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Throughout the summer, artist Lauren Godfrey will transform the First floor gallery into a space for learning and unlearning.

The exhibition will be her response to her impression of the De La Warr Pavilion and the town of Bexhill as a ‘porous chorus’ of individuals and groups: buildings, pieces of furniture, steps and surfaces that together form a whole.

A new series of moveable artworks, furniture, objects and a mural inspired by encounters with the Pavilion’s employees and groups she has worked with will create a setting for play, reading, listening and reflection. Meanwhile, a public programme of events, developed in partnership with University College London and De La Warr Pavilion employees, will unfold in the space, reflecting on how and what we learn from each other, and what we need to better work and learn together.

Many of the works in Group Hat have been developed in close relationship with several local organisations. Some built components of the exhibition will be donated to The Pelham community hub in Sidley. This centre is used by a number of different community groups, including New Thing Academy, a dance school with which Godfrey has worked to explore how knowledge is performed through movement. The artist has also run a series of workshops with Chantry Community Primary School in Bexhill to make shapes, patterns and words that will recur throughout the design of the furniture and mural. The benches have been conceived to eventually be used by Hastings & Rother Refugee Buddy Project in their new shop on the seafront in St Leonards. Hastings & Rother Furniture Service has generously loaned Godfrey a trolley that she will ‘upcycle’ for the exhibition, turning it into a book-swap-on-wheels, and which will be returned to the charity for them to continue cataloguing donations in September. Finally, Godfrey will produce a manual of shared Bexhillian knowledge, drawn from conversations with children from Chantry Community Primary School, DLWP staff, volunteers and gallery visitors, that shares ‘how-to’ guides of the different things we each know how to do.

2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus, the influential German art school that pioneered the idea of ‘thinking through making’ and the close marriage of art, design and functionality. Group Hat celebrates and builds on Bauhaus forms of radical education, including learning in a way that is non-hierarchical, and that puts play and process at its heart.

Opening day timings

10.30am, Members’ & Patrons’ Tour of How Chicago! – Book here

11am, Members’ and Patrons’ Brunch – Book here

11.30am, Artist & Curator Talk: How Chicago! and Lauren Godfrey – Book here

12 noon, How Chicago! and Lauren Godfrey: Group Hat opens to the public

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.
    OR
    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.
Accessibility

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.