The Russian-born British building visionary, Serge Chermayeff, had a remarkable life which went from riches to rags and back more than once.
Described as the most romantic of architects, one of his greatest creations remains the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, which he designed and realised with German Erich Mendelsohn in 1935.
And inspired by his sense of innovation and futuristic thinking, the venue which could have been Britain’s first major modernist construction will be hosting a series of events paying homage to Chermayeff.
Dear Serge will launch with a day of performances by Pink Floyd co-writer Ron Geesin, light and sound sculptor Ian Helliwell (including the chance to make your own avant-garde electronica loop), camera obscura muso-artist Ellen Southern and The Spirit of Gravity, a sonic arts collective offering drum machines, synthesisers, circuit toys and Gameboys.
The abiding theme is Synthesis, and the aim is to link the various chambers of the iconic seaside building through art. The full programme, which will be free to the public, will run for two years.
- Starts April 20 2013, 2pm-10pm. Visit Dear Serge for full details.