Katie Cuddon, Mother and Baby, 2020 (detail), painted ceramic and webbing, blanket, chair

Katie Cuddon’s (b. 1979, London, UK) sculptures begin as pummelled and masticated clay which is fired and then combined with other materials and found objects. The sculptures are known for their tensile surfaces, shaped into forms that are simultaneously anthropomorphic, symbolic and surreal, and enter our space on supports, both found and constructed. Expressive and instinctive, the artist’s work explores psychological representations of the human body and the interpenetration of art and life.

Presenting a series of new works made by Cuddon since becoming a mother in 2018, the exhibition is conceived as an intimate and visceral environment in which unsettling imaginings play out. The title, Night Portraits refers to a group of small works within the exhibition inscribed with the artist’s teeth and incorporating candle wax exudes, whilst conjuring the dreamlike quality of the exhibition space. They are sculptures that resist a straightforward narrative reading, but rather take the viewer on a restless journey of association between our inner and outer worlds.

Night Portraits is Cuddon’s first institutional solo exhibition in over a decade and draws upon her recent research into the relationships between clay, writing, death, and the body pursued with fellowships and research grants from the Leverhulme Trust and Wellcome Trust.

Henry Moore Foundation

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 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.