On Monday 15 May, Tschabalala Self’s public sculpture, Seated, was vandalised.
You can read our statement here and the artist’s response here.
Please note that the sculpture is currently closed and will re-open on 3rd June. To celebrate its reopening, we invite you to join us for a picnic around the sculpture on Saturday 3 June, 4pm – 5.30pm. Please bring something to sit on, food and drink for a joyful afternoon in the sun. We’ll provide the music!
Through an expansive practice bringing together painting, printmaking, sculpture and collage, Self’s depictions, predominantly of women, traverse different artistic traditions. Black and femme bodies are particularly prevalent in her work, featuring different subjects, or characters, with individual and powerful identities, many of which are reimagined from chance encounters. Through meditations on race and gender, Self’s work is concerned with what it means to flourish as a human and how the self is performed and perceived within contemporary life.
‘Taking a seat is a universal act of leisure and calm. I wanted to create a monumental sculpture for the public that spoke to this simple joy. The woman is strong, beautiful and self-possessed. She represents all individuals, but women in particular, who understand the power and importance of simple gestures that assert their right to take up space.’ – Tschabalala Self, 2022
Presented on the lawn of the De La Warr Pavilion and facing outwards to the ocean, Seated will evoke the acts of resting, reflection and leisure that are part of DLWP’s coastal context.
On Saturday 3 June, 3-5pm, Tschabalala Self will be in conversation with DLWP Head of Exhibitions, Joseph Constable. This event has already sold out, but a limited number of tickets may be released on the day (weather dependent). Tickets must be booked in advance so please keep an eye on socials to check availability.
Tschabalala Self, Seated is commissioned by Avant Arte and produced by Factum Arte. The presentation at De La Warr Pavilion is kindly supported by Pilar Corrias Gallery, London.
IMAGE: Tschabalala Self, Seated, 2022, Patinated bronze, Coal Drops Yard. Courtesy the artist and Pilar Corrias, London. Photo: Lucy Emms
Tschabalala Self (b. 1990, Harlem, USA) lives and works in New York Tri-State. Recent exhibitions include: Kunstmuseum St Gallen, St. Gallen, Desert X 2023 (2023), Le Consortium, Dijon (2022); Performa 2021 Biennial New York City, New York (2021); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2021); Kunsthalle Duesseldorf, Duesseldorf (2021); Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore (2021); ICA, Boston (2020); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2019), and Frye Art Museum, Seattle (2019). Works are held in major museum collections, including Astrup Fearnley, Oslo; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; ICA Boston, Boston; LUMA Foundation, Zurich; Perez Art Museum Miami, Miami; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; Pinakothek Der Moderne, Munich; and The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; amongst many others.
There are plenty of welcoming and good value B&Bs & boutique hotels in Bexhill. The De La Warr Pavilion regularly uses the following :
- 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 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.