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 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.

Click here to apply.


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.

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

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.


Are you aged 16 – 22 years? Join The Blueprint Collective!

Are you aged 16 – 22 years? Join the Blueprint Collective!

Have you ever wondered what it is like to work in the arts? Are you interested in making events happen? Keen to develop your creative and leadership skills? We would love to tell you more about the Blueprint Collective!

The Blueprint Collective is group of young people (aged 16 – 22) who aim to contribute to shaping the cultural life of De La Warr Pavilion, develop their own creative practice and learn new skills. The group meet regularly every week (on and off-line) to develop projects. We are actively seeking new members to grow the group and to take the opportunity to work with RESOLVE, an exciting artists’ Collective from London. The exhibition, What The Wild Things Are opens in our gallery at the end of May and this is a unique opportunity for you to be part of our exhibitions programme.

Sunday 27 February, 2 – 5pm

Come and join the Blueprint Collective for a session on curating and how to talk about art, led by Joseph Constable, Acting Head of Exhibitions at De La Warr Pavilion. Joseph comes to DLWP from The Serpentine Gallery, London, but also studied at Bexhill College and lives locally.

Find out more here

If you are interested in joining the group, please email

DLWP Bandstand blows away

The Whale Tail, the Sea Shell, The Heart – just some of the affectionate names for the De La Warr Pavilion Bandstand – has been torn apart by the high winds of Storm Eunice.

Launched just over 20 years ago in December 2001, this iconic piece of architecture was the result of the work of Jill Theis MBE and the Friends of the De La Warr Pavilion, supported by the Ibstock Enovert Trust and co-designed by architect Niall McLaughlin with Bexhill schoolchildren.  The Bandstand was a signal for change heralding the redevelopment project of the whole building  in 2003 – 2005 . Thanks to the continued generosity of the Ibstock Enovert Trust, the Bandstand underwent renovation itself in 2017.

Awarded the Regional RIBA Prize in 2002, the Bandstand has been at heart of our most democratic of spaces – the south terrace – and platformed international artists such as Eddie Izzard,  Keane and Jeremy Deller’s Acid Brass. It has been a springboard for first outings for local bands that became famous such as Mumm-Ra, and our many talented community choirs, musicians and groups.

We invite you to share with us your stories of the Bandstand – whether you appeared on it, danced in front of it, sat in a deckchair listening to music , had your wedding photograph taken on it, or were one of the original schoolchildren who helped design it – any memory or photograph to celebrate 20 years of the Bandstand being part of our story would be fantastic to see.

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The De La Warr Pavilion has been bringing communities together through culture for over 85 years. We are your Pavilion and still need your support. Please click here to donate.

Warpaint – Radiate Like This – New Album

Warpaint – Radiate Like This, their first full length in six years is out May 6. Champion, the first single to be taken from the album, debuts today – Jan 26.

“Being a champion to oneself and for others,” the band says of the new track. “We are all in this together, life is too short not to strive for excellence in all that we do.”

As well as the new album Warpaint have announced a 5 date UK tour of which we are very proud to announce includes a date with us (May 17) at the De La Warr Pavilion (Bexhill).

Book Warpaint tickets here – May 17

Warpaint – Radiate Like This

01. Champion
02. Hips
03. Hard To Tell You
04. Stevie
05. Like Sweetness
06. Trouble
07. Proof
08. Altar
09. Melting
10. Send Nudes

Pre-save/pre-order the LP here.

Warpaint – Champion

The De La Warr Pavilion to receive £325,000 from third round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

The De La Warr Pavilion is delighted to announce that we have been awarded £325,000 from the third and final round of Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. This funding will support the organisation to remain #HereforCulture during what is set to be a very busy winter season.

This award is critical in helping us bounce back from three extended Covid-19 closures in 2020 and 2021. This winter we are delivering 73 live rescheduled and new shows, as well as community programmes postponed from last year. Whilst still in recovery from the pandemic and keeping a close eye on government announcements, this funding will support us to rebuild our operational and customer-facing teams and reboot our prestigious programmes of gigs, events and festivals.

