Congratulations to Our Big Pavilion Painting Day Spotlight Artists!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for The Big Pavilion Painting Day on Sunday 12 May!

We had fun in the sun as over 100 participants gathered outside for some plein air painting on our South Terrace, everyone’s work looked fantastic! On the day, Artist facilitators Sam Ayre, Elizabeth Power and Miguel Martin selected five artists to feature on our blog to showcase their amazing work (pictured left to right):

1: Asher Cooksley
2: Caitlin Graham
3: Nicola Jones
4: Frances Hawkins
5: Tegan Wray

Once again, a huge thank you to everyone who came along and shared your creativity and passion with us. Your contributions made the day an unforgettable celebration of art and community.

Congratulations once again to our talented winners, and keep it up!

The De La Warr Pavilion and Bexhill Dementia Action Alliance receive funding from McLay Dementia Trust for arts workshops for people living with dementia

The De La Warr Pavilion and Bexhill Dementia Action Alliance is delighted to announce and award of £3,532 from the McLay Dementia Trust which will enable a programme of art and craft workshops, based around the exhibition programme, for people living with dementia and their carers.

The funding will support Reminiscence and Art – six workshops which will take place at the De La Warr Pavilion between May 2024 and September 2025.

The programme will begin on 24 May at 2pm, responding to Hastings based artist Laetitia Yhap’s exhibition An Ending to a Beginning. Yhap, who is in her early 80’s, is a unique voice within British art history and the exhibition features her earliest and final paintings of the fishing community at The Stade Beach, Hastings, from the mid-1970s until the mid-1990s.

The workshops will be facilitated by The Painted Ladies who have run many arts workshops for people living with dementia including at The Pavilion, Bexhill Museum and in care homes. In 2022 The Painted Ladies ran a successful workshop at DLWP in response Can’t You See the Sea Changing by Zineb Sedira (pictured), and more recently at Bexhill Museum celebrating their extensive historical hat collection. Art activities are carefully planned to be accessible for all taking part, and the workshops are also a fun, social space for connecting with others in the community.

Sally Ann Lycett, DLWP’s Director of External Relations, says:

We are delighted to be working with the BDAA and The Painted Ladies on this programme of events for people living with dementia. We know that dementia is a disease that effects over 2,400 of Rother residents and are keenly aware of how isolating it can be for those living with it and their carers. Thanks to the McLay Dementia Trust, DLWP is able to create a safe and stimulating creative environment in our building for people to connect and enjoy, continuing our commitment to providing dementia friendly events and our partnership with BDAA.

Sally Hemmings, Chair of BDAA says:

“We are extremely pleased to be working with the DLWP and the Painted Ladies again, to broaden the types of social activities available for people with dementia and their carers. Come and join us for a fun afternoon!”

Please email Sally on to book a workshop place. It is free to take part, first come first served, limited to 16 people.

The Painted Ladies will run a subsequent workshop on 30 September 2024 in connection with DLWP exhibitions of Hastings based artist Michelle Roberts, and international artist Mike Silva, responding to these artists’ very different approaches to painting and storytelling in their work. Full programme of workshops will be announced for 2025 as dates are confirmed.

In addition, the Bexhill Dementia Action Alliance will provide further training for all DLWP staff and the wider community to take part in to become Dementia Champions, understanding the needs of people living with dementia, and the small steps we can all take to ensure they can access local businesses and cultural venues. This will take place on Thursday 16 May. If you would like to take part in the training you can book a free place by emailing Jessica Cheetham to book a place –

Training will take place in the Studio at De La Warr Pavilion on Thursday 16 May from 10.15am.

Please email Bexhill Dementia Action Alliance to book a workshop place:


We are delighted to announce Harry Leek as the second recipient of the DLWP x Flatland Curatorial Fellowship.

Harry Leek is an arts worker with a specialism in artist support and studio practice. Harry is currently Residency Producer at Somerset House Studios, an experimental workspace for artists in the centre of London supporting up to 70 artists at any one time to develop new projects and collaborations, where he delivers the artist residencies and development programmes. Harry holds a BA in Fine Art from the University of the Arts London, and recently completed a Curatorial Ideation course at the Node Center for Curatorial Studies.

Coming from a less traditional academic background, Harry is interested in alternative curatorial models and approaches, and is curious about the systems in which art is produced, and how we may shift focus from final outcomes and bolster the processes around how work is made. Through his practice, Harry is keen to emphasise and explore the ways creative programmes can facilitate collective experiences and learning, while creating space to build meaningful peer-to-peer connections and relationships.

