Work Experience at DLWP, a blog by Liliana Kuprowska

Earlier this year, 15 year old Liliana from St Richards School sent us a very impressive application asking for work experience at DLWP – and we were happy to accept her. We didn’t know until halfway through the week that she is the daughter of Bart, a member of our amazing kitchen team! The Pavilion is all about people and we love that this family is part of our team. Liliana had a great time here and her perspective was really useful to us.

Read all about her work experience in this blog she created, detailing her week at the Pavilion:


I am Liliana Kuprowska, a Year 10 at St. Richard’s Catholic College partaking in my work experience at the De La Warr Pavilion from the 20th – 24th of June. I undertake Art, Craft and Design as my creative GCSE pathway and that alone has drawn me closer to the amazing artistic experiences of the De La Warr. I have always adored the De La Warr and must have been to multiple events held here. I have been to see The Pixies; an Amy Winehouse cover all orchestrated by Bexhill College students. Not too long ago, I also came to see Warpaint and Low Hum which were incredible. Another great event was the Big Sing where I got to watch my little brother perform on stage and even some of my classmates.

There were multiple factors that drew me towards carrying out my work experience at the De La Warr , one of the biggest factors it  being located on the beautiful Southeast coast. The beach has always been like a second home to me. The Pavilion is more than just a building to me, it is a place of amazing architecture and passion. Art and beauty. Over the years, living in Bexhill, I have many multiple amazing memories here which will stay with me forever.

Today is my first day of work experience and I hope to update this blog every day. So far, I have been given an amazing tour and have been shown all the exciting backstage bits and even gave my input in an office meeting. Luke, the DLWP Marketing Assistant, showed me how to design the electronic posters, then download them on the so called ‘sticks’, (USBs), plug them into the multiple TVs around the building and then test if they are working. Currently, I am working on helping promote the Pavilion via researching different hashtags that could increase their publicity.

It is currently 10.11am on a Tuesday, I have just settled down, logged in, checked my emails, and replied to them etc…. I am very happy because it turns out that the research I did on hashtags came of great help! I wonder what I will be doing today!
I am back at 12:18pm, so far today I have gone with João and have looked at the architectural display which is extremely inspiring. We also took a look at the art display upstairs and João explained more to me about what their responsibilities are as an Assistant Curator. Currently, I am watching talks given at the DLWP about art and am noting down which 30 second clips they should post on social media. I must admit, Bassam Al Sabah’s is not like anything I had seen before, I love it! Truly amazing!

Liliana pictured with her dad, Bart.

On Wednesday I was able to be very creative and I made a bunch of very cool and colourful labels for the art stock inventory. It was a very calm atmosphere, and I even made a label for the straws box, out of straws! Later, I got to work behind the till in the Box Office. I have never in my life used a till before, but I learnt how to and then I served a bunch of customers all by myself! I learnt how to add discounts and pay contactless.

It is currently Thursday and all morning I have been filming a vlog for the De La Warr to put on their social media which is very exciting I must say. I have been going all around the building revisiting the places where I worked. I also had some lovely conversations with the gallery’s invigilators and all about the different exhibitions. Next, I am going to be painting a banner for the DLWP Learning Space with the help of Miguel, Learning and Participation Assistant (Young People and Schools).

I am back from painting the banner and I have to say it is coming along quite nicely. I have been using the DLWP summer colours for the letters. I am going to come in early tomorrow and finish off my banner.

It’s Friday! My last day of Work Experience. I came in early to finish off my banner and I have not finished it yet, but I am getting there. Today I am excited because I am working with the Front of House. Front of House oversees all the technical bits for the gigs/shows/events. So far today, I have been stapling booklets for all the staff members for the Jah Shaka events tomorrow. It is just a booklet with safety information, etc… After this I went with Heather, a Front of House member and we folded the DLWP staff t-shirts. Best part is, I even got to take one! After I finish writing this blog, I will go help the Front of House team a little more and then go finish my banner.

