We are so excited to be partnering with Bexhill’s newest gallery Flatland Projects at Beeching Road Studios to offer an exciting new curatorial fellowship programme: an opportunity for an emerging curator to develop skills in curating and arts management through mentorship and practical exhibitions experience over a 6-month period from September 2022 – February 2023.

This is open to anyone over 18 years of age who has no more than 5 years curatorial experience, including applicants who have no experience at all and is PAID opportunity.

If selected, you will collaborate with both galleries through a varied programme of activities, including studio visits, hands-on experience of developing exhibitions and the opportunity to develop a new exhibition at Flatland Projects opening in February 2023. The fellowship offers the opportunity to craft a programme that fits with the chosen curator’s interests and will support their professional development in the best possible way.

Click here to apply.

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.


We are excited to announce that we will be opening on Monday – Sunday (seven days a week) from 27 June.*

Opening times: 10am – 5pm + evenings for advertised events.

*However, in order to manage some of our bigger events this summer, we will be open to ticket holders only on the following dates:

  • Saturday 18 June: for Jo Whiley’s 90s Anthems (Music’s Not Dead will be accessible from the north side of the building 8am – 11am for Record Store Day)
  • Tuesday 12 July (for staff training)
  • Saturday 16 July:  for Bob Marley 50th Anniversary Celebration
  • Saturday 23 July:  for Bexfest

Make sure those dates are in your diary when you are planning your visit and we look forward to seeing you this summer!

The De La Warr Pavilion receives £400,000 from Arts Council England’s Capital Investment Programme

The De La Warr Pavilion is among 66 cultural organisations across the country to benefit from a share of over £22.7 million from Arts Council England’s Capital Investment Programme. This programme aims to help cultural organisations across the country transform their buildings and equipment so they can operate safely post-pandemic, improve access, seize technological opportunities, and reduce environmental impact.

This  £400,000 award will enable the De La Warr Pavilion to deliver a significant upgrade to our auditorium Technical Theatre Systems, thereby extending our reach, reducing our carbon footprint and improving our business model resilience post-pandemic. The upgrade will include a new assisted listening system, PA system, LED lighting and console, and stage external rigging.

Although this is a standalone project, it is the start of a wider capital masterplan to transform Creativity, Community and Skills in our region.

For DLWP, the auditorium is key to a sustainable future, attracting the highest calibre of artists as diverse as The Pixies, Orchestra Baobab, Ministry Of Sound, Dionne Warwick, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Goldfrapp. This international programme of live music welcomes an audience of over 70,000 people per annum, with 10% staying overnight, and 35% eating and drinking within the town. 95% rate their experiences good, very good and excellent and 75% said that our live programme encouraged participation in community life.

The upgrade to our Technical Theatre Systems will:

  • Significantly reduce our carbon footprint by using more energy efficient technology e.g. up to 50% on our lighting equipment alone and significant reduction on our sound and AVE systems.
  • Improve the accessibility of our auditorium e.g. the old hearing loop will be replaced by a new assisted listening system.
  • Help us meet our ambitions to assist young people in the local area, offering skills training to those looking for a career in theatre/event tech and management including the introduction of new T-levels with the local colleges and wider learning and music opportunities.
  • Reduce expenditure on hiring equipment and staffing

Stewart Drew, Director and CEO of the De La Warr Pavilion said:
“We are thrilled to receive this significant award from Arts Council England to upgrade our Theatre systems, some of which have not been addressed for over 50 years.  The increasing popularity of our live programme, and the regular use of the auditorium by local people, both in the audience and on stage means that this upgrade is essential for the viability of the organisation to attract international artists and remain at the heart of its community. Thank you Arts Council England!”

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said:
“World class creativity and culture needs a resilient and sustainable infrastructure to allow it to flourish. With these investments in the buildings, equipment, and digital systems of cultural organisations across England, we are helping to secure the future of that infrastructure, and making sure that people from every part of the country can continue enjoying all the benefits it delivers for years to come.”


The full data on successful applicants to the Capital Investment Programme to date can be found on the Arts Council website live from 8am on Tuesday 10 May.

Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. We have set out our strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high-quality cultural experiences. We invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision.

