Ahead of the forthcoming exhibition All in the Same Storm: Patchwork Pandemic Stories, we welcome Rossana Leal in conversation, exclusively for our Members & Patrons.

  • A weekend of celebration: banner drop, 2020. Image courtesy of the Refugee Buddy Project, Hastings, Rother and Wealden

  • Handstitched patchwork square by Alba Frederella. All In The Same Storm: Patchwork Pandemic Stories, De La Warr Pavilion, 2021.

  • Image from original footage contained in Scraps of Life 28 minutes film produced by Gayla Jamison, 1992, Lightfoot Films, Inc. With permission of the producer, © Conflict Textiles

FREE, donations welcome

This event is exclusively for DLWP Members & Patrons.

Rossana founded the Refugee Buddy Project, Hastings, Rother & Wealden in Autumn 2017, inspired by the warm welcome she and her family received when they fled the dictatorship in Chile many years ago.

DLWP has collaborated with the Buddy Project to present All in the Same Storm, an exhibition centred around four quilts comprised of 95 handstitched squares made by local people during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the stories that each patch tells.

As well as shining a light on the background to All in the Same Storm…, Rossana and Rosie will explore the Buddy Project’s work, its relationship to the Pavilion’s heritage and current programmes, how grassroots networks of solidarity are changing, and the ever-increasing role of cultural organisations in supporting and nurturing these networks.

The Refugee Buddy Project supports newly arriving refugee families within Hastings, Rother, and Wealden. Rossana has a vision for how this work can establish a real culture of ‘welcome and hospitality’ towards our new fellow-citizens.

Please ensure you are logged into your account before booking tickets for this event.

This event will take place online via a Zoom Meeting. During the event, you will have the option to turn on your camera, but we will ask attendees to remain muted until the Q&A.

The talk will commence at 4pm, followed by a Q&A with Rosanna and Rosie.

Everyone who attends the event is welcome to join the DLWP Team and fellow Members for an informal chat from 5pm, once the event has concluded.

BSL interpretation will be provided.

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Rossana's Story

Rossana Leal has experienced first hand the fear and trauma of being a refugee. Her family fled their home country of Chile because of the threat of state persecution following Pinochet’s violent coup in 1973.

She still remembers the names of the two people that met her family at the airport in London in 1977: Helen and Gordon. They were part of the Joint Working Group, a network of faith groups, trades unions and local authority services who helped Chilean refugees. Rosanna says that as a direct result of their warm welcome, unflinching commitment and the way they organised a secure place for her family to stay during those first few days after their arrival, she finally began to feel safe.

Subsequently welcomed into the community in Fife, Scotland, Rossana talks fondly of her adopted home country and the welcome she was given by a community bound by its mining industry and trade unions. Whilst she accepts that Scotland is not where her family roots are, she has always maintained that she is as Scottish as Chilean and that ultimately home is where you feel safe.

After graduating with a Masters in Health Education and Promotion, Rossana worked in Community Engagement & Regeneration Programmes in a range of different project management roles.

Her priority when moving to Hastings was to slow down, rest and take a break from everything, but she felt she could not stand by as “life got worse and worse every day for refugees in the UK”. Her vast experience was going to waste at a time of great need, and that she felt compelled to do something to combat the Home Office’s ‘hostile environment policy’: The Refugee Buddy Project, Hastings, Rother & Wealden was founded.

Booking information

Please note that Booking Fees apply on the following transactions:

Online: Tickets booked online are subject to booking fees when purchased through our website. E-tickets for print at at home are emailed instantly on the account you have registered with DLWP and are free of charge. They can also be downloaded from our website within My Account.

Telephone: £3.50 per transaction + £2 postage or free collection at the Box Office.

In Person: There are currently no charges for booking tickets in person.

There is a £2 charge to post tickets.

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Please note that we are only able to post tickets within the UK. If you live overseas please select box office collection or print at home tickets. Tickets purchased for post will be sent 10 – 14 days before the show date.

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

Eat before the show

Book online: Pre-show dining can be booked online as an add-on when purchasing tickets for selected events. You will be purchasing a ticket to guarantee your meal before the show.
Please note you must be a ticket holder to the show to book pre-show dining.

Already booked your tickets? If you’ve already booked tickets for a show and would like to add dining, please contact Box Office: boxoffice@dlwp.com

On the night: If you have pre-booked please come to the bar to order from the gig menu and sit at one of the reserved tables.

No re-entry

Please be aware that we operate no re-entry for gigs. This means that once you have entered the building, you cannot go out and re-enter. This policy is in line with other major music venues across the UK and put in place on police advice. No re-entry is clearly signposted as you come through security on the front door.
There is a fenced-off area on the terrace for people who go out to smoke or vape.

Staying locally

There are plenty of welcoming and good value B&Bs & boutique hotels in Bexhill. The De La Warr Pavilion regularly uses the following:

Travel information
  • By Rail
    Direct trains go from London Victoria, Brighton and Ashford to Bexhill.
    There are also trains from London Charing Cross, changing at St. Leonards Warrior Square and from London Bridge or Charing Cross going to Battle. Battle is only a short taxi journey away (15 mins approx).
    Visit www.nationalrail.co.uk for up-to-date train travel information.
  • Taxis
    Town Taxis:  01424 211 511
    Parkhurst Taxis:  01424 733 456
  • By Car
    If driving from the London area:
    Take the M25, then A21 to Hastings. Turn off at John‘s Cross and follow the signs to Bexhill.
    Take the A22 to Eastbourne, go across the Bishop roundabout to the A271 and follow the signs to Bexhill and the seafront. The De La Warr Pavilion is on the Marina.
    From the Brighton area:
    Follow the A27 out of Brighton until you arrive in Bexhill On Sea.
  • Parking
    Please be aware the Rother District car park outside the De La Warr Pavilion operates paid parking until 7pm. After this time parking is free.

Within the limits of this Grade One listed building, the De La Warr Pavilion strives to be fully accessible with a range of facilities to support your visit.

Assistance Dogs are permitted into the building.

Please contact the Box Office on boxoffice@dlwp.com to arrange a visit.

Facilities for disabled visitors

  • Ramped access at the front of the building
  • A low counter at the Box Office and  Information Desk
  • Disabled toilets on two floors
  • A lift to all floors
  • Accessible galleries on both floors
  • An accessible Café
  • Spaces for wheelchairs in the auditorium for seated events
  • Ramped access in the auditorium for events during the day
  • Ramped access into the Studio
  • Two travel wheelchairs are available for use at the De La Warr Pavilion. To reserve, please call our box office and information desk on (01424) 229111 or ask a member of staff on arrival. The chairs are provided on a first come, first served basis and are intended for use inside the Pavilion. Please contact us for more information.

Facilities for blind or visually-impaired

  • Large print season brochures

Facilities for the hard-of-hearing

  • An T-Switch induction loop in some areas of the auditorium (please indicate when booking as this facility is not available on the balcony)
  • British Sign Language interpretation tours of the building and exhibitions are available on request.