We have been part Bexhill since 1935. See how we work within our community today.

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 the public, our community. We provide free access to over 420,000 visitors per annum, and over 6000 participants engage in public programmes,  working with children and young people, families, vulnerable adults and people with disabilities.

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, but importantly supports many musicians, artists and promoters,  local businesses (bars, restaurants and B&Bs), employs many local people and regional initiatives such as 1066 Music City.

Here are some of the community partners 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 are 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.

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 through 2020.
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.

BLODS (Bexhill Light Operatic and Dramatic Society)
We are working with BLODS to present the amateur premiere Shrek  in August 2020

Diana Freedman School of Dance
We hosted 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.
We are engaging this group in England’s Creative Coast project through 2020.

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 includdx 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