Stewart Drew, Director and CEO, De La Warr Pavilion said:

““Thank you to DCMS and Arts Council England for their continued support, which is crucial in enabling the organisation to build viability as we enter an exceptionally busy winter season; 73 live shows to March 2022. We will continue to work with our community – providing culture and entertainment, spaces, and participatory programmes – and local businesses and tourism partners to support the wider regional visitor economy, create jobs and get people back into work.

As ever we would like to thank Rother District Council who have given us much-needed stability during these turbulent times with their exceptional and ongoing support and vision.

Our funders and supporters during this time have shown outstanding support in enabling the Pavilion to face the challenges brought on by the pandemic, and in championing our work at the heart of our community, where the De La Warr Pavilion has been for 86 years.”

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said:

“Culture is for everyone and should therefore be accessible to everyone, no matter who they are and where they’re from.

Through unprecedented government financial support, the Culture Recovery Fund is supporting arts and cultural organisations so they can continue to bring culture to communities the length and breadth of the country, supporting jobs, boosting local economies and inspiring people.”

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said:

“This continued investment from the Government on an unprecedented scale means our theatres, galleries, music venues, museums and arts centres can carry on playing their part in bringing visitors back to our high streets, helping to drive economic growth, boosting community pride and promoting good health. It’s a massive vote of confidence in the role our cultural organisations play in helping us all to lead happier lives”.


For all our new and rescheduled Live and community events visit our website here.

Our tourism partners include; Sussex Modern, 1066 Country, Coastal Culture Trail

Our business partners include; Bexhill Chamber of Commerce, Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce

Our community partners include; The Hastings and Rother Refugee Buddy Project, Rother Voluntary Action (RVA), Hastings & Rother Arts Education Network (HRAEN),  East Sussex Music Service, Discovery College, Bexhill College and Bexhill and Rother schools.

Support for artists opportunity from Home Live Art

We are delighted to share this opportunity from our friends at Home Live Art.

Home Live Art are now accepting applications for a new development fund offering a budget of £4,500 to support four artists to develop their practice with fellow creative practitioners.
There is no expectation of a final or fixed outcome, this fund is about supporting collaboration and allowing space for artists to try new things out and take risks.

To be eligible artists must make live work and have performed in the Hastings and Rother region of East Sussex within the last four years.Application deadline: 10 December 2021.

More information or to apply here

Reignite is supported by Arts Council England

The timeless, all year round beauty of the Coastal Culture Trail

by Katie Lineker

With the clocks turning back, and a shift in the weather, the change of season is certainly upon us.

The transition from Autumn to Winter along the Coastal Culture Trail can be both beautiful and dramatic. The low winter sun highlights the stunning landscape that sweeps alongside the 18 miles of coastline that links Eastbourne, Bexhill, and Hastings, and you are more likely to catch a stunning sunrise or sunset at this time of year. If you are lucky enough to see the sun as it drops into the English Channel just in front of Beachy Head, then you are lucky enough to know what a special stretch of Sussex coastline this is.

As a county, Sussex has a history of attracting artists, writers, makers and creators to live, work, and make here. With its diverse and dramatic landscape of the South Downs, the beauty of the coastline, and the clarity of the light, it is easy to see how you can be inspired here.

Writer, photographer, and local resident Roff Smith has spent the last 30 years travelling the world working for titles such as National Geographic, and has recently turned his attentions more locally, discovering that you don’t have to go far to feel like you have travelled and experienced great things.

Speaking of his most recent Sussex explorations, Roff says:

“Every morning I set off on a journey, up at sparrows and down the street on my bicycle, exercising my imagination as much as my legs. By the time I return to the house an hour or two later, having witnessed the sunrise and put however many miles of town and country beneath my wheels, I feel as though I have been places, seen things, travelled in the grand old sense of the word. To that end I bring along my camera and tripod and record these journeys as though they were travel stories, celebrating the freedoms and simple joy of a bicycle ride and the marvels of travelling at home. I find myself seeing with new eyes and delighting in the discovery that you don’t need to hop on a plane to experience a sense of wonder or the romance of difference. It’s right on my doorstep. And on yours too, if you look”

Roff’s words are a celebration of the region, and his photography perfectly captures the relentless, all year round beauty of the Coastal Culture Trail, reminding us that a sense of adventure or a quiet, still charm is not as far away as you may think.

