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This stunning exhibition by Peter Blake comprises three print series, Alphabet (1991), An Alphabet (2007) and Appropriated Alphabets (2013), and a personally chosen selection of related original artworks.

Throughout his career, Sir Peter Blake has created works based around the alphabet, making assemblages from vintage cards, magazines, books and found ephemera.

Often referred to as the ‘Godfather of British Pop Art’, Sir Peter Blake’s work crosses generational divides. Knighted in 2002, and with his work represented in major collections throughout the world, Sir Peter Blake is a grandee of British Art.

Alphabet (1991)

Is comprised of 26 silk-screen prints that manifests Blake’s ongoing fascination with pop culture. B is for Boxer depicts Joe Louis, who was world heavyweight boxing champion from 1937-1949; I is for Idols is a collage of screen legends, artists and musicians including Shirley Temple, the Beatles and Marilyn Monroe.

An Alphabet (2007)

Is a feast of found imagery and typography in which each work represents a different letter of the alphabet. The Letter F features colourful illustrations of fishes, foxes and fans alongside more unexpected inclusions such as diagrams of fencing manoeuvres, faucets – and Fingal’s Cave. These excerpts of illustrations, text and typography are broken up by the insertion of small blocks of primary colour, and a hand-written list. The range of materials reflects the wealth of Blake’s personal collection of printed ephemera, the diversity of his interests and his love of minute detail.

Appropriated Alphabets (2013)

Presents twelve individual alphabets that includes objects of personal memory, such as a bus ticket collected by Blake from a trip to Utah. Appropriated Alphabets 3 is compiled from the first letters of various font names, and Appropriated Alphabets 5 is a playful stencil of his favourite typeface.

Peter Blake, Limited Edition Print

A beautiful signed limited edition (80) print is available to purchase from the DLWP Shop online or in person.

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.