Roy Voss’ The Way Things Are, our co-commission with Grundy Art Gallery Blackpool and Berwick Visual Arts is currently showing at Grundy until 23 June 2018.

Stretching through the Grundy’s two ground-floor gallery spaces, The Way Things Are is a sculpture, precisely and elegantly constructed in poplar wood that approximates to the form of a pier. Inspired by Victorian lithographs, contemporary architects’ drawings and the artist’s own recollections, The Way Things Are extends the artist’s interest in romantic longing; between desire and lived experience, between memory and fact.

Voss finds something simultaneously prosaic and profound about the British seaside pier. If the coastline is a boundary, a marker for the edge of ordinary experience, then the pier forms a space beyond this.

Temporarily taking up the mantle of Blackpool’s fourth pier, The Way Things Are draws our attention to this town’s built heritage and in particular to Blackpool’s three world-renowned piers. Adding extra significance to the presentation of this work in Blackpool this year is the fact that 2018 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Eugenius Birch, North Pier’s designer.

For further information, visit Grundy Art Gallery’s website here.

Visit our archive to find out about The Way Things Are at the De La Warr Pavilion (Saturday 23 September 2017 – Sunday 28 January 2018)


Since the early 20th century 8 March has been observed as International Women’s Day. A day to celebrate incredible women and their achievements whilst also campaigning for the change still needed to achieve gender equality.

This year the De La Warr Pavilion marked International Women’s Day by inviting author Kate Hodges and artist Kit Powell to host creative workshops for local students and staff from Bexhill College, DV8 Sussex and Sussex Coast College Hastings.

Kate Hodges started the session with a reading from her new book  I Know a Woman: The inspiring connections between the women who have shaped our world.  She told the group about many unexpected associations including the friendship between the great scientist Mary Somerville and the pioneering mathematician Ada Lovelace, and the influence Josephine Baker had on Beyoncé. The participants were invited to draft an Instagram post about any woman who inspires them in an A3 poster format.


Inspirational women featured in the posters included Queen Elizabeth I, controversial artist Frida Kahlo and one of the participants sister, who she described as “a lesbian conservationist, who wears ugly trousers and doesn’t give a **** what anyone else thinks”.

Kit Powell then led the group in making protest placards for a rally that would take place through the building and surrounds, enabling participants to express something they wanted and needed to say. The messages ranged from expression of love ‘I love my mam’ to cries for change ‘All bodies deserve to be loved’, ‘Trans people are people too’ and ‘Stop hair shaming’


After a quick warm up the rally headed along the seafront and ascended to the De La Warr rooftop. Placards held high against the wind with the accompanying call and response of “WHAT DO WE WANT?” – “WE WANT TO BE HEARD!”, and “ WHEN DO WE WANT IT?” – “NOW!”

International Women’s Day was celebrated in the best possible way. Learning about Herstory (as opposed to history), expressing appreciation of incredible women and literally shouting from the rooftop, in order to push for progress.

Written by Kit Powell

There’s no stopping Bexhill’s Jobs Fair!

Despite severe weather warnings and much of the county closing their doors last Friday it was business as usual for the annual Bexhill Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair, which went full steam ahead and proved a huge success.

Hundreds of delegates turned up suited, booted and ready for work, with just two of the fifty two registered exhibitors unable to attend.

The high number of attendees and comradery on the day proved that it takes more than a spell of bad weather to dampen the spirit of local businesses and jobseekers. The non-profit, community led event, held at the De La Warr Pavilion, welcomed fifty local employers and over three hundred and fifty delegates with hundreds of live vacancies available on the day; as well as workshops, apprenticeships and training opportunities. Jobseekers were more diverse in terms of age and background than ever before.

Diane Rysdale, Hastings Direct Recruitment Operations Director said:

‘The Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair 2018 was another great event for Bexhill and we were delighted to be part of it. It was great to see so many people looking for work and attending the various employability and CV workshops. Our Hastings Direct team spoke to lots of prospective employees and it was great for one of our colleagues, who we met at last year’s fair, to share her Hastings Direct story.’

Martin Riley, President of the Bexhill Chamber of Commerce and Tourism said:

‘I spoke to many exhibitors, all of whom were very impressed with the show; both quality of organisation and mix of candidates. Everyone I spoke to want to be involved next year.’

