Tapestry Taster – Learning to weave with DLWP

Barbara Flint talks us through our Tapestry workshop

The workshop was a wonderful opportunity to experiment and discover a new craft technique.

The tutor, Philip Sanderson, from West Dean College, was an extremely knowledgeable and experienced tapestry weaver and a fantastic teacher. He included a very interesting introduction to the history and work of the West Dean Tapestry Studio and followed it by giving us a clear
step-by-step guide to a few of the basic techniques of tapestry weaving, from making simple blocks of colour to creating diagonals, dots or ‘beads’, stripes and other linear patterns.

The time flew by as we all concentrated on trying to produce professional looking samples in a calm and relaxing atmosphere, resulting in a small example to take home. The techniques of tapestry weaving are sophisticated and become ever more complex the more complicated the design, however this felt like a very comprehensive introduction and I for one, am inspired to make a loom and keep on weaving!



By Barbara Flint

Karl Wirsum, Ice Pick Nick Fisherman, 1979 (acrylic on wood, 22 inches high)

The banner on the wall of the Pavilion depicts a work Ice Pick Nick Fisherman from 1979 by artist Karl Wirsum (b.1939, USA), who collected toys and puppets. This work is inspired by his collection. They are small hand-made wooden puppets, with wooden handles for the puppeteer to hold. They depict fisherman, who used ice-picks to fish. The puppets are part of our How Chicago! Imagists 1960s & 70s exhibition, which features works by 14 artists whose distinctive and lively visual style would go on to influence some of the most important artists of the 20th century. Many of the works were inspired by the artists’ love of everyday items such as comic books, amusement arcades and advertising, with no hidden meaning.

We appreciate that the post on Facebook did not give background to this work, and we are sorry for any offence caused. We have spoken to some trusted community partners and have made the decision to keep the banner up. People who walk past the Pavilion will know that we regularly change our banners according to the season.

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Last chance to see Tai Shani’s Turner Prize-shortlisted work at DLWP

The De La Warr Pavilion extend our biggest congratulations to Tai Shani for making the 2019 Turner Prize shortlist.

Shani’s artistic contribution to our spring exhibition, Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance, Act 2 and her continued support of our extended programme of events have been invaluable in the exhibition’s success. The Pavilion is thrilled to once again have the privilege of bringing Turner Prize-nominated work to our visitors.

From Turner Contemporary’s shortlist announcement:
For her participation in Glasgow International 2018, solo exhibition DC: Semiramis at The Tetley, Leeds and participation in Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance at Nottingham Contemporary and the De Le Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea. The jury noted the compelling nature of Shani’s ongoing project Dark Continent, particularly the work’s ability to combine historical texts with contemporary references and issues.

Developed over four years, it takes inspiration from a 15th-century feminist text, Christine de Pizan’s The Book of the City of Ladies. Shani uses theatrical installations, performances and films to create her own allegorical city of women populated by fantastical characters, transporting the viewer to another time and place.

Co-curator of Still I Rise, Cédric Fauq, on why Shani’s work was included in the exhibition: “Tai Shani’s work has that potency to shift the aesthetic vocabulary often attached to contemporary feminist practices. Not only her work appeals to the eyes, but it also has that haptic quality, it makes you want to touch. What I find particularly compelling is how this better leads you to focus on the stories she is telling. More than a realm, Tai’s body of work creates a whole cosmos. One where white patriarchy got swallowed by a black hole.”

