We are your Pavilion. Proud to support our local community and its economy.

We support our local community and its economy in a number of ways, through partnerships, programme and venue hire.

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As a charity (no. 1065586), our business model is a mix of public funding, private fundraising and commercial income. We are not for profit, with all income reinvested in programmes for the benefit of our community. We provide free access to over 420,000 visitors per year, and over 6000 participants engage in our learning & wellbeing programmes. We host over 90 headline performances and 80 community events each year, contributing well over £16m to the local economy.

Heritage & Wellbeing
One of the founding principles of the modernist De La Warr Pavilion was to promote health in mind, body and soul. Today, we recognize the significant contribution the arts, culture and creativity can make to our health and wellbeing.

Our programmes are a lifeline for over 6,000 local participants in terms of wellbeing and mental health, skills, and creating positive futures. Our participants include marginalised groups such as the elderly, adults and young people with learning disabilities, refugees, people living with dementia, mental health challenges, and those from low socio-economic backgrounds.

We work with partners across our Learning & Wellbeing programmes, bringing in expertise and reaching local communities in need. For example, we deliver Art Lab  a creative course for young people with social, emotional and mental health challenges in partnership with NHS Discovery College; stage dementia friendly relaxed film screenings with the Bexhill Dementia Action Alliance and are developing Art & Aphasia with national charity SayAphasia and UCL.

Supporting the eco-system: job creation & talent development

Originally conceived as a ‘People’s Palace’, DLWP has always been a catalyst for cultural regeneration in the south east. We support the economic prosperity of the area and contribute well over £16m to the regional economy.

Our live programme has been built up over the last 10 years; deemed unviable in 2005 it now offers a programme of live music and comedy which is as important to its region as any other UK venue. The programme returns a very small profit overall which is reinvested for the benefit of our community. It supports many musicians, artists and promoters, as well as stimulating local businesses (bars, restaurants and B&Bs) and providing employment for local people. 98% of our workforce is local.

We create skills and employment opportunities for local people, especially young people. We host and organise the annual Bexhill Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair, which attracted 50 exhibitors and over 500 attendees in 2020. In 2019, we earned an East Sussex Industry Champion badge for delivering opportunities for young people to experience the cultural workplace and we are a Cornerstone Employer. In recent months, DLWP has been supporting two apprentices from Little Gate Farm , an organisation based in Rye which facilitates apprenticeships for young people with learning disabilities and autism.

Through internationally acclaimed exhibitions, new commissions, touring and residencies, we create opportunities for artists of all disciplines and career stages to develop their practice and engage with new audiences. Exhibited artists come from across the UK, all five continents and right here in Bexhill. Over 50% of exhibited artists are from minority ethnic backgrounds.

Equal opportunities is embedded within our own recruitment. We employ a dedicated team of 130 local people – 98% from Rother & Hastings. Beyond our own staff, we employ 50+ creative freelancers each year, including artists, educators and gallery technicians. 40 active local volunteers who support our programmes. We provide further training and grants for creative organisations and individual practitioners as a South East Creatives Hub.

Throughout the Covid-19 crisis, we are continuing to work with our key partners to ensure that we emerge from this crisis as a strong and resilient community. These partners include our core funders Rother District Council and Arts Council England; local cultural and tourism networks; businesses; galleries and cultural organisations nationwide; the South East LEP and our networks of artists, educators and facilitators.

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Who we work with in our local community  (see below)

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Who we work with:

Active Arts
We host the annual Active Arts showcase by the Hastings and Bexhill Mencap Society

Active Hastings/Active Rother
We work with these organisations to help promote the 1066 Cycling Festival 2020 and, in Summer 2019, we held a  Rooftop Fitness Rave.

All Saints Nursery, Cygnets and Rainbow Childcare Centres, and Stepping Stones playgroup
Through 2018 – 2019 we engaged local nursery group in the Making It REAL project – a programme to build parents’ knowledge and confidence so that they can help their children with reading, writing and speech development.

The Bexhill Choral Society, The Bexhill Arts Society, The Bexhill Artists Workspace
We host annual concerts in the auditorium and exhibitions in the studio by these local societies.

Bexhill Academy
This local school holds its prize-giving at DLWP and we work with teachers through HRAEN and CPD events.

Bexhill College
Students have made artworks featured in many exhibitions at DLWP.  We hosted a student performance of Where There Is Smoke in June 2019.

Bexhill Dementia Action Alliance
The BDDA are our partners in the Musical Matinee Clubs (relaxed film screenings for people living with dementia and their carers) and help us promote events for Older Peoples’ Day.

The Bexhill Lions Club
We support The Bexhill Lions Club who  use our terrace for various events, including the annual Wheel and Walk and Santa Dash.  The Lions help us when we need marshalls for events, our Schools’ concerts and other volunteering opportunities.

The Bexhill Festival of Music
We work with the BFOM to programme their events at DLWP including The Wacky Band and Last Night Of The Bexhill Proms

Bexhill Museum
We work with Bexhill Museum, sharing our archive and Sussex and Brighton university students on placements.

We are presenting the Bexhill Light Operatic and Dramatic Society’s amateur premiere of SHREK: THE MUSICAL at Christmas 2021.