Steeped in tradition, the towns that hug the Coastal Culture Trail are famous for their festivals and this winter you can indulge in a calendar of festive events from bonfire societies to frost fairs, laser light shows to late night shopping. With the enthusiasm of a child, the hum of excitement of Winter is hanging in the air and it is time to eagerly dust off your winter coat and head outside to find them.

With a new programme of exhibitions announced at the Towner Eastbourne, De La Warr Pavilion, and Hastings Contemporary, there is certainly enough to keep me returning. Planning winter escapes are the perfect excuse to hunt out restaurants with local, seasonal menus, and here in Sussex you will be spoiled for choice, paired with locally brewed beer, or a glass of world famous Sussex wine. There is so much to fit in that it is almost certain that you should stay for the weekend and give yourself the time to both explore and pause in equal measure.

We have all faced another challenging year, and the shorter days and longer nights can leave us feeling a little reflective. As we naturally assess what we have, where we are, and where we may want to go next, the rediscovery of the beauty on our doorstep is a powerful reminder of where we find ourselves and what we have achieved. Wellbeing has become an important part of navigating our post pandemic lives, and reconnecting with nature, taking time to embrace the outdoors, and pausing to take in the natural landscape can all contribute to a better balance of life. It turns out you don’t have to go that far to feel like you’ve come a long way.

Thank you to Roff Smith for giving us permission to use his photography, and for his support of the Coastal Culture Trail. Discover more about Roff’s work and photography on his website ‘The Art of the Ride’ here.

Visit the Coastal Culture Trail website to find out more about the trail here.

To book accommodation in the area, visit 1066 Country website here



Announcing Joseph Constable as DLWP’s Acting Head of Exhibitions

We are delighted to welcome Joseph Constable,  curator, writer and producer to the De La Warr Pavilion as our new Acting Head of Exhibitions.

Joseph joins us from the Serpentine Galleries, where most recently he co-curated major solo exhibitions of Hervé Télémaque (October 2021), Cao Fei (March 2020), and an online exhibition of artist moving image from East Asia in collaboration with NOWNESS and K11 Art Foundation (April 2020). He is also the co-curator of Park Nights 2021, Serpentine’s interdisciplinary live programme. Previous exhibitions include Albert Oehlen, Luchita Hurtado, Grace Wales Bonner, Atelier E.B, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Ian Cheng, Torbjørn Rødland, Arthur Jafa, John Latham, and Lucy Raven, as well as three Serpentine Pavilion commissions.

Joseph also works as a producer and curator of artist moving image and has organised film screenings at Hackney Picturehouse, Peckhamplex Cinema, Mindscape Universe, Berlin, and Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea. His writing has been published in Art Monthly, ESP Magazine, this is tomorrow, and as part of several exhibition catalogues. In 2019, he was Writer in Residence at Jerwood Arts. In 2015, he was the winner of the NEON Curatorial Award, in collaboration with The Whitechapel Gallery, London.

Joseph knows the Pavilion very well, as he grew up just outside Bexhill, attending Bexhill College before leaving to study in Edinburgh and London.  He says:

“Having grown up on the south east coast, I have long admired the De La Warr Pavilion for its multi-disciplinary programming and unique architecture. I am thrilled to collaborate with the team during this exciting period for the Pavilion and to foster new connections between artists and audiences. ”

Stewart Drew, DLWP Director & CEO says :

“The Acting Head of Exhibitions role is key to the planning and development of the future of the organisation.  We are excited to welcome Joseph to Bexhill and to work with him in the coming months  as we go through an exciting period of change”