Following the Covid-19 crisis, the Arts Council developed a £160 million Emergency Response Package, with nearly 90% coming from the National Lottery, for organisations and individuals needing support. We are also one of the bodies administering the Government’s unprecedented £1.96 billion Culture Recovery Funds. Find out more at

The De La Warr Pavilion (DLWP) is a centre for arts, culture, and creativity in an iconic modernist building by the sea, designed by refugee Erich Mendelsohn and émigré Serge Chermayeff. It opened in 1935 as the ‘people’s palace for art and culture’ and now produces an innovative and integrated cultural programme of exhibitions and creative engagement programmes . Our upcoming live programme includes Orchestra Baobab, Warpaint and The Unthanks.

The Pavilion takes the lead in the development of cultural tourism and skills in the region through Sussex Modern and the Coastal Culture trail and plays a central role in the cultural and economic growth in Sussex.


The reawakening of the Coastal Culture Trail

As the weather grows warmer and the days grow longer, one thing is for sure; spring has arrived. The season is synonymous with new life and transition, and along the Coastal Culture Trail, this is represented in its own spectacular way.


While flowers bloom in the countryside, beach huts emerge along the coast, with pop-up food vendors and ice cream vans littered in-between, giving the trail a fresh, vibrant coat of paint. Coupled with the change in weather, the re-awakening of the trail presents the perfect opportunity to travel by bike, something which I am fortunate enough to do on my commute to work. Gone are the days of battling the harsh winter winds, now I’m met with a comforting spring breeze gently guiding me along the seafront.

Being based in Hastings, it’s easy to identify and follow a clear route that covers the whole trail. By using the three galleries as checkpoints, I can measure my progress and take a moment to relax and embrace their offerings, soaking in powerful pieces of art from artists around the world. Starting from Hastings Contemporary, the route to the next stop, the De La Warr Pavilion, is a simple straight path, spanning nearly six miles of land, seemingly tailor-made for cyclists and walkers alike. The route is flooded with temptation, with the aroma of incredible food from local eateries hanging in the air, while gallery posters boast their busy summer schedules, it’s almost impossible not to veer off the beaten track and explore. That’s the incredible thing though, the beauty of the trail doesn’t end with the coastline, each town has plenty of twists and turns that lead to hidden gems just waiting to be uncovered.

Arriving in Bexhill, the centrepiece of the Coastal Culture Trail, I’m able to lock up my bike at the De La Warr Pavilion, and pop in to visit the record store, hunting down another vinyl to add to my collection. After this, I chose to explore the winding high streets of the town. I’ve never experienced a town quite like Bexhill, which is filled with independent shops and teeming with life. After wrestling with the urge to stop at one of the many cafés for a sweet treat, I retrieve my bike and decide to extend my journey by taking advantage of the trail’s linked railway service. This allows me to complete that final stretch of the trip in a more laid-back fashion, enjoying the beauty of the trail and its surrounding areas while the train carries me towards my destination.

Upon arrival in Eastbourne, you’re met with a completely different town right as you exit the train station. Much larger in scale, featuring an impressive shopping centre filled with recognizable high-street names as well as independent businesses and branching roads that guide you towards the seafront, populated by cafés and other eateries. Eastbourne greets you with many different options, so I’ll be sure to return to explore the things I missed. I opted to head towards the seafront for the opportunity to cycle alongside the warm blue sea once more. Of course I couldn’t miss out on the chance to check out the marvellously presented Towner Gallery, made up of vibrant colours and sporting a unique flair.  Despite my lack of familiarity with Eastbourne, it was simple to navigate, and as a result of my seaside upbringing, it delivered a sense of comfort and familiarity, combined with the joy of exploring somewhere new.


