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We are delighted to be working in partnership with Hastings Pier Charity, throughout the run of the exhibition The Way Things Are.

Artist Roy Voss’ sculpture in the De La Warr Pavilion’s ground floor gallery, is a delicate and precise skeletal structure that conjures the idea of a pier, drawn from the artist’s memories of existing and vanished piers. The Way Things Are is a co-commission between Berwick Visual Arts and Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool where it will tour in 2018.

At the turn of the last century, almost a hundred piers existed: now only half remain and several face an uncertain future. Original plans for the De La Warr Pavilion included a pier. The proposal for a two-level structure that led from a circular swimming pool out to the sea was too expensive to pursue, and was never realised.

This exhibition seemed like a great opportunity to work with Hastings Pier to share and grow our understanding, expertise and audiences. We will co-host a programme of talks, tours and workshops, across both sites. See our What’s On page for more details.

The De La Warr Pavilion is only five miles from Hastings Pier and you can cycle or walk the Coastal Culture Trail from one to the other.

Piers evoke many memories in people and we urge you to share them with us on Instagram using the hashtag #MyPier.

Posted by Tara Neville on Monday 25 September 2017