Platform is an initiative of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN) South East, committed to supporting recent graduates in their professional development.

The De La Warr Pavilion is part of a network of 5 venues in the region (Aspex, Modern Art Oxford, Milton Keynes Gallery and Turner Contemporary) who select and showcase works by recent graduates annually. Each gallery will nominate one graduate to be considered for the Platform Prize 2016. This award, consisting of a £2,500 bursary and 12 month programme of professional mentoring, will be awarded on 5th November.


MMRDR – BA Fine Art, University of Brighton at Sussex Coast College

A lifetime spent by the sea has inspired me to create work which focusses on our relationship with nature and the process and effects of this ever changing bond. I began working with clay – experimenting with a process led medium where your technique is focussing on the materials instead of an original imprinted idea. Through my studies I began developing more conceptual and abstract sculptures, combining both traditional and experimental ways of working with materials. Each of my sculptures is paired with a large collection of photographs, drawings, ideas and research – which I value as part of the finished piece. My work is based on the Hastings harbour arm. I have been looking in-depth at many aspects of this structure, reflecting my thoughts and ideas through different mediums and materials leaving a trace or a blueprint of the original inspiration in the final piece.

Eleanor Pearch – BA Sculpture, University of Brighton

Weighing my attraction to certain materials against their contextual associations is the main concern of my practice. An abstract lust for qualities like colour and floppiness rubs against an observation and subversion of the function of domestic materials. Deliberately ignoring the properties of their material, sculptures made of wallpaper stick their fingers in their ears and try to stand up anyway. Sculptures often become like theatrical characters with a pathos generated by materials trying and failing to be autonomous. Drooping, sagging and slouching act as metaphors, endear us to the object and anthropomorphise it. Domestic surface trying to be Sculpture is Floppy trying to be Upright, Useful trying to be Useless, Surface trying to be Subject.

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 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. 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.