Even as the day moved on, my appetite for exploration remained, urging me to continue, so I decided to check out one of the six new Sussex Modern exhibitions by Nathan Coley. These are illuminated text sculptures dotted around Sussex, featuring thought-provoking quotes that encourage self-reflection as well as observation of the world around us. Luckily, one of these sculptures is situated right along the trail, at the Junction Road Car Park in Eastbourne. Finding it was an experience in itself, as my stubbornness prevented me from using a map initially, causing me to take a series of wrong turns, ending up further away from it than where I had originally started from. Eventually, I conceded defeat and installed Google Maps, which guided me to the exhibition. Upon arrival, I was shocked that I even missed it in the first place, as right at the top of the car park stood the words “We must cultivate our garden,” in bold lettering. This was only my first taste of the exhibition, but I knew that it wouldn’t be my last. With five more pieces to discover, I have no doubt in my mind that it won’t be long before I’m back on the train on my next adventure.

Photo by Keith Hunter


If you haven’t yet visited the Coastal Culture Trail, right now is the perfect time to introduce yourself. As the three towns along the trail emerge from their winter slumber, ushering in our first relatively normal summer in a long time, there is plenty to enjoy, whether you are travelling for a day or for a longer period. Whatever you do this year, don’t pass up on this experience, because I promise you, you can’t find it anywhere else.


Find out more about the Coastal Culture Trail here and follow them on social media to keep up to date with everything going on in and around the trail.


Twitter: CoastalCultureT

Instagram: Coastal_Culture_Trail

Facebook: Coastal Culture Trail


Interested in the Sussex Modern exhibition by Nathan Coley? Discover where each piece is located on their website here.


Blog by Luke Furminger




Bob Marley played DLWP in 1972, were you there?


This year marks the 50th anniversary since Bob Marley performed at the De La Warr Pavilion, and we want to know, were you there?

The concert which took place in July 1972, was the year Marley signed with CBS Records and embarked on a UK tour supporting singer Johnny Nash.  The performance at De La Warr Pavilion was one of the first ever appearances that Marley made in the UK, and the concert was presented in conjunction with Bexhill Lions and was in aid of Glyne Gap School.

As we prepare to mark this milestone, we want to know – were you there? We want to hear from anyone who attended the gig or knew someone who did.

Do you, or anyone you know, have an original ticket, poster, or memorabilia of any kind related to the event? Then we’d like to hear from you – contact us on:


Find out more about the outdoor festival at DLWP marking the 50th anniversary of Bob Marley playing in Bexhill on the 16th July here.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at DLWP

DLWP Fundraiser Dan Scales reflects on the Pavilion’s ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ work, which we are undertaking with Natasha Player & Co:

“From its opening in 1935, the Pavilion embodied a progressive and inclusive agenda; a ‘people’s palace’ – designed by a refugee and an émigré, that would welcome people from all walks of life to nourish their ‘mind, body and soul’ with culture. Eighty-five years later, Black Lives Matter, migrant crises, climate breakdown and global pandemic have brought the structural inequalities and racism in our society to the forefront of all our minds. Not only as individuals, but here at the De La Warr Pavilion as an organisation. More than ever, it felt essential to take a step back, reflect, and reimagine what is means to be an inclusive cultural centre.

To begin exploring how DLWP can be more inclusive for our staff and our communities, we have been working alongside Natasha Player and her team – expert ‘changemakers’ who ‘draw out people’s mutual respect and understanding’.

Recent Work

Some of our staff met Natasha Player and Ebi Sosseh in August 2020 for an introductory session exploring key themes around ‘Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion’, and helping them understand Pavilion through the eyes of those who know it best – our team!

On Tuesday 29 March, we met again for the first of four collaborative workshops encompassing the whole DLWP Team. The day of activities was run by Natasha and Ebi, who spent the morning helping the team identify our ‘Unconscious Bias’. In the afternoon, we split into breakout groups to create “Listening Spaces” around specific themes.

My group focused on how to support colleagues who might be experiencing Social, Emotional, and Mental Health (SEMH) challenges, or be neurodivergent. We explored some inspiring stories of how we’d created equitable working environments for such colleagues, at DLWP and elsewhere, through both formal and informal strategies. This enabled us to reflect on practices that the Pavilion could introduce to ensure such colleagues can feel even more welcome in future. Other groups shared insights into staff retention & training, cross-department communication, and teambuilding. It was a brilliant to hear contributions from so many different people across the organisation – from the Café Bar team to our stewards, Gallery Assistants, Box Office and Programming teams.