Employers ranged from huge Bexhill-based multi-nationals to local, family-run businesses, with industries ranging from construction to design to commerce to needlework.

A great day for local business and a testament to the unbreakable spirit of our thriving community, proving once and for all that Bexhill really is #readyforgrowth.

De La Warr Pavilion is partner in ground-breaking project to create world-class art that will bring more tourists to South East

Turner Contemporary has been awarded significant funding from Arts Council England to create a series of new artworks to showcase the South East’s extraordinary cultural offer and increase the number of international and domestic tourists visiting the region.

The award-winning gallery has received £500,000 from Arts Council England’s £3.28 million Cultural Destinations programme for a pioneering new cultural tourism project.

Building on the Creative Coast’s world-class cultural offer, the South East’s outstanding art galleries will come together with leading artists and tourism businesses to create a unique new cultural ‘treasure hunt’ trail to tempt visitors to the region. The trail combines original new artwork commissions by internationally renowned artists, geocaching GPS technology, new bookable itineraries and an artist-led accommodation offer.

Turner Contemporary will lead the project with Visit Kent (Go To Places), who have been awarded £350,000 for the project from the UK Government’s £40 million Discover England Fund, administered by VisitEngland.

This is the first time the gallery will commission leading UK and international artists to create artworks across the whole of the South East region, with the aim to mobilise visitors across the Creative Coast. Turner Contemporary will work with partners Creative Foundation, De La Warr Pavilion, Jerwood Gallery, Metal, Towner Art Gallery and Whitstable Biennale on the project.

Director of Turner Contemporary Victoria Pomery OBE said:

“We’re delighted to have secured Culture Destinations funding. By truly putting arts and culture at the core of the project, we aim to create a unique, cohesive visitor offer which celebrates our distinctive coastline and significantly grows the visitor economy for the region. This ambitious project will create an experiential trail, relevant to key markets, through digital technologies and partnerships across the South East.”

Targeted at French and Dutch tourists and UK visitors, the project will create a new digital foot, cycle and train trail through Essex, Kent and East Sussex. Along the route, visitors will be able to find the new original artworks and log treasure containers – ‘geocaches’. They will be able to book experiences in each of the destinations such as tours and artists talks, and the project will trial a new accommodation offer, allowing visitors to visit and stay in artists’ homes and studios.

The investment follows the successful Cultural Destinations programme 1 project Culture Kent. This three-year project brought cultural and tourism organisations together to reposition Kent as the UK’s creative county, through a series of pilot events and artworks. In-depth research undertaken as part of the project has revealed that cultural tourists to Kent have a higher propensity to visit for longer than ‘regular’ tourists, generating more spend for the local economy.

Sarah Dance, Project Director said:

“The Culture Kent project was just the starting point for our cultural tourism ambitions to increase visitors to the South East. We know that in order to become a really successful ‘cultural destination’ we need to be a networked area, delivering a total experience to visitors that helps them understand a location and its people, through history and contemporary culture. So this investment gives us the opportunity to really create something special, giving visitors a completely new, connected experience, and presenting the South East as a truly unmissable cultural destination.”

The trail route will include the Thames Estuary, Whitstable, Margate, Folkestone, Hastings, Bexhill and Eastbourne, showcasing some of the most dramatic coastal scenery and creating a unique and immersive cultural experience for all, and building on the Coastal Culture Trail that invites visitors to travel along the East Sussex coast between Towner Art Gallery Eastbourne, De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill and Jerwood Gallery Hastings.

Sandra Matthews-Marsh MBE, Chief Executive Visit Kent (Go to Places) said:

“We are thrilled that we have the chance to work with our partners at Turner Contemporary to bring this exciting cultural project to life. More than 44% of visitors to Britain in 2016 stated ‘cultural attractions’ were their main motivator for choosing Britain as a holiday destination, and visits to museums and art galleries accounted for £889m of visitor spend that year alone. Our goal is to inspire international visitors who are interested in cultural adventures to go out and explore our coastline, and discover new art installations, stunning galleries and incredible characters and communities on the way.”

