cultural experiences. We invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision. www.artscouncil.org.uk.

Following the Covid-19 crisis, the Arts Council developed a £160 million Emergency Response Package, with nearly 90% coming from the National Lottery, for organisations and individuals needing support. We are also one of the bodies administering the Government’s unprecedented £1.96 billion Culture Recovery Funds. Find out more at www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19

The De La Warr Pavilion (DLWP) is a centre for arts, culture, and creativity in an iconic modernist building by the sea, designed by refugee Erich Mendelsohn and émigré Serge Chermayeff. It opened in 1935 as the ‘people’s palace for art and culture’ and now produces an innovative and integrated cultural programme of exhibitions and creative engagement programmes . Our upcoming live programme includes Orchestra Baobab, Warpaint and The Unthanks.

The Pavilion takes the lead in the development of cultural tourism and skills in the region through Sussex Modern and the Coastal Culture trail and plays a central role in the cultural and economic growth in Sussex.