DLWP visitors can see Shani’s works for free in our Ground floor gallery until May 27 when the exhibition closes. Her works are:

Showings, 2018
“These are models for a structured, tragic play about my family.
These are sites for myth making and the collapse of myth into prosaic materials both natural and synthetic.
These are her bodily remains.
These are cryptic; they are spell books, to be read literally but with profound belief.
These are maquettes for never closing, hedonistic nightclubs, where we can lose our minds.
These are a symbolic portrait of a time-travelling mystic. These are an aerial drone view of archaeological sites of unknown civilisations, from the very far past of the very far future.
These are dwellings for my cat Oedipuss.
These are a faery corpse.
These are a medieval vision of the soul as resembling a castle, formed of a single diamond or a very transparent crystal, and containing many rooms, just as in Heaven there are many mansions.
These are airports for extra-terrestrials my parent’s sibling said when they saw them.
These are portraits for ghosts to come into our world, they can be summoned here.”

Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance, Act 2, 2019, De La Warr Pavilion, Installation View. Image courtesy of Rob Harris.
Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance, Act 2, 2019, De La Warr Pavilion, Installation View. Image courtesy of Rob Harris.

Dark Continent (Phantasmagoregasm), 2018
Phantasmagoregasm is an 18th-century hermaphrodite writer of Gothic fiction. Many of the early Victorian prominent gothic writers were women that wrote under their own names, or under psychonyms, arguably establishing the horror genre. That character that appears in this exhibition is one of twelve from my Dark Continent project. They are interpretations of women that, at different points in history, had access to a public life and selfrealisation under supernatural and mystical terms.”

Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance, Act 2, 2019, De La Warr Pavilion, Installation View. Image courtesy of Rob Harris.

Plan your visit to the DLWP on our website.

Read about the other 2019 Turner Prize nominees here.


Ladybird by Design in London

Illustration from Numbers © Ladybird Books Ltd, 1959

10 July – 27 September 2015

We are delighted to announce that  Ladybird by Design will open at House of Illustration in King’s Cross, London.

This exhibition, of over 120 original illustrations from Ladybird books was seen in its extended version at the De La Warr Pavilion earlier this year and  proved to be our  most popular exhibition to date.

The exhibition celebrates 100 years since the Ladybird logo was first registered in 1915.

Inspired by the book by Lawrence Zeegen, published in March 2015, the exhibition features iconic images from Ladybird series including People At Work, Shopping With Mother, Science, Nature, Well Loved Tales and Key Words, as well as rare photographs and correspondence.

Specially commissioned illustrations, clever format and compelling design, combined with the quality of the writing, were key to the success of the Ladybird books.
Colin McKenzie, House of Illustration’s Director, said:

“It is difficult to think of a series of books that has had such a profound influence on successive generations of children as Ladybird Books. Ladybird recognised, probably more than any other children’s publisher, the unique power of illustration to capture the present and to conjure up the past in a way that children found irresistible, and this important exhibition celebrates not just these iconic images, but the illustrators who created them.”

Illustration from Shopping with Mother © Ladybird Books Ltd, 1958

Ladybird’s full-colour, full-page illustrations were commissioned from well-known illustrators such as Charles Tunnicliffe (What To Look For titles, series 536), Harry Wingfield (Shopping with Mother, series 563, and Key Words, series 641), Martin Aitchison (Key Words titles), Eric Winter and Robert Lumley (Well-loved Tales, series 606d), John Berry (People at Work, series 606b) and Robert Ayton (Great Inventions and The Story of Oil, series 601).

Selection was rigorous, with only the best commercial illustrators commissioned. Early Ladybird books had 24 illustrations and each book had 56 pages, created out of one sheet of paper which was then folded and cut to size. This was originally an ingenious response to paper rationing , and enabled the books to be sold very cheaply.

Unparalleled in their attention to detail and unique sense of place, the books demonstrate the power of illustration to open up the world to children and their parents, grandparents and teachers alike. They present a compelling piece of visual history, conjuring up life in Britain in more innocent times.

Illustration from Tricks and Magic © Ladybird Books Ltd, 1969

Ladybird by Design is a touring exhibition from De La Warr Pavilion, co-curated by Lawrence Zeegen and DLWP Head of Exhibitions Jane Won.