And that is work experience all done! Thank you so much everyone for giving me this truly amazing opportunity! Thank you, Dee, for coordinating this all. I have learnt so much this week about the world of work, while having fun and being very creative and taking leadership. I can tell this is just the beginning to a very artistic life.


Liliana also put together an exciting vlog that showcases some of the things she got up to:

 

Read more about Work Experience and other opportunities we offer schools here and our place as a Cornerstone Employer here.

Read more about our work with young people and The Blueprint Collective  here.

Beyond Imagination and Limits

An inclusive and accessible gig celebrating togetherness after the tough lockdowns.

Sam Ayre is an artist based in Hastings, specialising in participatory projects with groups of people. He makes drawings, paintings, performances and things happen with groups of people. He has worked with De La Warr Pavilion on many projects including designing the Follow Your Nose app which can be used to explore the current exhibitions. We spoke to Sam about his latest project at the De La Warr which culminates in a event held in the auditorium this May.  Here’s what Sam had to say:

Through explorative conversations over cups of tea and lively hands-on making to a soundtrack of Electric Fire, Guns and Roses and Imagine Dragons a great event is being planned. Participants have considered what a great party looks like; ‘dancing!’ ‘good music’ ‘make everybody feel welcome’ ‘strong voices’ ‘space to be myself’, what considerations there should be in place to cater for everyone’s needs; ‘not too early and not too late’ ‘I know where it is happening in the building’ ‘there’s space for me to move around’ ‘clear information about when the bands are on so I know’ ‘that I can bring my family’ ‘my carer should come for free’ and how to soften and liven up the Pavilions impressive auditorium ready for the gig.

The event has been named, ‘Beyond Imagination and Limits’, with flyers, tickets, decorations, information and playlist currently under construction. Large brightly coloured banners, with positive, welcoming slogans, drawings and patterns adorned across them have been designed and will be hung on the walls, with colours inspired by the Lucy Stein exhibition. Alongside consideration for the auditorium space where live bands and loud music will be playing, there has been consideration for for the need for quiet spaces as part of the event, so it was decided that the Lucy Stein exhibition will be open for people to visit on the night. Everything is shaping up to be a really great party, a ‘great gig, a great get together for all to celebrate!

Thanks to funding from The Childwick Trust, Artist Richard Phoenix, with support from artist Sam Arye, is undertaking a series of weekly creative workshops at DLWP for up to 25 adults with learning disabilities and their carers from the Parchment Trust over the course of seven weeks. The workshops are multidisciplinary focusing on visual arts and music, with guest educators such as musicians from Delta7 band and Head Technician at DLWP, Technical Manager Mathew Mcquade.

Excitingly this series of workshops culminates with an inclusive and accessible gig at the DLWP in the main auditorium on Wednesday 25th May. Celebrating togetherness after the tough lockdowns, the gig has a current working title formed by the participants of ‘Beyond Imagination & Limits’. Artwork made in the workshops will decorate the venue and music/playlists created will be showcased.  Participants in the workshops will all undertake different roles both in preparation and on the night, such as MC’ing etc. The gig will be open to all, with specific focus on welcoming those with learning or physical disabilities and their carers from the local area. Bands playing will include ‘Delta7’ a local rock band made up of seven people who all have learning disabilities. For some participants this will be their first ever gig to attend.

Heart and Soul is a creative arts company and charity will support us in promotion and running of the gig. Organisations who will bring their members and are very excited, include The Parchment Trust, New Horizons, Project Arts Works, and Tinkers Hatch.

Find out more about Beyond Imagination and Limits, and book your tickets here.

Ceramic Studio

The Ceramic Studio workshop run by ceramicist Anna Thomson at the De la Warr Pavillion this season gave 24 participants the opportunity to learn about slip-decorating techniques including inlay, trailing, marbling, stencilling and sgraffito.

In response to the large ceramic wall murals by Renee So in the main gallery, participants cut and slip-decorated clay tiles to create a mini mural or a series of relating tiles for themselves. A colour palette was chosen to reflect the colours and tones from Rene So’s work. The stages clay goes through from initial forming through to finished glazed ceramics were explained and all the tiles made were fired and glazed at Anna’s studio.