Past projects have included devising and delivering Somerset House Studios’ Community Building and Artist Development programmes, comprising talks, workshops, and skillsharing sessions, aiming to create a framework for artists to connect and develop ideas. Other projects include The Artists’ Fair – a recurring programme at Somerset House consisting of an artist-led market and talks series centred around artists lives, considering the peripherals of what defines artistic practice, how livelihoods and income streams intersect, and how artists fund and support their work.

The Curatorial Fellowship comes at a pivotal moment in Harry’s practice, bringing his work to a new context within the Bexhill area. During the 6-month fellowship, he plans to deepen his curatorial experience whilst connecting with local networks, initiatives, and artists.

Photo: Harry Leek by Nina Manandhar

Record turnout for 2024 Jobs Fair

A record number of people visited the 2024 Bexhill Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair on Friday 15 March. Almost 700 visitors came through the doors of the De La Warr Pavilion to explore live job vacancies, apprenticeships, placements, courses, skills development opportunities and back to work support.

The 2024 fair, in association with Bexhill College and East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, saw visitors queueing ahead of opening, and continued to be busy and vibrant through to the afternoon Quiet Time, introduced this year for visitors with access requirements or who might feel more comfortable in a quieter environment.

Visitor feedback on the fair has been hugely positive: “What a wonderful and well-organised event and very inclusive.” and “Engaging stalls were the best – a great way to find out about roles.”

Exhibitor feedback has included: “We are a small local business and successfully recruited at last year’s Jobs Fair so as we are expanding, we are back this year to fill our new roles.”  and “This is our first time at the Jobs Fair. It’s been really busy since the doors opened and we have had lots of interest in the jobs we are looking to fill. It’s also been good to meet so many other local businesses and organisations. Everyone has been so friendly.”

Huw Merriman MP said: “It was fantastic to see so many visitors, businesses and organisations at this, the 8th, annual Bexhill Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair. The event continues to be a crucial milestone in the local recruitment calendar with many exhibitors returning year in year out because it’s so productive for them – I heard from one accountancy firm that they recruit all their apprentices at the fair every year. Visitors can come to the fair confident in the knowledge that every business and organisation exhibiting will have something tangible to offer. Matching genuine opportunities with people who are actively looking for work, develop their skills or learn is what continues to make the fair so successful.”

Stewart Drew, Director & CEO, De La Warr Pavilion said: “Another amazing Jobs Fair, busy and buzzy from the start, the Auditorium packed with exhibitors and visitors deep in conversation. Once again, there was a brilliant mix of exhibitors – large corporates and organisations rubbing shoulders with small businesses and community groups – and a fantastic range of visitors of all ages. It was great expanding the fair out across the building with workshops taking place in the Studio and Learning Zone as well as on the Auditorium Stage and the new Quiet Time worked really well, making the fair feel even more welcoming and inclusive. Huge thanks to the all the exhibitors and visitors for making the fair such a special community event and particular thanks to East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Bexhill College, Gatwick Airport, Govia Thameslink Railway, Hastings Direct and the other 2024 fair sponsors for their invaluable support.”

Image Credit: Burst Photos

Tschabalala Self’s ‘Lady in Blue’ selected for the 2026 Fourth Plinth commission

Huge congratulations to Tschabalala Self whose work has been selected for the 2026 Fourth Plinth commission.

The artist says:

‘I am honoured that my work has been selected as the next Fourth Plinth commission, Lady in Blue will bring a woman to Trafalgar Square that many can relate to. She is not an idol to venerate or a historic figurehead to commemorate. She is a woman striding forward into our collective future with ambition and purpose. She is a Londoner, who represents the city’s spirit.’

Self’s sculpture pays homage to a contemporary woman, who could be one of many Londoners walking through Trafalgar Square. Made of bronze, she will reference the square’s existing monuments, but will be patinated with Lapis Lazuli, a refined blue pigment in use since antiquity.

Tschabalala Self’s ‘Seated‘ is currently displayed on the lawns outside the Pavilion.

Read more about the announcement here:

BBC Article

Guardian Article

Steve Williams retires from DLWP Charitable Trust

We’d like to extend our warmest thanks and gratitude to Steve Williams who retired from the De La Warr Charitable Trust in December 2023. Steve took over as Chair in 2008 and was instrumental in bringing stability to the organisation following the 2005 capital refurbishment, and in steering the operating model as we know it today. Crucially, working closely with Julian Bird (our current Chair), he encouraged a strong focus on community engagement, live music, comedy and family productions to complement the visual arts programmes. Following his retirement as chair in 2019, he served his remaining time on the Trust as Vice Chair.

Steve has a unique background in law and philanthropy. He aligned very much with the values of DLWP, bringing his experience the corporate and commercial sector to the cultural, civic and socially minded Charitable Trust.

