De La Warr Pavilion

De La Warr Pavilion
Bexhill on Sea
East Sussex
TN40 1DP




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01424 229 111

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De La Warr Pavilion
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The De La Warr Pavilion is a Modernist icon for contemporary arts on the sea front in Bexhil on Sea. It is pioneering in its programme and extraordinary in its approach, attracting leading contemporary artists and thousands of visitors every year. It has two gallery spaces, an auditorium, cafe bar, shop, sea-facing balconies and an outdoor terrace with an award-winning bandstand.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Heritage site, Architecture centre

Opening hours

Open every day
10:00 - 17:00 weekdays
10:00 - 18:00 weekends

Closed: Christmas Day

Admission charges


Additional info

Cafe bar open every day for light lunches, snacks, homemade cakes and drinks.
Selection of spaces available to hire for weddings parties and special occasions
Shop selling books, prints, cards, limited editions, ouvenirs and design-led accessories for the home

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Magnum Photos: One Archive, Three Views

  • 4 October 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now

For the first time in its history, the iconic photography agency Magnum has opened its London office's resin print archive to three contemporary practitioners.

Guided by the former Magnum Photos archivist Nick Galvin, historian and anthropologist Elizabeth Edwards, photographer Hannah Starkey and artist Uriel Orlow were invited to reinterpret how social, cultural and political inclinations have shaped the content of the archive.


Zehra Arslan: Proposal for Are you coming in or going out?

  • 4 December 2014 — 25 January 2015 *on now

Zehra Arslan’s (b.1985 in Hamburg, works in London) often monumental in scale, yet subtle and fragile, sculptural interventions shift and question our understanding of space. Displayed here are a body of studies for Are you coming in or going out?, a new installation proposed for the Pavilion’s roof.

The proposed sculpture starts its movement from the rooftop, drops down the east stairs and climbs back to the rooftop over the south side balcony. It’s a study of space and entry/exit points turned into a physical gesture. The movement of the piece recreates the architectural features of the Pavilion’s west and south sides, becoming an abstract mirror image of itself.

Reflecting the various stages of the creative process, the display includes sketches and writing from its early stages, construction plans with mechanical details, a model of the cross-section of the building which physically expands into the space and becomes an intervention itself, and a painting made as a direct response to the project.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


The Nakeds

  • 13 December 2014 — 8 February 2015 *on now

The Nakeds is a group exhibition that looks at drawings of the body exposed. The practice of drawing a naked body, either from the self, life model, reproduction or imagination, has provided the artist with the freedom to explore the inner self.

The drawings in this exhibition are not necessarily physically realistic yet the sense of mental and psychological anguish that they evoke is real enough. Some of the bodily distortions are at odds with the images of perfect bodies that abound in our physical and online environment.


Ladybird By Design

  • 24 January — 3 May 2015

For one hundred years, Ladybird books have delighted children, their parents, grandparents and teachers alike, taking readers on a journey of discovery and enlightenment.

Affordable and accessible, Ladybird books hold a significant and affectionate place in the collective psyche of the nation, conjuring up, through written word and illustration, life in Britain in more innocent times.

The De La Warr Pavilion will display over 200 original illustrations that cover a selection of Ladybird books from the late 1950s to early 1970s. Focusing on those books which reflected the world in which the reader lived, the exhibition will feature selections from the People At Work series, Shopping With Mother, the Science and Nature series as well as the Well Loved Tales and Key Words series.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


J.D ‘Okhai Ojeikere: Hairstyles and Headdresses

  • 14 February — 19 April 2015

Hayward Touring is proud to present the first UK touring exhibition of J.D ‘Okhai Ojeikere, widely regarded as one of the most important photographers to emerge from Africa in the last sixty years.

Born in Nigeria, Ojeikere took up photography in the 1950s, starting a relationship with an artistic form of expression that defined his life’s work. He ran a commercial studio and was involved in the emerging Nigerian Arts Council, but it was his Hairstyles series – a personal project began in 1968 – that brought international acclaim.

The Hairstyles project, which laterally grew to incorporate headdresses, spanned more than forty years and included over 1000 images, but was finally drawn to a close by the artists’ death early in 2013. J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere’s lasting legacy is this unique typological survey, which provides an enduringly beautiful and powerful insight into Nigerian culture.


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

De La Warr Pavilion Resource Pack

Our innovative DLWP Resource Pack is designed to open up the building and its architecture as a resource for teaching and learning, and is suitable for primary and secondary schools and youth groups.

How to obtain

Packs are free to schools and youth organisations. Pick one up when you visit or call Natalie on 01424 229103 to have a pack sent to you (postage & packing will be charged).