The work produced really explored the techniques with fabulous results and all gained an insight into the skill and work involved for Renee So to produce her large ceramic murals.

A big thank you to volunteers and young creatives who helped with the delivery of this workshop.

Find out more about Renee So’s exhibition here.

Renee So, Ancient and Modern, 2019. De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, with West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. Image by Rob Harris.

 

Taking traditional darning to another level…

As a De La Warr Pavilion volunteer, I didn’t anticipate that I would be getting involved when I arrived at the workshop. I expected to be working in a supporting role. However, I soon realised that I was to be included in the learning experience and it didn’t take me long to adjust and become absorbed in the afternoon’s activity.

Having watched my grandmother sew a very, very long time ago, darning was a technique I only half-remembered. It was really nice to learn how to darn properly and to discover that there are many different and varied effects that can be achieved within the process.

Celia Pym, our tutor from the Royal College of Art, was an absolute expert and very inspiring. She organised the session very well with a clear introduction explaining what we would be doing and distributed explanatory diagrams and books for inspiration. She touched on the history of the craft and provided all the materials except for the garments which we had brought from home. Celia brought along a contagious enthusiasm for the craft. The way darning can extend the life of well-loved clothes, not only in a practical way, and also how it can create beautiful and sophisticated objects in the process. The very act of working on a piece of clothing in this way personalises it, making it harder to throw away. It can even turn it into an exceptional art object.

Celia demonstrated how we could solve the problems created by moths in jumpers, cardigans and socks and the wear and tear on cuff edges. She showed us how to use thicker thread on jackets and fine delicate thread on cashmere to great effect, subtle or bold, with either matching or contrasting coloured wools. Intriguingly, we could turn the random nature of the holes into something creative.

The process was calming and relaxing and it gave us all an opportunity to talk and share things in common whilst producing some very varied results that were lovely to compare at the end of the day. I felt so involved by the end of it that I just had to complete my sample at home later and it left me feeling that I could embrace those random moth holes rather than fear them and, in future, find creative ways to keep my old favourites going!

All the best,
Barbara

Zinemaking Workshops with Aida Hamed

I was delighted to be able to co-deliver zine making workshops in schools in Hastings and Bexhill with the De La Warr Pavilion. Our aim for the workshop was to introduce the exhibition and the ideas behind it and get students making. The workshops were responding to the Still I Rise exhibition and examined values. They were for Key Stage 2 – 4 students.

To begin with, the exhibition was introduced and some photos were shown. Grace Clements introduced an activity to match values to their definitions and this helped to familiarise the students with some of the concepts we were asking them to think about, and they responded very well to this.

After a quick presentation and discussion on values, I demonstrated how to make a type of zine and talked a bit about the role zines have and how you can use them to share your beliefs. We asked students to consider different values as they relate to them and consider what they mean and how they can show them through illustration or collage. They had to think of one value to use in their zines and then follow a structure:

  1. Cover
  2. Definition of value (What does it mean to you?)
  3. Draw that value in action
  4. Define the opposite of the value
  5. Draw the opposite of the value
  6. Portrait of person who reflects that value
  7. PLEDGE: ex. I vow to be courageous / I promise to be generous & WHY
    Signature…………….. Date……………
  8. (Back cover) Contents

Some excellent zines were made and it was amazing to see how different the students interpretations were. I think the workshops were all successful and at the end of it most students wanted to carry on with making their zines! I also really enjoyed co-delivering the zines and being able to see all the incredible outcomes. It was a rewarding experience.

Work experience with DLWP

Last week, the Pavilion’s work experience programme introduced more students to life working in the creative industries. Jamie and Mia joined the DLWP team and got stuck in to five days of stewarding, catering, media and communications, events planning and, everyone’s favourite, lighting and sound.

The pair were kind enough to leave a glowing review of their time with us, which you can read below. Thanks again to Jamie and Mia for all their help!

If your child is entering Year 1o this September and their school supports a week of work experience, contact grace.clements@dlwp.com to discuss work experience at the Pavilion for 2020.

