Meet, discuss, interact, and reflect in RESOLVE Collective’s exhibition in the Ground floor gallery this summer.
RESOLVE is an interdisciplinary design collective combining architecture, engineering, technology and art to address social challenges. Much of their work aims to provide platforms for celebrating local knowledges as well as organising and collaborating in communities. An integral part of this way of working means designing with and for young people and under-represented groups in society.
This exhibition, titled LIDO, has been conceived as a leisure space for Bexhill, created through research and collaboration with students from Bexhill College and the De La Warr Pavilion’s young people’s group, The Blueprint Collective. Accompanied by RESOLVE, these collaborators embarked on ‘forages’ of Bexhill where they incorporated a broad range of methods, from pre-historic methods of flint knapping to audio walking, as ways of gathering local materials, memories, and architectural forms from Bexhill, led by their knowledge and emotional connections to the area.
The result is an augmented ‘lido’ for Bexhill, invoking a type of public space that was popularised in many UK coastal towns in the 1930s and are themselves often ‘foraged’ from the sea. LIDO encourages visitors to browse these foraged materials whilst recounting and creating their own local connections, remixing them within a landscaped space for leisure, interaction, and knowledge-sharing over the summer months.
Merging our exhibition and learning spaces, RESOLVE has created a community destination over the summer. Local groups are invited to use the space for their own programmes as well as participating in a dynamic public programme curated by the young people and the team at the Pavilion.
LIDO is part of a research collaboration between RESOLVE, Wellcome Collection in London, West Dean College in West Sussex, and the De La Warr Pavilion. The overarching project – ‘What the Wild Things Are’ – surveys the geographical and political-ecological contexts of each site – the urban, the rural and the coastal – working with local young people, material experiments, and archival research to probe what and who is ‘wild’ in these contexts.
Watch the film here, where the co-creators talk about the work leading up to the exhibition:
LIDO is kindly supported by the N+P in East Sussex Fund.
- 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 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.