House Of Illustration

For all Ladybird by Design exhibition information, images and interview requests please contact: 

Charlotte Sidwell or Danielle DeMartini

at Brunswick Arts

on 020 7404 5959 houseofillustration@brunswickgroup.com


For more information on Ladybird by Design please contact Jen Cooper, freelance PR for Penguin Random House Children’s Books on jencoopercomms@gmail.com or 07771728149

Listings information

  • Ladybird By Design 10 July – 27 September 2015
  • House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, London N1C 4BH.
  • Open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-6pm. Closed Mondays.
  • Admission: £7/£5/£4.
  • Information: 020 3696 2020 – houseofillustration.org.uk – @illustrationHQ

Image credits, top to bottom:

  • Illustration from Numbers © Ladybird Books Ltd, 1959
  • Illustration from Shopping with Mother © Ladybird Books Ltd, 1958
  • Illustration from Tricks and Magic © Ladybird Books Ltd, 1969

Reproduced by permission of Ladybird Books Ltd.

DLWP announces John Stezaker: Film Works – new exhibition for May 2015

John Stezekar: Crowd, 2013
Crowd, 2013, Courtesy the artist and The Approach, London

The De La Warr Pavilion is pleased to announce Film Works by John Stezaker, presenting three films – Horse (2012), Crowd (2013) and Cathedral (2013) – for the first time in a UK public institution.

The films are made up of a vast amount of the artist’s personal collection of film stills (Crowd), postcards (Cathedral) and racehorse catalogues (Horse), re-photographed and projected in a random sequence at 24 images per second without sound.

These ‘still’ films are anything but still. In standard analogue cinema projection, the illusion of spatial continuity and impression of motion is created by the frame rate of 24 per second with an incremental difference between frames. No such relation exists between the frames of these films as individual frame differs, which leaves the viewer blind to any comprehensive narrative. As human eyes and brain can process up to 10-12 separate images per second, the fast paced disparate images in these films create a spectacle of discontinuity. Gradually, however, after yielding to the immersive experience, the intensity begins to settle into a dream-like space of estranged after-images; each viewing and repeat viewing rewards a different experience. The experience of the isolated images in the films and those of the collages and image fragments that Stezaker is known for are a lot closer than one would expect. Speed and stillness seem in this respect to be different ways of withdrawing the film images from its narrative legibility and temporality.

Photographed identically in conformity with fixed image specifications, the image source for Horse is an annual publication advertising racehorses for stud. Looped in the order of their appearance from the first publication in 1984 through to when the ‘Stallion Annual’ changed format in 2001, the film represents an accelerated genetic history of the racehorse.

Horse and Cathedral are concerned with creating singular images within multiplicity – in reverse to Muybridge’s galloping horse which create stillness and singularity within flux and multiplicity, it is a shuddering Parkinsonian proximity to stillness which is achieved. Selected predominantly views down the central isles of churches and cathedrals, Cathedral is an attempt to explore the cinematic effect of a less stable central object of attention than Horse by embracing a bigger range of pictorial variation.

Crowd is built with a collection of film stills of crowd scenes. It is a crowd of crowds, a space of multiplicity so overwhelming that it becomes a space of disappearance. George Didi-Huberman describes the ‘extra’ as a threshold figure whose appearance functions as a kind of disappearance; the crowd of extras represents a semi visible background against which the star appears. Crowd explores this threshold between appearance and disappearance.

For further information and images please contact Sally Ann Lycett, Director of External Relations, on sally.ann.lycett@dlwp.com and +44 (0)1424 229137.