Simply seeing so many ‘people of the Pavilion’ together was a testament to the vibrancy and inclusivity that already exists within the organisation. And the lively discussions we had throughout the day demonstrated a genuine shared commitment to make DLWP as welcoming as possible for staff and audiences of all ages and backgrounds, needs and creeds.

Our Ambitions

This session was just the start. The first of four throughout the year that will involve us all with the aim of giving us the knowledge, confidence, and tools to address Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion within our workplace.

We all want these sessions to lead to long-term culture change at the Pavilion. Working with Natasha in such a discursive manner feels like a great way to achieve just that. Over the coming year, we will be producing an ‘Action Plan’, informed by our staff, that embeds Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in everything we do – in a way which is meaningful to us, the DLWP team.

After each session, we hope to bring you a further blog from a different member of the Pavilion team, enabling you – our community – to come on the journey with us.”

By Dan Scales, Fundraiser

Read our full Equality, Diversity and Inclusion statement here.

What our team said

“As a newcomer, this was a well timed experience.  I have loved being welcomed into the team from across all aspects of the building, but to see what I was really part of, the large scale staffing, the ambition, the realities made me feel incredibly proud to be a member of the team.  The people in the building give it its personality, and keeps the essence of the space alive, knowing that we are being invested in, asked questions, and listened to was really important”

“Natasha and Ebi made us all feel very comfortable, the training was relevant to us, and encouraged discussion.  It was really refreshing that collectively, it wasn’t seen as an opportunity to be negative, but realistic and optimistic about change.  The main thing I took from it was that people were keen to function and operate more smoothly and to spend more time with each other; choirs, bands, yoga, parties – it shows the people power of the Pavilion”

New People of the Pavilion join our Team

We have recently welcomed four new faces to the Pavilion’s Exhibitions, Live and Communications teams. Joao, Kate, Greg and Luke will be helping us produce our prestigious programme of visual art and live events, and tell you – our community, about them!

Joao Conceicao, Assistant Curator

“I’m beyond excited to be joining the DLWP team, as I have been admiring the programme for a long time. From commissioning artists that I admire to having relevant historical/group shows that present important subjects in today’s world, I see this position as an incredible opportunity to contribute to East Sussex and beyond. Previously I worked at Gasworks and Chisenhale Gallery, both based in London, now I am ready to help deliver the Pavilion’s exciting programme but also enjoy the South East coast and all that it has to offer.” 

Greg Norrington, Live Programme Assistant

“Music has been my life since I was about…12 years old, after watching the Cunning Stunts live DVD by Metallica. From then on, it was always my passion to work and be a part of the music industry, more specifically the live circuit. I went on to study Music and Entertainment Business Mgmt at Uni and five days after graduating, I managed to secure an internship at a live concert promoter in London, Kilimanjaro Live. I was fortunate enough to have 11 brilliant years there working on some amazing tours for Ed Sheeran, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The 1975, Gorillaz and Hans Zimmer to name a few. During the pandemic, my fiancé and I relocated down to East Sussex to begin the next chapter in our lives and the only company I wanted to work for was the De La Warr Pavilion. Luckily, a role became available at the beginning of the year and now the rest is history! I’ve joined Ed Frith on the Live Programming team and can’t wait for what lies ahead.”

Kate Lineker, Marketing Manager

“I have always been obsessed with anything creative, having performed from an early age and graduating in Performing Arts, I still find being backstage thrilling!  After a career in brand marketing, I moved to the south coast where I combined my love of art and performance with my commercial brand marketing career – or utopia as I like to call it!  The De La Warr Pavilion is a beautiful coming together of my love for live performance, art, the sea, and my community.  Having known the team for a long time, working with them on a freelance basis, I was thrilled when the opportunity to join them as a full-time member of staff came up – it’s great to be part of the DLWP family.”

Luke Furminger, Marketing Assistant

“I’ve always had a strong interest in creative media and marketing, and so joining the De La Warr Pavilion was an incredible opportunity for me that I just had to take! My main focus as a Marketing Assistant will be on the Coastal Culture Trail which promotes cultural tourism across Hastings, Bexhill, and Eastbourne. This is a project that really excites me as I have grown up in Hastings and explored this trail my whole life without even realising it, I love the fact that now I get to promote it to the rest of the UK. It’s a great opportunity to gain experience ahead of starting my degree in journalism this September.”

