Working with the local community to explore ideas around identity and place through tours, creative workshops, events and projects both in the building and off-site.


Delivered in partnership with Bexhill Your Way, 4Seasons is a visual arts programme working with a group of adults with mental health issues. As the name suggests the group meet at quarterly intervals, to visit the galleries and studio. The group discuss and reflect on the artworks, and experiment with ideas, materials and processes found within the galleries to produce individual work in response.

To find out more about joining the group please contact 01424 229 103

The Mercury Club

Delivered in partnership with Culture Shift, this visual arts programme works with adults with learning disabilities and their carers. The Mercury Club meets once a month to visit the galleries and studio, developing creative ideas, skills and friendships.

To find out more about joining the group please contact 01424 229 103

Yemi Awosile at Thornwood Care Home

We are working with multi-disciplinary designer Yemi Awosile as artist in residence at Thornwood Care Home in Bexhill-on-Sea, home to 16 people living with dementia. The residency is organised by the De La Warr Pavilion in association with Open School East, and funded by a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Test and Explore grant.

Throughout Autumn 2017, Awosile will engage Thornwood Care Home residents and staff in conversation and creative activities. Out of this, she will develop a collection of digitally embroidered fabrics inspired by these encounters, and the site. Awosile will test how craft innovation might help to bridge the gap between a younger generation of digital natives, and those brought up before the digital age: challenging age and ability related stereotypes, as well as attitudes to craft.

Read about our work with Yemi in our blog here. 

The Musical Matinee Club

Presented in partnership with Bexhill Dementia Action Alliance this series of relaxed, enhanced film screenings are specifically designed to welcome people who may benefit from a more informal environment, including with those living with dementia and disabilities and their carers. The screenings are enhanced by props to be used at ‘magic moments’ to bring the action on film to life in the auditorium. After the event, members are encouraged to take the props home and use them to open new conversations and connections.

Supported by the BFI, Film Hub South East, Sussex Community Foundation and Gaby Hardwicke Solicitors.


Wednesday 8 August –
Wednesday 5 September


The CONNECT programme is funded by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation and explores ideas around identity and place. It uses the Pavilion’s heritage, design and exhibitions as a springboard for those ideas.