Notes To Editors

John Stezaker: Film Works, 2 May – 19 July 2015, De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill on Sea East Sussex TN40 1DP. Open everyday 10am – 6pm. Free admission. For further information call 01424 229111 or visit www.dlwp.com

John Stezaker was born in 1949 in England. He studied at the Slade School of Art 1967–1973. Stezaker has been centrally influential in a number of developments in art over the last four decades; from Conceptual Art, New Image Art through to a more recent interest in collage amongst the younger generation of British artists.  Showing first as a part of the British Conceptual Art group in The New Art, 1972 (the first Hayward Annual), Stezaker’s interest in the concept soon gave way to a long-term fascination with the image, finding new aesthetic allegiances with the image through working with found photographs and printed matter. This fascination is translated into alterations, deletions, visual concordances and juxtapositions of disparate sources, intuitively creating new images, relationships, characters and meanings. Solo exhibitions in recent years have included the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Israel (2013), The Whitechapel Gallery, London (2011) then touring to MUDAM, Luxembourg and Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, USA (2012), Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany (2010), A Palazzo Gallery, Brescia, Italy (2008), GAK Bremen, Germany (2008). He won Deutsche Börse photography award in 2012. www.theapproach.co.uk/artists/stezaker/

Crowd (2013) is short-listed for the International Competition at Kino der Kunst 2015, Munich. www.kinoderkunst.de/web/en/john-stezaker-crowd/___eventId/84/event-detail.html


The De La Warr Pavilion is Grade One Listed modernist icon for the contemporary arts, situated on the seafront in Bexhill on Sea. Opened in 1935, it remains true to its original principals as a pioneering place where people matter and a catalyst for the cultural regeneration of the region. The Pavilion celebrates its 80th anniversary2015-2016 and is a registered charity supported by Arts Council England, Rother District Council as well as other trusts, foundations and individual donations. www.dlwp.com


ANIMAL BODY MACHINE – My head is a desktop

The great thing about the Leckey exhibition is that it keeps throwing up ideas. I’d become interested in the Long Tail idea – 80% of internet users access the same 20% of content but the remaining 80% of content snakes its way through all out lives in various ways. For my last but one gallery intervention I’d asked people to wrote down  what they used phones, television, computers, the internet, books, paper, a pen and the letter A for and also how the felt about these things. I was hoping to find some kind of 80/20 revelation about the way in which we communicate and receive information. I didn’t. But I did get into some very interesting conversations about the exhibition with some of the visitors!

For my final afternoon of gallery interventions I knew that I wanted to do something that would somehow pull all four sessions together and enable me to write something, so I decided to ask visitors to take part in a word association. I started off with the words Leckey uses to categorise the exhibits ANIMAL BODY MACHINE and then, a bit like Chinese Whispers, the next visitor would write a word association to the word the previous person left. No-one saw the whole list and pretty soon it became impossible to tell which category was which. What I was after was trying to recreate the way in which Leckey’s online searches led from object to object by using people’s associative responses instead of the internet.

So this is what it looked like



and this is what I wrote, italicised words are taken straight from the lists:

ANIMAL BODY MACHINE – My head is a desktop

It rained that day.

White pavilion domes on grey skies.

Hunched people, scarves lying parallel to the plain of the horizon in the rain shiny wind.


Inside is quiet.


Except for…

The sound of the dumb things,

The placing of feet,

The murmur of voices.

Sometimes a solo shriek then sshhhh………

A machine’s heartbeat



Click to click to click, click, click.

Pursued, followed, found.

One thing led to another thing.

Snaking round, gathering in

to here.


“I don’t understand it to be honest”

“I think it’s wonderful”


ANIMAL          BODY               MACHINE


Desktop folders. My head is a desktop, sort of. So must yours be. Follow the links and Animal goes to Outfit, Body goes to Wealth and Machine goes to People.

Imagine that!



