Exhibitions Programme 2024

Spring

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:


Labyrinth

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 rmarsh.writer@gmail.com or DM on social media to discuss.

MUSIC’S NOT DEAD & DLWP CELEBRATE 5 YEARS OF WORKING TOGETHER

MUSIC’S NOT DEAD & DLWP
CELEBRATE 5 YEARS OF WORKING TOGETHER AT THE PAVILION, WITH A

5th ANNIVERSARY RESURRECTION PARTY

Hot Wax
Aircooled
Office of Personal Development
Borough Council

Friday 15 December, 2023
Tickets: £5

Book HERE

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.

THE PARTY:

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.”

ANNOUNCING THE ARTISTS FOR OUR 23/24 HOLIDAY ACTIVITY PROGRAMME

DLWP is thrilled to announce Reem Acason and Nancy Odufona as our selected artists for our Holiday Activity programme 23/24.  Across the academic year they will be working together to programme activities and workshops for families, developing their own socially engaged practice with support from DLWP. Their first workshop is ‘spooky’ themed and will take place on Wednesday 25 October, from 2- 4 pm.


Reem Acason is a multi-disciplinary artist and arts educator with a deep interest in themes of cross-cultural identity and ecology. She has been living in the Southeast of England for most of her life, with regular trips to visit family in Bahrain. Her current work incorporates oil painting, collage, installation and print making. She is currently undertaking her MA in Fine Art at Brighton University and has exhibited her work in numerous exhibitions including the ING Discerning Eye, the Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and last year she had a solo exhibition ‘Two Seas’ at Rochester Gallery in partnership with Shubbak Festival.  In 2022 she took part in Open Plan, a group residency at the Towner Gallery and recently co-delivered a schools EDI project in response to Zineb Sidera’s exhibition ‘Can’t You See the Sea Changing?’ at the De La Warr Pavilion. She has delivered numerous workshops to a wide variety of groups including those from under-represented and marginalised backgrounds, including those with refugee status and to people with disabilities.


Nancy Odufona is currently based in Hastings, East Sussex. Her artistic practice spans various mediums, including ceramics, moving image, textile, and found objects. She is best known for her installations and her thoughtful exploration into spatial relationships. Her work is characterized by investigating the interplay between objects, individuals, and their surrounding environment. Central to Nancy Odufona’s body of work is her exploration of the over-saturated, technological world we inhabit. Her work is a compelling invitation to slow down and reconnect with our immediate surroundings. Drawing inspiration from furniture and children’s building blocks, Odufona’s sculpture creates a space for sharing and problem-solving. Through this work, she raises essential questions about finding spatial and perceptual harmony within confinement and shared spaces, inviting viewers to ponder the intricacies of contemporary domestic life. She had a major solo exhibition in 2022 at VOLT Gallery in Eastbourne and the Black Shed Gallery in Robertsbridge in 2021.

She Rises With The Sun: A poem by Rachel Marsh

Rachel Marsh, Writer and Gallery Assistant at DLWP, has written a poem in response to Tschabalala Self: Seated, which is on show at the Pavilion until 29 October.


She Rises With The Sun

 

She rises with the sun;

her bold colours, her dress.

Painted lips, polished nails.

She is more, not less.

Courageous, beautiful.

Dressed to impress.

 

I smile, empowered by her.

Seated, she owns her space.

She is proud of her body.

Strength shows in her face.

She is timeless and elegant,

a queenly figure of grace.

 

She shows me that it is okay

to be different, to be strong.

I do not need to fit in to a box

in which I do not belong.

She does not have to answer

or apologise to anyone.

 

She casts her own light

and sets her own scene.

Her head is held high.

Defiant, yet serene.

She is not afraid to fail

and does not go unseen.

 

She rises with the sun

and weathers the storms.

She knows that she is enough

and ignores any scorns.

Like me, she lives and breathes.

She is a woman. All women.

We do not conform.