Bexhill Primary Schools
We host the Bexhill Primary Schools Big Sing and Christmas Concerts work with teachers through HRAEN and CPD events.
All Saints School, Sidley: Our Learning and Participation Team worked at All Saints School, Sidley, running creative workshops as part of Children’s Art Week. We are engaging the Ecology Club in England’s Creative Coast project in 2021.
Chantry Primary School, Bexhill: Our Learning and Participation Team worked with artist Lauren Godfrey to create ideas for the exhibition Group Hat. We host the Bexhill Primary Schools annual events – the Big Sing and the Primary Schools’ Christmas Concerts. Artist Lauren Godfrey worked with pupils to co-create aspects of her exhibition Group Hat.

Bexhill Sailing Club
The Sailing Club helped us create a new artwork by with artist Simon Patterson in 2017 and regularly hosts fish and chip lunches for our guests at exhibition openings.

Diana Freedman School of Dance
We host the school’s annual pantomime in December.

DV8 & the Eggtooth Project
We work with DV8 and Eggtooth  to host and promote emerging music talent from Bexhill, Rother and Hastings.

East Sussex School of Performing Arts (ESSPA) , Bexhill
We host ESSPA’s annual production.

Hastings Furniture Service
HFS have hosted three fundraising comedy events at DLWP. They provided the book-swap trolley for Lauren Godfrey’s exhibition Group Hat.  We also work with them strategically on their ambitions to run creative workspaces in Bexhill.

The Hastings and Rother Refugee Buddy Project
We have worked with this group to co-curate one of our PechaKucha events, and have worked with the Links Project.
We have worked with this group to co-curate a PechaKucha Night, THINKING THROUGH events and inform aspects of Marc Bauer’s exhibition Mal Etre/Performance.

Heart of Sidley
We regularly run creative workshops in Sidley , including the Sidley Family Fun Day in the Recreation ground. In 2017 we worked with young people from the Sidley Media Group to produce trailers for our Sunset Screenings and, in 2019, we subsidized tickets for The Tiger Who Came To Tea for families from Sidley.

Links Project
We work with artist Nicole Zaaroura to host visits to our exhibitions for refugees, asylum seekers and migrant communities.

Littlegate Farm, Beckley
DLWP employ two supported apprenticeships from Littlegate Farm, a charity near Rye who helps people with learning difficulties in to work.

Mad Fish School of Performing Arts, Bexhill
We  invited Mad Fish to sing show tunes from The Greatest Showman ahead of our  free screening on our outside wall last summer.

The Mercury Club
We host a monthly creative club for adults with learning disabilities from Tinkers Hatch, the Parchment Trust and Bexhill College Adult Learners

The Motherlode Project
In 2019 this series of workshops supported mothers experiencing mental health challenges as a result of motherhood in their recovery. You can listen to the project podcast here.

We work in partnership with Optivo to find ways that the Pavilion can creatively contribute to the lives and well-being of Optivo and Heart of Sidley residents.

The Pelham Community Centre, Sidley
Artist Lauren Godfrey worked with a community dance troupe at the Pelham to inform her exhibition Group Hat in summer 2019.

The Poppy Marathon and Poppy Appeal
We have worked with the Marathon organisers to use DLWP to facilitate the marathon as well as hosting their charity concert in 2018.

Nursery School Groups
We host local nursery group visits though the Making It REAL project – a programme that helps practitioners to build parents’ knowledge and confidence so that they can help their children with reading and writing and create an early home learning environment.

Rother Voluntary Action, Bexhill 
We are in regular discussion with the RVA about creating opportunities for volunteers and creative workspaces in Bexhill.

St Richards Catholic CollegeThis local school holds its prize-giving at DLWP and we work with teachers through HRAEN and CPD events.

Sussex Recovery CollegeWe host courses that focus on creativity, mental health, well-being and recovery.

The Young Creatives
We work with local young people aged 14 – 22 years to develop their interests, knowledge and skills, while they shape and co-produce activity and events at the De La Warr Pavilion and the local area.

DLWP is a partner many local and regional partnerships including :

1066 Country Marketing
Bexhill Chamber of Commerce
Bexhill Creatives (DLWP, Hastings Furniture Service, Rother Voluntary Action, Optivo, Heart of Sidley)
Bexhill Town Team
The Coastal Culture Trail
The East Sussex College Group
England’s Creative Coast
Hastings Rother Arts Education Network (HRAEN)
The South East Local Enterprise Partnership
Team East Sussex

We are a hub for South East Creatives.  The South East Creative, Cultural and Digital Sector Programme to facilitate and support small to medium enterprises who are part of the SECCADS programme

DLWP helps to promote the summer seafront events run by the community in Bexhill and supports them  giving them our terrace and providing  technical support when we can. In 2019, these included The 60s Revolution, The Great Gatsby Fair, Bexhill Motofest, Bexhill Festival of the Sea.

In 2018/19 financial year, the De La Warr Pavilion’s Learning and Participation Team have:

• reached 1,137 primary and secondary school pupils through visits and outreach

• welcomed 799 primary pupils with organised school visits, with 73 teachers accompanying them.
• engaged 338 secondary school pupils
• worked with 2331 families across the year
• engaged with 172 early years children and 73 children
• engaged with 456 Higher & Further Education Students and 6 staff
• worked with 39 artist educators and 40 volunteers.
• hosted 10 work experience students, and 2 university work placements
• engaged with 157 people with a learning disability, 50 refugees and asylum seekers and 42 people with mental health challenges