You, me, them, they

Dumb wonder


The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things


Conform: strict, careful placing


Treasure chocolate angels fake high-life stripes


Treacle parachute flags yellow beach


Car gears ROAR



Tart gems

Tasty fruit nails



Dog meat corpse

Bodies mouth hate noise

Furry vision


ANIMAL          BODY          MACHINE

Lion              Mouth              Robot

Roar              Speech              Movement

Lion              Dumb              Ballet

Cat              Mindless       Strength

Furry              Choke              Wonder

Pipe              Careful              Amazing

Cleaner              Placing              Gears

Liquid              Table                      Machine

Fairy              Tangible              Fruit

Liquidity       Segment              Compote

Sea              Arc                     Vegetable

Beach              Rainbow              Carrot

Swimming       Colours              Jasper

Costume              Yellow                      Person

Outfit              Banana                      People

ANIMAL              BODY                     MACHINE

Giraffe              Clock                      Legs

Spot              Sand                          Nails

Conform              Beach                     Hate

Obey              Sea                     Love

Strict                Fish                     You

School              Chips                     Me

Children       Fish                     You

Sweets              Fear                     Them

Calories       Parachute              They

Dietary              Bungee                     Happen

Fat              Elastic              Find

Treacle              Plastic              Treasure

Tart              Fake                     Pirate

Cake              Gems                     Skull

Tasty              Wealth                     Floral

ANIMAL              BODY                     MACHINE

Dog              Fingers              Car

Meat              Chocolate              Trip

Bread              Mousse                     Vision

Bodies              Chocolate              Express

Corpse              Brownies              Paper

Life              Sister                     Tiger

Death              Family                     Stripes

Angels              Children              Flags

High              Noise                     Travel

Life              Sound                     Car

Death              Vision                     Exhaust

Time              Inspire              Fumes

Short              Help                      Cars



And on a sweeter note:


You inspire


Copyright Christine Harmar-Brown October 2013

With thanks to the De La Warr Pavilion gallery visitors to the Mark Leckey exhibition The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things on Saturday October 19 2013


Coastal Culture Trail, East Sussex

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The De La Warr Pavilion, Jerwood Gallery, and Towner – three of the most exciting visual arts galleries in the UK – have joined forces to create a cultural trail which promises a fabulous weekend of great art, great food and the great outdoors. The three award-winning galleries share a stunning 20 mile stretch of East Sussex coastline, which – less than 90 minutes from London – is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway.

The Coastal Culture Trail will be launched on the weekend of 7-9 June 2013, during which there will be a variety of special events taking place across the three galleries. Below is a suggested itinerary; however, visitors are encouraged to create their own itineraries from the ‘What’s On?’ section.

Friday 7 June

Spend the evening at the Jerwood Gallery, Hastings for a night of art and gourmet food. Exclusive after-hours access to the galleries will allow visitors to browse the permanent collection of 20th and 21st century British art as well as our temporary exhibition of figurative works by the acclaimed 20th century British artist William Scott RA (1913-1989), before enjoying a gourmet five course meal in the first floor café, overlooking Hastings’ fishing beach. The supper will be freshly prepared by Webbe’s chefs from fish caught locally by Hastings’ famous beach launched fleet.


Saturday 8 June

Enjoy wandering the historic streets of Hastings’ picturesque Old Town. There are a number of excellent quirky boutiques and cafés and the antique shops are a great place to pick up a bargain. Test your skills on one of the crazy golf courses on the seafront or take Hastings funicular railway to the East Hill and enjoy the views over the town and sea.

From Hastings you can take a 10 minute train journey to Bexhill. Alternatively, rent a bike and enjoy the coastal cycle route, which runs from Hastings to Bexhill.

Join a tour around the Grade One listed Modernist De La Warr Pavilion built in 1935 and restored in 2005. After a bite to eat in the De La Warr Pavilion’s café, perhaps sitting on the balconies overlooking the sea, explore the exhibition of work by Australian artist Shaun Gladwell including a skate ramp on the roof! Turn your hand to creating your own fanzine in De La Warr’s fanzine workshop, take a walk on Bexhill’s new contemporary sea-front or browse the independent shops for vintage bargains and gifts. In the evening you can enjoy a night of comedy at the Pavilion with comedian Henning Wehn.


