Up to 2020, the Pavilion initiated, with partners and funders, a number of successful projects designed to improve the well being of its participants. We are currently working to run more projects, relevant to post-pandemic needs.

Past projects include:



The De La Warr Pavilion, University College London (UCL)  and the charity Say Aphasia collaborated with artist Nikki Hafter on a creative wellbeing research project –  The Art of Conversation With Aphasia.

Check out the website here.


Multiple studies have shown the arts can help people stay well, recover faster and manage long-term conditions. The ambition of “The Art of Conversation With Aphasia” is to improve the lives of people with aphasia by piloting co-production, and developing and sharing knowledge across the arts  and health sectors.

“The Art of Conversation With Aphasia” will move UCL’s existing Better Conversations with Aphasia training program beyond the constraint of the traditional sickness/cure model of stroke healthcare. The project aims to embed culture and creativity into people’s everyday lives, enhance wellbeing, reduce loneliness, increase confidence and support and champion enjoyable conversations.

Six online sessions with a small group of people with aphasia and their conversation partners will continue until late January 2021

Supported with Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) funds, from UCL’s Knowledge Exchange and Innovation Fund.

Read updates on our blog here

About Aphasia
Aphasia is a communication disorder that affects a person’s ability to understand speech, speak, read, write and use numbers. It can happen after a stroke or following a brain injury and approximately 900 people a year newly acquire aphasia in the Rother District. People with aphasia continue to live with profound communication difficulties for years; some may improve but there is no cure.


The Mercury Club (2015 – 2020) was a visual arts programme that worked with adults with learning disabilities and their carers from several supported living and day care centres in East Sussex.
The Mercury Club met once a month to visit DLWP’s galleries and studio to develop creative ideas, skills and friendships.



The Motherlode Project was a creative and peer support programme exploring the therapeutic benefits of photograPhy and creative writing conversation and listening for a group of mothers experiencing mental health challenges as a result of motherhood. Led by artist Xaverine MA Bates and funded by ACE, Mind, Magdelene & Lasher

For further details see their website here.


THE MUSICAL MATINEE CLUB (relaxed screenings)

This is no ordinary cinema! Hostess Suzy Harvey encouraged audience members to sing-a-long and interact with fun props and prompts that allow you to bring the action on screen to life in the auditorium! These relaxed screenings are specifically designed to welcome for people who may benefit from a more informal environment, including those living with dementia and/or disabilities and their carers.

See our past screenings here