Turner Contemporary will lead on the delivery of the project’s arts content, including the new artworks, while Visit Kent (Go to Places) will lead on building and marketing the project’s tourism offer.

The project has also secured significant investment from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP), East Sussex County Council and Kent County Council.

The three-year project will grow the visitor economy by 2020, showing how new initiatives and a networked cultural destination can increase tourism across the South East.

Hedley Swain, Area Director, South East, Arts Council England, said:

“Some of our country’s most exciting and innovative arts and cultural organisations are located along the south east’s coastline, each playing an important role in the future success of their local towns. This project will strengthen this even further, enabling these organisations to forge new partnerships and create a more compelling and joined-up offer that increases tourism in the region. I am excited for what this project means for our coastal areas, not just in terms of reaching new audiences, but also for how it will contribute to the region’s economy, reputation and sense of pride.”

Visit England Chief Executive Sally Balcombe said:

“The calibre of submissions to the Discover England Fund reflects the innovation in product development thriving across the country’s tourism landscape. The successful projects will boost international and domestic visitor growth creating a step-change in the industry and spreading the economic benefits of tourism across England. This project will harness the enthusiasm of art loving visitors with an imaginative offer than will feed their interest in art and encourage them to explore our coast out of season.”

Adam Bryan, Managing Director, SELEP said:

“The creative and cultural industries are a critical part of the South East economy. This has been acknowledged by SELEP in previous and new strategic plans and we expect to play our part in creating the conditions for the sector to thrive. To that end, we are delighted to support this programme and look forward to seeing its successes.”

East Sussex Council said:

“East Sussex has a thriving visitor economy and we know that the main reason people visit us is because of our outstanding cultural offer. This new project will help us to showcase our offer further afield and attract more visitors to the county, growing the customer base for a range of businesses from accommodation, food and drink to the cultural organisations themselves. We are delighted to be part of this ambitious programme.”

Mr Michael Hill, Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services, Kent County Council said:

“Kent County Council continues to invest in culture and the creative industries, appreciating the benefits this brings to our local economy and our communities. Culture is now a driving force in attracting visitors to Kent, generating significant economic growth. Over the last ten years we have enabled the production of pioneering and visionary creative activity and supported outstanding art. This new cultural tourism project builds on this solid foundation. Working with partners in East Sussex and Essex, the innovative art trail will add richness to our cultural offer, positioning our fantastic coastline as the UK’s Creative Coast.”

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation supports OUTLANDS

We are delighted to announce support of £100,000 (for 2018 – 20) from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for OUTLANDS, the new national experimental music touring network.  This generous funding is in addition to the support received from Arts Council England Strategic Touring Fund announced last July.

OUTLANDS will tour a programme of adventurous interdisciplinary music throughout the UK via a network of ten independent venues and creative producers in eight regions. Born out of a desire to share expertise and resources, encourage diversity and accessibility, build local audiences and to support engaging and ambitious interdisciplinary music programme across the country, the network partners will commission and tour six new music productions over two years. Running alongside will be a free interconnected participation programme which offers new experiences to audiences through workshops, open rehearsals and Q&A’s, illuminating the artistic processes within experimental music.

The first tour will be an exciting new live collaboration between internationally renowned US composer, Matana Roberts​ and British sound artist/improviser Kelly Jayne Jones. ​A very special series of sonic episodes bring together US mixed-media composer/ saxophonist Matana Roberts​ & UK improviser and flautist Kelly Jayne Jones​, two artists from disparate backgrounds, finding affinity in practices charged by fiercely personal philosophies on sound and its potential within a patchwork of genre, texture and meaning. Roberts and Jones will weave their own approaches into live collaborative works informed by deeply expressive playing, tactile electro-acoustic interplay and a broader shared politics of resistance/defiance.

At the De La Warr Pavilion on Thursday 10 May –  book here

Read the announcement on Drowned in Sound here.

“Projects like these act as the first line of resistance against a potentially myopic, monoculture and should be supported.” 