Sunday 9 June

Take the short train journey to Eastbourne (15 minutes from Bexhill or 25 minutes from Hastings;) and experience Towner’s mix of traditional and cutting edge contemporary art. Don’t miss the major exhibition of Fiona Rae, one of the leading painters of the YBA generation. Then head to the Collection Gallery for a display of People and Portraits drawn from Towner’s renowned collection of nearly 5,000 historic, modern and contemporary works – featuring artists such as Christopher Wood, Edward Bawden and David Bomberg. Take an exclusive peek behind the scenes with a Towner Collection Store Tour – offered free for the first time, only to participants on the Coastal Culture Trail.

Towner sits at the foot of the South Downs National Park so, after taking in the striking views of the Downs from Towner’s café bar, why not round off the weekend with a walk in some of the South’s most beautiful countryside? From Eastbourne it is a short journey to Beachy Head, the Long Man of Wilmington and the Cuckmere Valley – areas of outstanding natural beauty which have inspired many of Britain’s most celebrated artists!


… Alternatively, you could do the trail in reverse from Eastbourne to Hastings via Bexhill – the choice of how to explore the world class art along this beautiful stretch of Sussex coastline is yours!

What’s On?

Sean Gladwell Cycles of Radical Will 2 Feb 2013- 23 Jun 2013 10am – 6pm, free De La Warr Pavilion This is the Australian artist’s largest solo show in the UK to date and features films and sculptures which look at the creative conflict between cultural practices, traditions and sub-cultures.  For this show, he has looked at the region’s subcultures of motorcyclists, Jack-In-The- Green and BMX-ers and his work includes a motorcycle embedded into a wall and a BMS/skate ramp on the roof.
People and Portraits 23 March – 6 October Towner A Towner Collection display featuring Christopher Wood, Edward Bawden, David Bomberg, Ugo Rondinone and many more. Paintings, photography and sculpture tease out a thread of connections between artists, subjects, and those who commissioned the portrait or donated it to the collection.
William Scott:
Divided Figure
27 April – 10 July Jerwood Gallery Divided Figure celebrates the centenary of the birth of William Scott (1913-1989) one of the leading and most influential British artists of the 20th century. The exhibition focuses on Scott’s figure works made between 1954-1973 when he was at the height of his career and investigates Scott’s exploration of the divide between abstraction and figuration.
Fiona Rae: Maybe you can live on the moon in the next century 27 April -23 June Towner Post-2000 and new works from one of the leading painters of the YBA generation, recently described by the Guardian as “a Jackson Pollock for the digital age”. Rae draws her influences from a range of sources including graphic novels, Japanese anime and the painterly splashes and drips of Abstract Expressionism.
Annual Schools and Colleges Exhibition 2013 11 May – 9 June Towner Over 1,000 children and young people have been inspired by People and Portraits to create their own original portraits. Step into our portrait booth, discover the stories behind the golden frames and become the star of your own Towner Collection painting!
The Chapman Brothers 17 May – 10 July Jerwood Gallery Turner Prize nominated artists the Chapman Brothers explore the weird and wonderful in an exhibition of their drawings.
‘Hastings Catch’ Gourmet Dinner Friday 7 June 6.30pm for 7.30 pm dinner, £40  per head (includes aperitif, five course dinner and gallery admission) Jerwood Gallery Special after-hours access to the galleries will allow you to browse the collection of 20th and 21st century British art and the exhibition of work by acclaimed 20th century British artist William Scott (1913-1989), before enjoying a five course gourmet meal in the first floor café, overlooking Hastings fishing beach.The supper will be prepared by Webbe’s chefs from fish caught locally by Hastings’ famous beach launched fleet.
Collection Store Tours Saturday 8 June & Sunday 9 June 11.30am – FREE if you quote Coastal Culture Trail when booking by phone (usually £5/£4 concession) Towner Towner is home to an internationally renowned collection of almost 5,000 historic, modern and contemporary works. This is a unique opportunity to view the Towner Collection behind the scenes, and learn about how an art collection is stored and conserved.
Building Tour Saturday 8 June 12 noon, free De la Warr Pavilion Enjoy a tour of the De La Warr Pavilion and learn the stories behind the creation and restoration of this much loved and internationally important building
Fanzine Workshop with Tristan Manco Saturday 8 June 1-4pm, free De la Warr Pavilion Celebrate your own culture, passions and obsessions through art and design through this fanzine workshop. With an emphasis on DIY culture, you will explore handmade techniques to produce your own custom fanzine – such as, hand-lettering, hand drawing, stenciling, photocopying, cut-out letters, letterpress, stickers, stencils and magazine collage.
Expert’s talk: Sarah Brown on Fiona Rae Saturday 8 June 2pm, £5/£4 concession Towner An introduction to Fiona Rae’s work by the Curator of Exhibitions at Leeds Art Gallery. Sarah will illuminate Fiona’s practice within the context of contemporary painting and the broader history of painting.
Free Family Drop-in Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 June, free Towner Art materials and family learning booklets are available every weekend and daily during school holidays. Families are invited to get creative and make some art of their own, inspired by the exhibitions on show!
Every Picture Tells a Story Film Screening Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 June, 11.30am & 2.30pm, free on admission Jerwood Gallery A touching and personal biography of the life of William Scott told by his son, Academy Award-winning filmmaker, James Scott.
Children’s Trail Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 June, free on admission Jerwood Gallery Our children’s trail uses drawing and problem solving to help children take a closer look at the works in our exhibition and collection.
Sussex Talks Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 June, 2pm, free on admission Jerwood Gallery Find out more about the Jerwood Collection in our series of talks and tours. The weekend of the 8/9 of June will have a special focus on works in the Jerwood Collection inspired by Sussex.
Henning Wehn Saturday 8 June 8pm, tickets £11.50 – £12.50 De la Warr Pavilion (auditorium) This very funny German comedian performs for the first time in Bexhill. Recent TV and radio appearances include QI (BBC2), Dave’s One Night Stand (Dave), The Unbelievable Truth and The Now Show (BBC Radio 4), Fighting Talk (BBC Five Live) and his own six part BBC Radio2 series Henning Knows Best.  ‘Side-splittingly funny’ (The Times)
Architectural Tour Sunday 9 June 2pm (TBC), free on admission Jerwood Gallery Find out more about the award-winning architecture of the Jerwood Gallery, designed by HAT Projects in this special free building tour.

