The De La Warr Pavilion is delighted to receive a settlement from Arts Council England (ACE) for £508,430 per year for four years from 2018 – 22. This represents a standstill at the current level of funding to the Pavilion as an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (NPO).

This award is a recognition of the strength of our work, producing excellent arts and culture that our audiences, visitors and participants want and deserve.

It is a commitment to our belief that by putting artists and audiences at the heart of what we do, we can produce innovative and integrated cultural programmes that are accessible and relevant to the diverse communities that we serve. We aim to create opportunities, drive aspirations and reflect the thinking and ideas of the world in which we live.

This award reinforces the value of our partnership with Rother District Council who, through a bold seven-year funding agreement (2013 – 2021), recognise our impact on social cohesion, health and well being, the visitor economy, tourism and regeneration.

Stewart Drew, Director and CEO of the Pavilion says:

‘The Pavilion was conceived as a democratic space for culture and recreation in 1935 and is now a vibrant hub for a wide and diverse community to experience and enjoy exhibitions, events and entertainment in an iconic modernist building by the sea.  This award will allow us to continue to present programmes and activities that are within the original spirit, accessible and relevant to all. The core funding we receive from ACE and Rother District Council gives us the financial stability that will allow us to work towards fundraising for a future capital campaign for the preservation of this  Grade One Listed modernist masterpiece.’

The Pavilion received 410,000 visits in the twelve months from April 2016 to March 2017.  Forty three thousand tickets were sold for auditorium events, growing our audiences aged 16-34 – a reflection on our increasingly diverse programme and the building of new opportunities to engage young people. We presented seven free exhibitions from national and international artists, 80 live events in the auditorium, and a wide range of free or low cost events. Our Learning and Participation programme engaged over 4,300 children, young people and families with over 4000 people taking part in activities directly aimed at older people, those living with a disability and those who live in low socio-economic areas including refugees and migrants.  Over 500,000 visits and engagements were made online ( and social media channels).

Est. 1935
Modern ever since

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Posted by sally on Tuesday 27 June 2017