Jamie

 

Mia

DLWP becomes a Cornerstone Employer

The De La Warr Pavilion is delighted to announce that we have today agreed to a new partnership to support young people in Bexhill and the surrounding area by becoming one of The Careers & Enterprise Company’s Cornerstone Employers.

Regular, meaningful encounters with employers is an absolutely vital part of preparing and inspiring young people for the world of work. The Pavilion knows that this kind of support means young people are less likely to be not in education, employment or training (NEET) when they leave school.

Becoming a Cornerstone Employer means the DLWP is committing to working together with our networks, the wider business community and schools and colleges to make this happen in Bexhill.

What is a Cornerstone Employer?

A Cornerstone Employer is a business that is invested in the successful and sustainable delivery of careers education for young people and commits to join a leadership group of local businesses to support the schools, colleges and young people in their area.

The Cornerstone Employers work together with their networks and the wider business community to ensure all young people have the opportunities they need to be prepared and inspired for the world of work.

Cornerstone Employers may be large or small businesses, at local or national level, but it is important that they are:

  1. Experienced in engaging with education and so can lead by example and share their experiences with other businesses
  2. Dedicated to investing time and resource to benefit schools, colleges and young people
  3. Committed to working with other Cornerstone Employers in an Opportunity Are or Careers Hub
  4. Willing to galvanise their business networks in the are, to collaboratively meet the needs of schools, colleges and young people
  5. Focused on sustainability and act as an ambassador and champion for social mobility

If you would like to find out more about our new role as a Cornerstone Employer, you can visit our website here.

Turbulent Spinsters and Badass Sisters

Ann Kramer delivers a crash-course history lesson on women’s suffrage in Bexhill and Hastings

 

Our aim for the workshops was to both provide information about the local women’s suffrage campaign and some key women within that campaign, and to make space and time for people to express their personal views verbally and creatively, using written and visual outlets.

With this in mind, Ashley McCormick and myself met on a couple of occasions to identify appropriate crossover elements within the Still I Rise exhibition that could be used to introduce elements from the local women’s suffrage campaign, based on my book Turbulent Spinsters: Women’s Fight for the Vote in Hastings and St Leonards. Reasons for doing this reflect the fact that local suffrage activity is not well known and also that, it can be argued, women’s fight for the vote was an extremely important example of women’s resistance that issues around feminism and gender highlighted in the exhibition.

Once we had identified the appropriate exhibits, we were able to plan and organise the workshop, ensuring a balance between providing information and encouraging participation in the form of various activities.

We began at the entrance to the exhibition with a general welcome and introduction, and a brief overview of the local women’s suffrage campaign, introducing local campaigner Barbara Bodichon and defining ‘suffragist’ and ‘suffragette’ along the way. Attendees were then invited to define what feminism(s) meant to them and to record personal acts of resistance. Some were shared and generated a lot of discussion.

We then moved to the first exhibit, a board game Roots and Bootstraps, which we examined. I used the exhibit as a jumping off point to explore issues of class within the suffrage campaign. I described the class composition of the local campaign, introducing activists such as Emma Fricker Hall, Jane Strickland and Lady Muriel Brassey. Participants were invited to make a list or diagram of female friendships and alliances and their meaning to them.

The exhibit Water Cooler Moments provided the opportunity for me to discuss verbal and physical attacks on suffragettes, locally and nationally, including hurling missiles, anti-suffrage letters to the press, physical attacks by the police and force-feeding. This was followed with an activity based on producing a mind-map of barriers that women still face today.

Our third stop was at Mary Lowndes’ suffragette banners and See Red posters, which I used to talk about the creativity and pageantry of women’s politics via banners, posters and slogans. I also gave examples of local suffragists and suffragettes, such as Isabella Darent Harrison who joined major demonstrations in London and also carried out creative acts of resistance in Hastings and St Leonards.

Finally we moved to the roof top foyer where we invited people to create campaigning slogans and placards, using coloured paper, stencils and collaging material. A number of brilliant slogans were produced and there was energetic discussion around a number of issues.