Keep an eye out for them when visiting our exhibitions and events! We look forward to seeing you.

If you’d like to be one of our people of the Pavilion, we’re currently offering numerous casual and full-time roles across our organisation. Check out the latest opportunities here:


Mystical Sister; A Poem by Rachel Marsh

A word from Rachel:

People know about the ancient legends of sirens and harpies as being dangerous to men and luring them to their deaths, but a less known part of this legend is that sirens and harpies are supporters of women and are full of love and desire for them. A book I own on myths and legends states that they can be ‘mystical sisters’ of women, encouraging them to live their best lives. I thought this poem I wrote fit in well with Lucy Stein’s ‘female gaze’ in Wet Room and her own mention of these fabulous, mythical creatures.



Mystical Sister


She signifies danger and death to men, but to women

she is a sister, an angel, a mother, protector.

A guardian of female souls.


She sings to us not with doom, but with love.

A mystical sister, a heavenly, welcome visitor.

If you call to her, she will answer you.


She belongs to the ocean, wild shores and the sky.

She speaks through the waves and a bird’s soulful cry.

A mermaid, a sea bird, a shape-shifting spirit.


Her vibrations move through your skull.

You sense her in your bones, but she would never crush them

or consume you. She does the opposite – she lifts you.


She cares for you, and she wants you to fly.

She has no wish for you to die. She remembers the bond

of this relationship bound from an ancient time.


She does not desire your blood or death. She is no threat

to us. She would never drown you or turn you into stone.

Her strength and courage pulse through your veins.


Immortal goddess of water, air, and time. I see her.

Moonlight drips from her wings, long silver talons glint.

They could slice open human skin with one touch,


but they disappear. Soft feathers hold us in the sweetest embrace.

The fire of the earth blazes in her colour changing eyes.

She ignites hidden dreams and urges you to rise.


Her words echo through the tides. Ripples of sound

become louder. She shouts! For the right to be safe, to be heard,

that our education should never be decided by men alone.


She casts her gaze over the world. She can see

women still denied their rights, girls denied their schools

in countries where only men can make the rules.


She orders us to unite, to protest, to continue the fight.

I burn and rage with them. I will use my voice

for all women to possess their freedom and choice.


So I love the thought of you, a magical, mystical sister.

A female goddess who strives for our truth.

Supporter of women and all that we do.


Words by Rachel Marsh




Opening Event: Sophie Goodchild ‘Significant Other: Bulging Waters’

Flatland Projects are extremely excited to invite you to the opening of Sophie Goodchild’s solo exhibition; ‘Significant Other: Bulging Waters‘, Saturday 9 April 2022. This exhibition will be the first in their new Bexhill on Sea space at Beeching Road Studios.

Flatland Projects said “Those who have followed our journey will know that this has been a long term project and we are incredibly honoured to mark this occasion with Sophie’s first UK solo presentation.”



Saturday 9th April 2022



14:00 – 17:00



Flatland Projects

Unit 7 Beeching Road Studios

Beeching Road

Bexhill on Sea

TN39 3LJ


‘Significant Other: Bulging Water’ is an exhibition of felted, ceramic, stone, and salt sculptures produced throughout her experience and time of pregnancy. Goodchild’s approach to making is both connected to craft and the land through the elemental qualities in the making process. Materially, felt and ceramics derive from the fundamental need to contain, carry and protect, commonly descending from living organisms and their own surrounding ecosystems. Through connecting histories of craft, Goodchild places focus upon touch through her making as ‘sensation as translation’; an idea routed in the haptic; to feel within new realms and more importantly, to look at touch as potency.

Sophie Goodchild (b.1993, Chester, UK) lives and works in Nottingham, and has most recently been included in group presentations at Kupfer Project, London; One Thoresby Street, Nottingham; and Saatchi Gallery, London. Goodchild is currently the recipient of the Backlit Gallery studio award in Nottingham, was a recipient of the 2021 London Bronze Editions Prize and a finalist in the 2020 Ingram Prize.