 

‘Bexhill residents finally allowed to stay out late!’ BBC Radio Sussex

“Bexhill residents are finally allowed to stay out late!” – BBC Radio Sussex


Last night a group of people, led by Cllr Christine Bayliss, Labour deputy leader of Rother District Council, hopped on the 98 bus to celebrate the new timetable from Stagecoach.

As she told BBC Radio Sussex this morning, the last bus to Sidley used to be just before 8pm and now it is just past 11pm, enabling Sidley residents to come to gigs at the Pavilion AND get the bus home.  Cllr Bayliss gave a particular mention to our Sunset Screenings where families with young children can travel to and from the Pavilion for under £5 per journey (£2 per adult, young kids go free during the summer holidays) and enable us to reach communities that we have not been able to access before.

The new timetable also improves late night services between Bexhill and Hastings.

Stewart Drew, Director and CEO of the Pavilion says:

This is really good news, not only for us but a huge win for the whole night time economy of Bexhill.  We encourage as many people as possible to travel car-free to the centre of Bexhill, which is not only good for the environment but will be a boost for the restaurants and bars in our town centre. We also are particularly thrilled about the late night connections to Sidley, which supports our long term ambition to make the two areas better connected.

Thank you to East Sussex County Council who supported Stagecoach in this new endeavour.

2023 Bexhill Jobs Fair – Film & Review

Record numbers of visitors explored hundreds of job vacancies and skills development opportunities at Bexhill Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair 2023.


Vibrant community event 

The fair always aims to attract and meet the needs of a wide range of visitors and exhibitors and this year was no exception.
Rother residents made up over half, 54%, of attendees with the fair also attracting visitors from Hastings (31%) and other areas of East Sussex including Eastbourne (13%).

While just under half, 47%, of fair attendees were under 24 years old, more than a quarter were over the age of 45. In terms of employment status, the largest groups visiting were the unemployed (26%) and those in full-time education (19%) – an indication of the vital role the fair plays in helping people get back into employment and supporting young people into careers.

Motivations for visiting the fair varied. While many visitors, notably younger people, were interested in their first step on the career ladder (first job or apprenticeship 21%), others were interested in a new job (12%) or changing career (15%). It was also fantastic to see 15% of visitors interested in returning to work or back to work support – good news for those exhibitors facing recruitment challenges looking to explore new candidate pools.

Over 90% of visitors who supplied feedback rated the overall event, registration, fair layout, range of exhibitors and interactions with exhibitors positively. Comments included:

‘Great variety of stalls, really worthwhile attending’  
‘The exhibitors I interacted with I found to be very engaging and inspiring’  
‘Opened my eyes to a variety of job applications’ 
‘Educational and very informative’



Alongside small and medium sized organisations, over a third of the exhibitors at this year’s fair had more than 250 employees.  Virtually every sector was represented with Construction, Transport, Health & Social Care, Financial Services, Engineering, Hospitality and the Creative Industries being particularly strong with at least 5 exhibitors offering jobs and skills development opportunities in each.

Of the exhibitors who gave feedback, 100% rated the event, venue, organisation and volume and quality of interactions positively. All found the event of value and all were interested in attending future fairs. Feedback included:

‘Great to see such a thriving, enthusiastic and supportive business community and so many great potential staff and volunteers. Well done for bringing everyone together’ 
‘Went really well, lots of interest, definitely a really good mixture of people, a lot more varied than some of the events we have done’ 
‘Very well organised and structured as well as great footfall of attendees’ 
‘Lovely event and puts Bexhill on the map along with the surrounding areas’ 

A huge thank you to those visitors and exhibitors who gave feedback and provided suggestions for how to make the 2024 event even more successful.


Register now for the 2024 fair

Bexhill Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair will be back at the Pavilion on Friday 15 March 2024.