I enjoyed co-facilitating the workshop enormously. It was a lively and enthusiastic event. Participants were clearly engaged and found the subject matter stimulating, generating some very interesting debates. These in turn raised important issues such as the difficulty in defining feminism, the interlocking natures of oppressions, how personal acts of resistance, such as deciding not to wear make-up, might seem quite small, but can have a much wider impact. All the participants who attended certainly seem to have appreciated the workshop and to have gained insight and inspiration from the experience, not least the opportunity to discuss gender issues with others. I was delighted to have the opportunity to co-facilitate the workshop and found it a very positive experience.

Project Art Works 2018

Project Art Works’ Seminar Art People Representation – Reflecting the Lived Experience, took place in November 2018. The Seminar was part of the Explorers Project, a three year programme of inclusive cultural actions and partnerships nationally and internationally. The project will culminate in a year-long programme of exhibitions, installations and new cultural commissioning models that place neurodiverse communities, artists and makers at the heart of civic and cultural life.

The seminar took an innovative approach to discussing art and social care, moving away from didactic presentations and exploring collaboration, non-verbal communication, institutional empathy and arts practice. Extensive contributions from neurodiverse people throughout the building and across the whole day broke down barriers of understanding and gave honest, frank and often moving insights into real experiences.

“It was an amazing event – extremely well hosted, incredibly relevant and very thought provoking. I particularly appreciated the way the art was used to include everyone”

“I found it very interesting and came away with a sense of real inclusive collaboration”

“This was a truly thought provoking and inspiring event”

“A warm, celebratory event with integrity threaded through its core”

Image Credit: EXPLORERS Project Seminar, Project Art Works, 2018

The Mother Lode Project 2019

After a successful pilot event last year, The Mother Lode Project announces 14 new workshops for mothers experiencing mental health challenges as a result of motherhood.

Mother lode: a principal vein or zone of gold or silver ore, or colloquially the real/imaginary origin of something valuable or in great abundance.

The aim of this project is to extract the gold from challenging experiences of motherhood by giving opportunities for mothers, who may be experiencing mental health difficulties as a result of motherhood, to work with artist-mothers with lived experience of similar issues. A series of creative writing & photography workshops at the De La Warr Pavilion Studio will be led by writer Antonia Chitty and photographer Vicki Painting for a group of mothers, resulting in a publication of their work & a podcast series. This will raise awareness of the hidden issues surrounding motherhood & mental health focusing on a lifetime of mothering not just pregnancy & birth, exploring expectations versus reality & the resultant impact on their mental health.

Working in partnership with Recovery Partners, who will provide trained peer support within the sessions, each workshop will be held in a safe, confidential space at the DLWP Studio. The project aims to give voice to a diverse group of mothers at all stages of motherhood, whose experiences may not otherwise be heard & connect them with professional women artists exploring motherhood. Women artists are still underrepresented in the art world & those who are mothers face additional barriers to creating work, so we aim to champion their work & increase visibility & confidence.

Childcare bursaries are available for mothers with children aged 0-5 depending on participants’ needs, as well as travel bursaries for low-income mothers. We aim to reach a diverse group of mothers from Rother & Hastings, including those who identify as LGBTQIA+, women of colour, bereaved, adoptive, kinship carers, refugee, migrant, disabled, autistic & mothers of disabled children. Anyone who identifies as a woman with caring responsibilities is welcome.

There will be additional peer support sessions at Egerton Park Children’s Centre in Bexhill and opportunities for mothers to get involved in the podcast series, which will be running throughout the project. The podcasts will consist of conversations, readings & musings about motherhood & mental health by talking to local mothers and those from across the world in collaboration with Spilt Milk Gallery.