Where to Eat


De La Warr Pavilion Café Bar http://www.dlwp.com/eat-and-drink/
Trattoria Italiana http://www.trattoriaitaliana.co.uk/


Towner Café Bar is offering ‘buy one get one free’ on coffee, tea or any hot drink purchased over the weekend – enjoy on our balcony with views over the Downs! http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/about-us/visitor-information/cafe-bar/

Visit Grand Bocca, Eastbourne’s newest and hottest foodie destination, for dinner on Friday or Saturday evening – they are offering a free glass of their finest house fizz per person for every party to quote ‘Coastal Culture Trail’ when booking (available from 7-8 June 2013 inclusive, subject to availability – see Towner website for terms & conditions) http://grandbocca.com/


Webbe’s at Jerwood – Jerwood Gallery’s café serves a range dishes, perfect for lunch or afternoon tea. The café’s supper clubs offer gourmet evening meals in the setting of the gallery, using the best local produce. http://www.jerwoodgallery.org/cafe

Webbe’s Rock-a-Nore – Just across the road to the Jerwood Gallery, this restaurant specialises in excellent and locally caught seafood. http://www.webbesrestaurants.co.uk/webbes-rock-a-nore/

There are a number of other great cafés and restaurants in Hastings Old Town, offering a wide variety of food, from fish and chips to fine dining.