Steve brought so much energy, extraordinary instinct and passion to the board, he will be very much missed. It was fitting to celebrate with him at a sold out performance of Dr John Cooper Clarke on Saturday night with his wife Sue.

Thank you Steve.


Julian Bird, Chair

Stewart Drew, Director and CEO.

A Week at the De La Warr Pavilion: A Journey through Creativity and Culture (Work Experience Placement)

Coinciding with National Careers Week, we’ve had secondary school student Will, who joined us for a work experience placement for the week. He was a great help, and got stuck in across many different departments in the building. He also documented his experience day-by-day, which you can read below.

A Week at the De La Warr Pavilion: A Journey through Creativity and Culture

My name is William Kneller, I chose to do my work experience at the De La Warr Pavilion because it has the facilities that engage you an exciting experience.

Day 1, morning: Welcome to the De La Warr Pavilion
As I stepped into the iconic De La Warr Pavilion, I was immediately struck by its striking modernist architecture juxtaposed against the serene backdrop of the sea. My first day was filled with introductions to the team and a tour of the venue, learning about its rich history and cultural significance.

Day 1, afternoon: Engaging in Talent Accelerator.
In my first task i was asked to have a look at the Social media and the stall design and write down what improvements they could do to make it more engaging with people.

Day 1, late afternoon: Tech Team
While I was with the tech team I got to have a look at all of the technical side of the auditorium, after the tour I got the opportunity to fit and learn the difference between the copper wiring of a plug socket.

Day 2, morning: Kitchen
I got to have a go at making 4 Victoria sponge cakes that turned out really good. I then got to make a start on making 250 cookies for an event that was on the next day.

Day 2, afternoon: Engaging the Community with educational programmes
Engaging with the local community is at the heart of the De La Warr Pavilion’s mission. I spent the afternoon at the Workplace that is not to far down the road to have a look at an educational art project that some of the students where taking part in.

Day 3, morning: Finance Department
In the morning I was asked to start cash counting the past 3 days of money that was taken in I was in flabbergasted but the amount they make in just 3 days. After that I got the opportunity to fill in an invoice for the first time from the County Council.

Day 3, afternoon: Communications
I was asked to write about my week in the blog your currently reading.

Day 4, morning: Front of House
I was ask to go around the auditorium and do some checks on the building after an event the day prior.

Day 4, afternoon: Box Office/Shop
During my time in the box office I have to use the cash register for some people that wanted to buy some seats for the next show and I got to use the card reader for some of the people that bought some sovereign from us.

Throughout my week at the De La Warr Pavilion, I was amazed by the amount of work that all of the departments do and it has grown an new found respect for people in the creative industry. It is an experience I’ll cherish forever

Thank you for your help Will!

If you’re interested about what work experience placements we currently have on offer, take a look at our Talent Accelerator page here, or get in touch at

Exhibitions Programme 2024


Manuel Mathieu: The end of figurationFebruary 17–May 27Manuel Mathieu (b. 1986, Haiti) is a multidisciplinary artist working with painting, drawing, ceramics, and installation. His work investigates themes of historical violence, erasure and cultural approaches to physicality, nature, and spiritual legacy. Mathieu’s interests are partially informed by his upbringing in Haiti and his experience emigrating to Montréal at the age of 19. Freely operating in between and borrowing from numerous historical influences and traditions, Mathieu aims to find meaning through a spiritual mode of apparition.

Mathieu’s exhibition at DLWP will be his first major institutional presentation in Europe and will bring together new and existing artworks.

Clara Jo: Nests of Basalt, Nests of WoodFebruary 17–March 31Clara Jo (b. 1986, United States) works with film, photography and installation to re-engage socio-political understandings of the world in ways that entangle the senses. She plays with speculative narratives to offer alternative readings of certain terrains, examining their material imprints and deep erasures. By reimagining these contexts through her work, Jo questions how these stories can feed into collective imaginations and fictions during moments of crisis.

At DLWP, Jo will present Nests of Basalt, Nests of Wood. This new film installation presents a speculative narrative of labour and ecological histories in Mauritius, filmed in Albion and Flat Island, with a fictional layer of computer-generated animation.

Laetitia YhapApril 6–May 27Laetitia Yhap (b. 1941, UK) is best known for intricate paintings of fishermen on The Stade Beach, Hastings, UK, created on unusually shaped panels individually hand-made by the artist for each work. Yhap moved to Hastings from London in 1967, and in 1974 began her cycle of work depicting raw glimpses into the lives of the fishing community, documenting daily scenes as they unfolded on the beach.