The Mother Lode Project was conceived & is coordinated by Xaverine M A Bates, as a means to channelling her experiences as a mother with lived experience of mental health issues, to enable others to express difficult & taboo feelings about motherhood & to help them overcome challenges through the creative process. By enabling mothers who are struggling with mental health issues to tell their stories in ways that have both artistic quality & therapeutic benefit, we hope to raise awareness of the hidden challenges of motherhood, in order to help others understand & empathise with these issues. There is more work to be done in raising awareness of the mental health challenges that many mothers face & we are researching other projects championing artist-mothers including Spilt MilkProcreate ProjectMothers Who Make, An Artist Residency in Motherhood and Mothers Uncovered.

The project is funded by Arts Council England, Mind and Magdalen & Lasher Charity. For more information, see: themotherlodeproject.com.

Overview of workshops

Tuesdays 10am – 12.30pm

PHASE ONE: 12th February: introduction to the project

Vicki Painting, photography: 26th February, 12th March, 26th March, 16th April, 30th April

The main theme of the workshops will be that photography can have a protective function, that by placing a camera between ourselves and the subject as a kind of shield and by photographing something we objectify it, this allows a sense of distance from the subject of the picture to create a safe space to discuss/write about it. The workshops will end with self-portraiture. Themes will include:

  • Making visible the invisible. Through the use of photography in the widest sense:  the pictures that people take themselves or use of archival/found photography to voice what might be difficult to put into words.
  • Discussing a photograph that participants find meaningful & introducing the idea of keeping a photo diary
  • To explore self, identity and memories: as a bridge between our conscious and unconscious, internal and external worlds using still life; a genre which includes a portrayal of all kinds of man-made or natural objects
  • Photography as a distraction, people become photographers and control their activity.
  • Photography as a means of creating order: the use of the camera may be a less spontaneous way of working compared to other creative outlets and provides a more structured means of expressing ideas and emotions.

Vicki Painting is a photographer & writer.

Peer support sessions at Egerton Park: 19th February, 5th March, 19th March, 2nd April (at The Work Shop), 23rd April, 7th May

PHASE TWO: Antonia Chitty, creative writing: 21st May, 4th June, 18th June, 2nd July, 23rd July

Overview: to create a story from medical records. Aspects of a person’s story can be found between the pages of a medical record, yet medical records are about the patient, not the person, for the practitioner, owned by the NHS. People can feel that they are being processed by the UK healthcare system, passed along some conveyor belt and dumped out the other side without any sense of control or resolution. People have a fundamental need for perception of narrative within their own lives, a plot with a beginning, middle and end. The workshop would explore how mothers can create their own ‘creative’ medical record that tells their story and gives them the control and resolution that they need in their health care journey. Techniques explored: free writing, an introduction to each topic, a short exercise, discussion/sharing, a reading of an inspiring piece of work, then a longer piece of writing followed by a final discussion/sharing. Ideas for the topics:

  • The referral letter – writing about yourself in the third person & discussion about people’s experiences of being referred, writing the letter we really want to write to someone involved in our healthcare.
  • The consultation – using dialogue on its own – a chance to take control of a conversation with a medical professional in a way that you may not have done in the past.
  • The setting and the senses – using the five senses to explore how participants feel about their medical encounters.
  • Medical imagery – writing from a range of images as a starting point for writing.
  • Medical tests – talking about the experience of being tested. This could cover tests which aim to evaluate your mental health, and/or physical diagnostic tests, depending on people’s interests and experience.
  • Everyone taking part would be supplied with a folder – their own medical record, which they can customise and keep their work in.

Antonia Chitty is an entrepreneur, author & journalist.

Peer support sessions at Egerton Park: 14th May, 28th May, 11th June, 25th June, 9th July, 16th July

30th July: Final session: overview & evaluation of project

30th September: presentation of project at DLWP Studio for participants and arts & mental health professionals

NB: participants can choose to participate in either the photography or creative writing workshops or both, as well as the peer-support drop-in sessions and podcast series depending on interest & availability. Please ensure you are able to commit to all chosen sessions for continuity.

For inquiries and to book a place, contact Project Coordinator Xaverine Bates:

x.m.a.bates@recovery-partners.co.uk 

07736967764

Image Credits
1st: Vicki Painting
2nd: Xaverine MA Bates
3rd: Xaverine MA Bates
Flyer: by Wordsmith Design