A two-day workshop to collect local pigments from Hastings beach and turn them into paints.

Friday 23 August, 11am – onwards
Saturday 24 August, 2 – 5pm

From the organisers:
The walk/talk will encourage people to interact with the landscape and learn how to read it. The exact route might vary depending on tides and weather, but we will collect and describe pebbles from the beach and also the material in cliff sections. Those that are so inclined will be encouraged to make ‘lightening sketches’ of either a scientific or artistic nature and we will be able to provide guidance and tuition on producing sketches based on scientific observation. We will also look at how natural geological materials are used in architecture and collect material which participants can transform into their own pigments and paints on the second day.

The first day will begin with a walk from the De La Warr to Hastings’ beaches to explore the geology and scenery of the Wealden landscape. In the Early Cretaceous period, these environments were dominated by estuaries, salt marsh and mangrove-type ecosystems. A wealth of dinosaur and winged-reptile fossils have been found in the sandstones of the cliffs at Hastings, along with footprints and dinosaur trackways. The harder, iron-rich sandstones of the Wealden formations have been used extensively locally for building in the area between Hastings and Tunbridge Wells. The local geologies have therefore contributed not only to the formation of the landscape but also to the local character of the rural built environment.

For the walk from Bexhill to Hastings, meet in DLWP main foyer at 11am on the Friday.

The second day will be a hands-on workshop turning pigment into paint. Working with four earth pigments – manganese oxide, chalk, terre vert and iron oxide – and using four different binders, the session will discuss the colours’ individual properties and explore their different effects.

Run by Jo Volley, Deputy Director (Projects), Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, and Dr Ruth Siddall, Student Mediator and formerly Senior Lecturer in Earth Sciences, UCL.

Open to all, under 14yrs must be accompanied by an adult 18+

This workshop is part of THINKING THROUGH…, a series of events and workshops taking place in the First floor gallery throughout the summer. All events are open to all and pay-what-you-can.



Taking place within Group HatTHINKING THROUGH… is a lively and informal summer-long series of creative events, workshops and conversations exploring how we learn and unlearn, together. It includes investigations into environmentalism, wellbeing, gardening, co-designing, common space, colour, language and movement.

Unlearning is an evolving process of challenging pre-held beliefs, behaviours or assumptions so that we can think and behave differently, overwriting old habits and finding new ways of working together. THINKING THROUGH… is happening as the De La Warr Pavilion examines how it can respond to the current crisis in art education, and how more equitable relationships can be enabled in our organisation and in society at large.

THINKING THROUGH… is conceived with the DLWP team, and thinkers and makers from University College London: Slade School of Fine Art, The Bartlett School of Architecture and Institute of Education, as part of their knowledge sharing and widening participation programme. It takes place during the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Bauhaus School of Art and Design in Germany; How Chicago!, Lauren Godfrey’s exhibition Group Hat and THINKING THROUGH… all echo the Bauhaus’s pioneering ideas of collaboration, unlearning and thinking through making.

THINKING THROUGH… is being developed through ongoing conversations throughout the summer. Please see posters in the First floor gallery and the What’s On for the programme of talks and workshops, announced as we proceed.

Open to all on a pay-what-you-can basis.

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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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.