Right Here and Out There is an exhibition of new and existing works by Alison Wilding that unfolds inside and outside our gallery, with works selected in response to the landscape and the light.
“Pure sculpture… and alchemist whose art is full of romance and mystery
Jonathan Jones, The Guardian
Regarded as one of the UK’s foremost sculptors, Wilding’s abstract works use contrasting materials such as neoprene rubber, translucent acrylic, alabaster and steel to create sensual juxtapositions which explore the complexities of perception.
The exhibition responds to the landscape that surrounds the Pavilion and light that streams into it, showing a selection of works from the 1980s to the present and two new sculptures made especially for the site.
The exhibition is curated by Rosie Cooper, Head of Exhibitions at the De La Warr Pavilion, who says: “The sculptures give off a sense of time and space crumpled, a collapse that pushes us into the present, directly. Ancient and modern materials collide, drawing out streams of consciousness.”
It begins in the ground floor gallery, a space characterised by a huge window out to sea. Through it, a new work can be seen outside: Docking, a pair of large lozenge shapes made from cast concrete, their sharp lines echoing the spaceship-like qualities of the Pavilion itself.
Light is an important and active character in the exhibition. Translucent elements in sculptures such as Red Skies (1992) and Drowned (1993) are activated by it, their centres glowing and then darkening again throughout the day, a contrast with the continual incandescence of Floodlight (2001). Together, these works form constellations across the gallery, with other works inhabiting shadows, or creating them.
By combining ancient and modern materials, Wilding’s sculptures create conversations across time and space, producing new experiences in the present. Dark Horse (1983) is the most identifiably figurative work in the exhibition: resting on the floor, it comprises a flat, black neoprene shape that loosely resembles an animal skin, a stone object that might be its head placed on top. Nearby, Locust (1983) resembles a shoot growing out of the floor: some form of nature invades the space, but the title given it alludes to a sense of menace.
Further works such as Tablet (2009), a series of cast plaster tablets, appear to ooze a dark substance which is, in fact, cast bronze. In Wilding’s hands, materials appear seem unstable, shifting shape and form, creating a series of subtle illusions.
Supported by the Henry Moore Foundation and Karsten Schubert Gallery, London.
There are plenty of welcoming and good value B&Bs & boutique hotels in Bexhill. The De La Warr Pavilion regularly uses the following :
- 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.
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.
Please be aware the Rother District car park outside the De La Warr Pavilion operates paid parking until 8pm. After this time parking is free. There is also lmiited free car parking along the seafront.
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 01424 229 111 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.