Enraptured by the ritual of their activities, Yhap began to draw the fishermen from life before returning to her studio to make the paintings. She would continue making works of this community for twenty-five years, bringing forth their resilience and spirit in the face of such dangerous labour conditions. Yhap’s oeuvre serves as a unique picture of an industry that today looks completely different, as rapid industrialisation and environmental shifts render the lives of those working at sea increasingly precarious.

This exhibition at DLWP celebrates Yhap as a unique voice within British art history and highlights the relevance of her work to pressing ecological concerns within our local and wider landscapes.SummerJune 22–September 1

Barbara KastenSpace as a stage of a changing reality is the central motif of Barbara Kasten’s (b. 1936, United States) photographs and film installations, which she produces in an ‘interdisciplinary performance’ between photography, sculpture, architecture, and painting. Since the 1970s, Kasten has been constructing expansive installations made of architectural ‘props’ such as glass, mirrors, or wood constructions in front of the camera for her abstract ‘photographs’. These theatrical arrangements are restaged with coloured light, an approach going back to Kasten’s roots as a painter and sculptor.

Through her cross-genre practice and continued use of analogue photographic materials, Kasten’s visionary practice has influenced a new generation of contemporary artists amidst the prevalence of digital imagery, Photoshop and 3D rendering today. Kasten’s exhibition at DLWP will be her first institutional solo presentation in the UK and will centre upon a new installation responding to the distinctive architectural features of our Grade I listed building.

Rebecca BellantoniRebecca Bellantoni (b. 1981, UK) is a London-based artist who draws from everyday occurrences and abstracts them. She works across moving image, installation, performance, photography, textiles, printmaking, sculpture, sound-text, and ceramics.

Through investigations into the layered lens of Black women’s writing (fiction and nonfiction), metaphysics, philosophy, religion and spirituality, geography and the aesthetics of them, Bellantoni gently prises apart the concept of the accepted/expected ‘real’ and the experiential ‘real’, looking at how these removed borders may offer meditative experiences and portals to self, collective reasoning and healing thought and action. Bellantoni’s presentation at DLWP will be her first institutional solo exhibition.AutumnSeptember 21–November 17

Mike SilvaMike Silva (b. 1970, Sweden) is a London-based artist whose work explores intimate connections to personal memory. By delving into an ongoing archive of photographs, Silva paints portraits, interiors and still lifes that often feature acquaintances, friends, and lovers of past and present.

Rooted in the London of the ‘90s or early ‘00s, many of the photographs that Silva paints from carry the allure of the past, but also the inherent poignancy in looking at an image of a moment that no longer exists. Whilst the paintings are a way of remembering, they are also cathartically about letting go. Silva’s interiors or domestic spaces expose quietly observed moments, such as when light hits a particular wall or floor of a shared bedroom, kitchen or living room. Using white generously in the painting process offers a milky or hazy quality to the works, perhaps a reflection on the ungraspable and transient nature of memory.

At DLWP, Silva will present a selection of new and existing works in our light-filled Ground floor gallery. This will be his first institutional solo exhibition.

Michelle RobertsMichelle Roberts (b. UK) is a Bexhill-based artist whose paintings and drawings are ambitious in scale, conception and realisation. Her subjects arise from the realm of lived experience, such as a holiday, a visit to the ‘Dinosaur World’ exhibition, or the thrill of an Air Show, whilst other works celebrate events such as the Diamond Jubilee, Remembrance Day, or films that she has seen. While photographs serve as references, they are mere hints and prompts rather than images to be copied. Roberts’ meticulous drawing style intricately dissects shapes and forms, creating patterns with unwavering precision and control, with compositions that come to life through vivid colour. Through detailed yet joyful execution, Roberts invites the viewer to explore each of these vibrant universes, drawing our attention to the different ways that we remember.

Roberts’ solo exhibition is programmed in collaboration with Outside In, following the artist winning first prize at Outside In’s national open exhibition, Humanity, in 2023. Roberts is a member of Project Art Works, a collective of neurodiverse artists and activists based in Hastings, and was previously included in the group exhibition, In the Realm of Others at DLWP (2015).

WinterOpening November 30

Callum HillCallum Hill (b. 1987, Canada) is a British/American artist filmmaker whose work moves between psychological enquiry, gender, politics, and poetry. Unpredictable and erratic in narrative, her films slip between documentary and fiction, inhabiting an existential and psychedelic mentality towards the human condition.

For her solo exhibition, Hill is developing a major new film work, commissioned by DLWP.