Commissioned by OUTLANDS, produced by Qu Junktions and supported by Arts Council England and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Announcing Ed Frith as DLWP’s new Head of Live Programme

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Ed Frith as Head of Live Programme at the De La Warr Pavilion

Ed joins us directly from his role as Music Events Manager at the Roundhouse, Camden where he delivered a diverse range of music events from Radiohead to David Byrne, Patti Smith to Chic, Snarky Puppy to BBC live music events. He was involved in its many festivals including the Apple music festival and Roundhouse Rising – a platform for emerging musicians – and took the lead on booking the Bonobo and Tru Thoughts all day festivals. Ed has strong relationships within the music industry and has worked closely with the Roundhouse Learning team to develop opportunities for young people within the sector.

Ed says about his appointment :

“I am excited to explore the many opportunities that working at such an iconic venue will present for artists and to bring my experience and expertise to continue to deliver a diverse and stand-out programme for the for the Pavilion and its audiences.”

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

“Ed joins us as we start to develop our live programme over the next five years, continuing to bring the best acts to East Sussex, but also helping us to grow the impact that our programme has on our community, particularly supporting young people and skills development in the region. Ed’s appointment completes a new programming team for the De La Warr Pavilion, joining Rosie Cooper (Head of Exhibitions), Ashley McCormick (Head of Learning & Participation), Caleb Madden (Outlands Project Director) and Sam Francis (Outlands Project Manager). “

Enquiries for Live Programming should be directed to Jo Beattie, until Ed takes up his position in late March.

For further information please contact Sally Ann Lycett on 01424 229137 or


The De La Warr Pavilion Young Creatives latest event was in conjunction with the opening of Caroline Achaintre’s Fantômas exhibition.

Fantômas is a wonderfully playful show that incorporates ceramic sculptures and large hand-tufted wall pieces. Each work has a resemblance to primitive masks and has been given a unique ‘character’ by the artist.

I was asked to record the group’s thoughts on the show. One of the many ideas that we discussed  was the feeling of putting on a mask and assuming a different identity. Some members of the group have experience in performing and so talked about the importance of putting on make up as a mask in order to get into the character and help the suspension of disbelief. One of the group even came up with the idea of putting on a ‘morph suit’ and going about town without anyone knowing who they were.

I found it fascinating how engaged the group were in thinking of the different situations where a ‘mask’ can be used. Before going into the exhibition for this session, the idea of a mask, for me,  was perhaps full of mainly negative connotations. The images of World War II gas masks and notable film villains all have the element of the macabre. This group however seemed to be constantly looking at the benefits of putting on a mask. For instance, they mentioned that while at an event such as Hastings Gay Pride, the donning of glitter and makeup on your face could be seen as a ‘mask’. Not in the sense of hiding away but to perhaps amplify your true self.

Fantômas is a show that certainly sparked some enlightening discussions in the Young Creatives, even down to what colour some of the plinths are! From this session and the thoughts of The De La Warr Young Creatives I think we are able to see elements of this exhibition from a different perspective.

Written by Roland Squire

Find out more about the Young Creatives

Abstract animation piece wins the Idea Of A Pier Short Film Challenge

We are delighted to announce the winner of the Idea Of A Pier Short Film Challenge is James Cox, a 22 year old second-year BA Graphic Design for Digital Media student at the University of Brighton. James is awarded a £300 prize from the De La Warr Pavilion, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool and Berwick Visual Arts. His film, entitled Pier was shown in the ground floor gallery at DLWP on Saturday 27 January along with work by 14 other entrants.

In response to The Way Things Are – a sculpture of an idea of a pier by Roy Voss – an open call was made inviting people to create a short film that conjured up their own “idea of a pier”.  It could be a place of adventure, coming of age, romance, dazzling engineering, ghosts, or something else altogether. The creative challenge was open to everyone, including professionals, students, enthusiasts and first-time filmmakers.

Ashley McCormick, Head of Learning and Participation at DLWP, said

“James’ film stood out as a skillful and original piece of work. Abstract geometries collide to grow a fantasy pier for Bexhill, pulsing with light and life. We were impressed that James composed the music as well as producing the animation.”

We would like thank all the filmmakers who took up the challenge and whose work showed a wide variety of creative and individual responses. All films can be seen on our YouTube Channel.