Where to Stay


Buenoes Aires B&B http://www.buenosairesguesthouse.com/

Coast B&B – http://www.coastbexhill.co.uk/

Other lovely B&Bs can be found at http://www.dlwp.com/visit-us/staying-locally/


The Devonshire Park Hotel is kindly offering 20% off accommodation if you quote ‘Coastal Culture Trail’ when booking (see Towner website for terms & conditions) – http://www.devonshire-park-hotel.co.uk/

The Big Sleep – http://www.thebigsleephotel.com/home.asp?hotelid=4

Cavendish Hotel – http://www.cavendishhotel.co.uk/

The Da Vinci Art Hotel – http://www.davinci.uk.com/

The Grand – http://www.grandeastbourne.com/


Hastings House – http://www.hastingshouse.co.uk/ (5% discount on Friday night stays and 10% discount on two night stay when quoting Coastal Culture Trail on booking. Please note that Hastings House do not take one night bookings for Saturday nights.)

The Old Rectory http://www.theoldrectoryweddingvenue.co.uk/

Swan House – http://swanhousehastings.co.uk/ (10% discount when quoting Coastal Culture Trail on booking.)

The White Rock Hotel http://www.thewhiterockhotel.com/ (10% discount when quoting Coastal Culture Trail on booking)

Zanzibar – http://www.zanzibarhotel.co.uk/

Further information




Notes to Editors:

De La Warr

The Grade One Listed, Modernist De La Warr Pavilion is a centre for the contemporary arts which stands proudly overlooking Bexhill’s new seafront. Built in 1935 and restored in 2005, it has exhibitions in two galleries, top music and comedy acts and film programme in the auditorium , a café and bar with outside balconies and magnificent sea views, a large flat roof open-air space for exhibitions and events, and a shop selling designer accessories and gifts. Artists who have exhibited include Jeremy Deller, Antony Gormley, Richard Wilson and Andy Warhol and recent headline acts include Eddie Izzard, Keane, Patti Smith and Vampire Weekend . The Pavilion and its exhibitions are open 364 days a year, free to enter and accessible to all, with a busy learning programme for all ages to participate in. The Pavilion receives generous support from Arts Council England and Rother District Council.

Jerwood Gallery

The award winning Jerwood Gallery opened in March 2012. Designed by the young architectural practice HAT Projects, the Gallery houses the Jerwood Collection of 20th and 21st century art, along with a changing contemporary exhibitions programme. Previous exhibitions have included: a significant retrospective of painting and drawings by Rose Wylie: Big Boys Sit in the Front; Gary Hume: Flashback; Gillian Ayres: Paintings from the 50s; the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2012; and Knock Knock: Seven Artists in Hastings.

The Jerwood Collection features over 200 works of art by celebrated artists from the 20th century such as Sir Stanley Spencer RA, Lawrence Stephen Lowry RA, and Augustus John RA, alongside works from winners of the Jerwood Painting Prize such as Craigie Aitchison, RA, Maggi Hambling, Patrick Caulfield, RA and Prunella Clough.

The gallery is open Tuesday-Friday and bank holiday Mondays from 11 am – 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11 am – 6 pm. Admission is £7 for adults, children (5-16 years) £3.50, Concessions: £5.


Towner, Eastbourne’s award-winning new gallery which opened in April 2009, is the contemporary art museum for South East England. With 1,250 m2 of display space, Towner boasts the largest gallery space in the South East region. Towner presents a unique programme of major exhibitions of contemporary and historic visual art alongside displays from the internationally renowned, 4000-strong Towner Collection.

The Towner Collection is best known for its modern British art – including the largest and most significant body of work by Eric Ravilious (1903-1942) – and a growing collection of international contemporary art.

Admission to Towner is free. There is also a gift shop and café bar, with stunning views over the South Downs. Summer opening hours are Tuesday – Sunday, and Bank Holiday Mondays, 10am – 6pm.

Towner is funded by Eastbourne Borough Council and Arts Council England