Taking place within Lauren Godfrey: Group Hat, THINKING THROUGH… is a lively and informal summer-long series of creative events, workshops and conversations exploring how we learn and unlearn, together. It includes investigations into environmentalism, wellbeing, gardening, co-designing, common space, colour, language and movement.

Unlearning is an evolving process of challenging pre-held beliefs, behaviours or assumptions so that we can think and behave differently, overwriting old habits and finding new ways of working together. THINKING THROUGH… is happening as the De La Warr Pavilion examines how it can respond to the current crisis in art education, and how more equitable relationships can be enabled in our organisation and in society at large.

THINKING THROUGH… is conceived with the DLWP team, and thinkers and makers from University College London: Slade School of Fine Art, The Bartlett School of Architecture and Institute of Education, as part of their knowledge sharing and widening participation programme. It takes place during the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Bauhaus School of Art and Design in Germany; How Chicago!, Lauren Godfrey’s exhibition Group Hat and THINKING THROUGH… all echo the Bauhaus’s pioneering ideas of collaboration, unlearning and thinking through making.

THINKING THROUGH… is being developed through ongoing conversations throughout the summer. Please see posters in the First floor gallery and for the programme of talks and workshops, announced as we proceed.

Open to all on a pay-what-you-can basis. Scroll to the bottom of the page and use the slider to find the unique event pages.


Programme of events

22 July
Exploring the life and work of the Chicago Imagists through drawing objects and our surroundings, looking at the past and thinking of the present. A character based workshop led by illustrator Scott Garrett.

29 July
Join us for an informal discussion around the language we use to talk about art, focusing on just one word and its meanings. This session will focus on the word compassion.

What do we mean by ‘compassion’, and how might we learn to introduce more compassion into our lives? Why does compassion matter now, and should we be teaching it in schools and cultural spaces?

11 August
Join us for an informal knowledge sharing and Q&A panel discussion around themes of growing, harvesting and health benefits of plants within community gardens.

23-24 August
This two-day workshop begins with a field trip on Hastings beach to explore its geology and scenery and to collect pigments. Day two will be a hands-on session on turning pigment into paint. Led by Jo Volley and Ruth Siddall from UCL.

2 September
Join us for an informal discussion around the language we use to talk about art, focusing on just one word and its meanings.

15 September
Bring an item of clothing that needs mending and share stories about how our everyday habits, routines and rituals leave their imprints on our garments.

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 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.