They are :

Sara Ehrlichova : Ode To Pier

Project Artworks : All Done Up

Aida Hamed : Air and Water

Little Common School: Idea of a Pier

April Yasamee : Pier to Me

Eddie Stuart: Mr & Mrs White

Anna-Maria Nibirye : No Word for Pier in Lusoga

Lynn Dennison : Journey to the End of the Pier

Mike Bell : West Pier

James Cox : Pier

Lucy Jane Crowley :Space and Time

Joanna Baker : Consort

Stark Cheung : The Letter to Horizontal

Rhiannon Rolf : Expression on the Pier

Denney Smith : Pier Runner

The Way Things Are can be seen at Grundy Gallery, Blackpool 24 March – 23 June and in Berwick later in 2018

Mark E. Smith 1957 – 2018

We are very sad to hear today of the passing of Mark E. Smith, the founder and front man of the legendary band The Fall.

Back in 2008, Mark E. Smith and The Fall played at DLWP on the night of the opening of one of our most popular exhibitions ever, Grayson Perry’s Unpopular Culture – a supposed clash of cultures which turned out to be a happy co-incidence.

Grayson Perry was thrilled we were hosting his favourite band on the opening of his exhibition and our previous director Alan Haydon and current director Stewart Drew (then Head of Development), both huge MES fans, joined the crowd near the front of the stage on a blisteringly hot night. It wasn’t until afterwards that our Live Programmer told us that she had lost Smith for hours before the show, only to find him drinking with the regulars in Traffers, the local pub down the road and had to drag him out to get on stage.  He gave a true to form  performance and went straight back to Traffers afterwards for a pint.  Bexhill clearly made an impression on him as he returned to perform a couple of years later in another memorable and sold-out gig.

Thank you Mark E. Smith for giving us and our audiences an unforgettable evening.


Calling Local Business – don’t miss the chance to take part in the “best Jobs Fair in East Sussex”!

Bexhill is pleased to announce that it will be holding its third highly successful Jobs and Apprenticeships fair on Friday 2 March 2018.

The event will take place here at the De La Warr Pavilion between 10am and 3pm and already a large number of leading local businesses – large and small – have signed up to take part.  This year’s key sponsors are Bexhill College and Hastings Direct with many other local businesses already offering additional sponsorship for this dynamic community-led event.

Bexhill Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair is unique in that every organisation taking part will have something to offer from full and part-time jobs, apprenticeships, internships, work experience, training schemes as well as advice on job-seeking and interview skills.

“We are delighted to sponsor the Jobs and Apprenticeship Fair for a third year. As Bexhill’s biggest employer, it’s great chance to meet with many prospective colleagues and highlight all the exciting opportunities and careers we offer at Hastings Direct.” – Hastings Direct

The Jobs Fair will be open to all ages and there will be plenty of advice on hand for those wanting to make the most of their visit from Jobs Fair Ambassadors.

“Bexhill College is pleased to be involved with such an important event which will not only provide students with information about work related opportunities but an opportunity for some of our students to put the skills they have learnt at College in to practice.” – Karen Hucker, Principal of Bexhill College

The Bexhill Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair hosts a wide range of employers and training providers. It offers an insight to the diverse range of job and career opportunities available in the local area and further afield.

“I am delighted to be fully involved in the third Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair for Bexhill in March.  My team works closely with local stakeholders taking a lead role in organising this event and I am proud of the brilliant feedback we have received from organisations and delegates who have taken part in the previous fairs.”
– Huw Merriman

“Over the last two years we have demonstrated that Bexhill really is ready for growth, and that local businesses are thriving and keen to recruit from the amazing pool of talent we have in this region. Come and see what opportunities are on offer at this lively, friendly event.” – Stewart Drew, CEO of the De La Warr Pavilion 

Linking local employers and the best local talent, to fill their vacancies, is a key aim of the event.

“We have some amazing businesses in the area desperately looking to fill vacancies. We have some amazing local talent looking for opportunities. But they’re often unaware of each other. So this event is about getting everyone talking, meeting each other, and building awareness of what’s on offer.” – Martin Riley, President of the Bexhill Chamber of Commerce and Tourism

If you run a local business and would like to take part in the Jobs Fair then register as soon as possible following the links below.

Find out more Register here