Find out more and register here

DLWP X FLATLANDS CURATORIAL FELLOWSHIP: EXHIBITION ANNOUNCEMENT, Djuna O’Neill, The ground is kind, black butter

Flatland Projects is proud to present The ground is kind, black butter, a solo exhibition by artist Djuna O’Neill (b. 1998, Ireland), from 1 July–6 August 2023. This will be O’Neill’s first solo exhibition, showcasing newly commissioned moving image and sculptural works. Within her practice, O’Neill playfully stretches the ever-evolving iterations of fiction and worldbuilding. From folklore and oral traditions to gaming, her work explores how storytelling can help us reconsider environments and our relationships to them. She questions how stories of other worlds imbibe the way we inhabit our own, and how do these narratives linger within digital realms?
In recent years, O’Neill has focused her research around boglands, digesting these habitats as sites of alterity, borderlands and sites of refuge in histories of colonial dispossession, “wastelands”. Understanding these interstitial zones as containers of local knowledge, O’Neill investigates the peat as a communal archive. These habitats have become significant cultural sites imbued with heritage practices, though their continuing existence is threatened.

Taking its title from Seamus Heaney’s 1969 poem Bogland, this exhibition tussles out the slippery temporality of peat bogs, diving into their mesmeric qualities and mobilising their resistant potential. The show will present two sculptural works in metal and a short film in three acts, shot in and around Galway. Each act, made using a combination of 16mm film and digitally rendered spaces, explores a site evoking the otherworldly in relation to Irish mythological motifs. Through The Bog, The Ruin and The Cave, the film explores how myths inform our perception of landscapes, tracing how these age-old tales permeate contemporary digital environments. Each location is haunted by characters that inhabit them. Shadows of banshees, wise women and hags roam the boundaries between the corporeal and the intangible, the earthly and the celestial. The works in metal will reflect on the material archive of boglands, crystalising artefacts preserved in their anaerobic mud.

This exhibition and its events programme is being curated by Fran Painter-Fleming as the culmination of her Curatorial Fellowship between The De La Warr Pavilion and Flatland Projects.

Details of upcoming events will be available via Flatland’s website and social media channels.
All images courtesy of the artist, stills from upcoming film.

Tschabalala Self’s “Seated”: Thank You

On Sunday May 21, the community of Bexhill and beyond came together in an act of restoration and  resistance to the vandalism of Tschabalala Self’s sculpture Seated . The sculpture of a Black woman looking out to sea was spray-painted white, covering the entirety of her skin.

It was incredibly powerful to see over 300 people come together to make a start in cleaning the sculpture with scrubbing brushes and white spirit.

Through this process of care and healing we were able to make it clear that these acts will not be tolerated in our community and we will continue doing the necessary work to combat racism in all its forms.

We would like to thank everyone who came to restore and support as well as the hundreds of messages we received online. Tschabalala Self says:

Painting the skin of my sculpture white is an obscene act and I feel horribly for individuals in Bexhill-on-Sea for whom this event may have shocked or frightened. To my supporters there, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude and a promise that I will continue to make work that provokes meaningful change and progress in our shared society.

See the full statement from the artist here  

Seated will continue to be restored professionally and will re-open on Saturday 3 June, where we invite everyone to enjoy a picnic with the artist on the lawns around the sculpture and celebrate the power of art to galvanise and connect people and communities. Details to follow.

 

NOTES ON VANDALISM: TSCHABALALA SELF

Notes on Vandalism
Tschabalala Self, 21 May 2023

I am very disheartened that my sculpture Seated (2022) was targeted and attacked by vandals. Despite my disappointment I am not surprised as Black and Female – and especially because Black Female bodies are often targets for abuse. Seated proudly represents the beauty of both blackness and femininity, and for these very reasons she has been harmed: covered by her assailant with white spray paint in a futile attempt to erase her colour and, in my mind, her strength. Despite these efforts, she remains in place and will continue to do so until her time at De La Warr Pavilion is complete.

Many have derived joy from Seated, and through community support she will be restored to her former likeness. I hope that the violence enacted on the sculpture illuminates the persistent issues plaguing the Global West. Painting the skin of my sculpture white is an obscene act and I feel horribly for individuals in Bexhill-on-Sea for whom this event may have shocked or frightened. To my supporters there, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude and a promise that I will continue to make work that provokes meaningful change and progress in our shared society.