‘Labyrinth’: A poem by Rachel Marsh

Rachel Marsh, writer and gallery assistant at DLWP, has written a fantastic poem titled ‘Labyrinth’ inspired by Hélio Oiticica: Waiting for the internal sun, which is on display in our Ground and First floor galleries until Sunday 14 January.

Read Rachel’s poem below:


Negotiate the labyrinths twists and turns.
White screens sparkle. Blue light burns.

Algorithms grow like twisting vines
from pits of data. Anxiety climbs.

Pages and tabs line the labyrinth walls,
we struggle to silence their chimes and calls.

No way to switch off the noise of the news,
we listen to torrents of global views.

Earthquakes, war zones, floods and drought,
music, celebrities, we cannot miss out.

The screens divide and multiply,
we look, we laugh, we love, we cry.

Searching to find all those hidden delights,
the treats and rewards hidden just out of sight.

A promise, a cure, cute adverts, a bribe,
we Click, we Follow, we Like and Subscribe.

But beware of where your footsteps tread!
There are no danger signs in red.

Cupcakes, puppies, kittens, we scroll
past holidays, jewellery, scammers, trolls.

The hours pass, time drips away…
tempting breadcrumbs line my way.

Confusion swirls. What is real? What is fake?
In endless news, gossip, arguments, debates.

Negotiate the labyrinths turns and twists.
White screens hum. Blue light persists.

Rachel also writes personalised poems that could be given as a unique gift to a special someone, to honour a beloved pet, or a poem that can be read for a special occasion. Please contact her at or DM on social media to discuss.




Hot Wax
Office of Personal Development
Borough Council

Friday 15 December, 2023
Tickets: £5


Music’s Not Dead and DLWP are immensely proud to be able to present, as part of the MND 5th anniversary in the iconic Pavilion, this incredible, never to be repeated bill of local music.  During the last half decade DLWP and MND have brought many amazing acts to the auditorium, foyer and café.  Flaming Lips, The Pixies, Elvis Costello, Keane and countless others which have helped to establish Bexhill as a major circuit venue.  To celebrate five years of their move to DLWP, record shop Music’s Not Dead have invited four bands, all of which call this small stretch of the south east coast home, to a party in the Pavilion.


HOT WAX first played here (as The Kiffs) at the opening celebrations on the day that MND moved into the building and have made time in their meteoric rise to top the bill with their first headline show on the main DLWP stage.  They wowed us all then with their punky, grungy songs and they just get better and better every time we see them.  The last year has seen them gigging constantly in the UK, Europe and the USA and releasing their first records. This will be a fantastic opportunity to see them performing on a big stage to a home crowd.

AIRCOOLED are a local indie “super group” made up of various members of Elastica, The Wedding Present, Neotropic, Jesus and Mary Chain and Piroshka whose debut album, issued by MND sold out in a snap before going on to a speedy reissue.  They played sold out shows at a series of now legendary parties and had a stint opening for Suede on their Autofiction UK tour.  Expect wigged out, extended machine rock grooves and new material from their imminent second album.

OFFICE OF PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT  have had a similarly busy year with huge audiences at Pride and live sessions on Radio X and plays on BBC 6 Music. Part motivational seminar and part super hooky electro hyper pop, their shows are both eccentric and inspirational and are guaranteed to make you dance and grin. The debut album ‘Doing Is Thinking’ is due out early next year.

BOROUGH COUNCIL are making incredible, hard to define guitar music.  Their “Prescribed” video, shot in St Leonards’ bottle alley went viral and the British indie music biz stampeded.  They are set for a productive year in 24 as are all the bands on the bill. This is almost certainly the last time you’ll see all these acts on the same stage.


Del Querns, owner of Music’s Not Dead says:

“Hard to believe it’s been 5 years since the De La Warr saved Music’s Not Dead and gave us our new home. We’re incredibly proud to have our shop inside the finest building on the south coast and have been very fortunate to have the De La Warr’s support and belief when it comes to the shop and the live music we put on.  Our party is a celebration of 5 years of MND working in and with DLWP and we’re very lucky to be able to showcase all this amazing local musical talent from a small part of the world that is currently punching well above its weight.”

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

“We’re super proud to share DLWP with MND. Del and Ollie bring so much energy, lots of industry contacts, customers and new live music to Bexhill –  it seems like the perfect partnership. Personally speaking, I’ve loved The Wave Pictures, Big Moon, Emily Barker, William the Conqueror, This is the Kit (waking up Bexhill post lockdown), a monumental in-store with Keane, Nikki’s merch selling, and Ollie’s morning pre-opening DJ sets. Most of all Del is a really brilliant person to work with. I’m looking forward to celebrating the 5 year anniversary and here’s to the next 5 years of DLWP x MND.”