As we draw to the close another lively year at the Pavilion, I wanted to thank everyone for their continued support.

Despite only being open for seven months, we have been able to offer amazing exhibitions by Holly Hendry, Alexi Marshall (in partnership with Flatland Projects), The Buddy Project (Hastings, Rother & Wealden) and Sharif Persaud from Turner-Prize nominated Project Art Works (an Autograph Touring exhibition). In the rooftop foyer we displayed murals by Lauren Godfrey and a new commission by Helen Cann – which can also be seen on our terrace bar.

We have sold over 50,000 tickets to 60 indoor and outside live gigs and hosted and produced over 30 community hires and family events including a laser light show, produced with Bexhill Chamber of Commerce for 3,000 people.

Like many others, we worked hard to provide a varied and meaningful online presence. Those events discussed and debated important issues of the day and supported the creative industries in the South East.

In May, we took part in First Site Colchester’s The Great Big Art Exhibition, where your work was displayed in our windows for six weeks. Working with partners East Sussex County Council, Heart Of Sidley, Bexhill Museum, East Sussex Music and artist Sam Ayre we ran six weeks of school holiday activities both in the building and the neighbourhood which provided food and fun for children whose families are in receipt of free school meals.

We have worked with England’s Creative Coast to present Holly Hendry’s outdoor sculpture and partnered with Sussex Modern, 1066 Country and Coastal Culture Trail to encourage visitors back to the region.

We could not have achieved any of this without the support of the UK Government, Arts Council England, Rother District Council, East Sussex County Council, Garfield Weston Foundation, Chalk Cliff Trust, our Members and Patrons, and our wider community of friends and supporters.

Thank you for coming back, and your patience and trust in us as we have had to do things differently due to the ongoing effects of the pandemic. As we head into Christmas we believe there are still many challenges ahead but are buoyed by your continued support and optimistic about the future for us all.

Wishing you a very peaceful holiday season.

Stewart Drew, Director & CEO.


Posted by dan on Friday 17 December 2021