De La Warr Pavilion

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.

Steve Farrer: New Work for Bexhill

  • 30 January — 13 March 2016 *on now

This exhibition, shown as an immersive installation, is a new commission by the artist and experimental film-maker Steve Farrer. Best known for his work related to the notions around expanded cinema - which offers an alternative perspective in filmmaking by reinterpreting the given conditions of the cinematic medium - Farrer’s work opens up questions around the spectator’s construction of time/space relations and activates the live context of watching.

Shot at the De La Warr Pavilion’s auditorium, the principle sequence is based on mesmerizing and dream-like scene, The Kingdom of the Shades, from the French choreographer Marius Petipa’s La Bayadère, first performed in 1877. The long and slow repeated-arabesque sequence involves the entire corps de ballet, dancing one by one, in formal articulation across the stage in perfect accumulated unison. The orientation grids of the sequence are revisited in Farrer’s work; the mast ranks of the corps replicated in the multiple exposure of a single performer’s gesture, repeated and looped through the camera and projector. The work interrogates an accepted cinematic experience, giving it a new perspective and engaging the speculation of the audience.


Tonico Lemos Auad

  • 30 January — 10 April 2016 *on now

The London-based Brazilian artist, Tonico Lemos Auad (b.1968), makes sculptures that act as tools for processing thoughts. Often responding specifically in relation to the site and its people, Auad inspects ideas around act of faith, mending and repairing, resistance and endeavour to overcome adversity.

In response to the De La Warr Pavilion’s proximity to the natural elements and the town’s history as a seaside resort and its relationship to mental health and well-being, the exhibition at the De La Warr Pavilion will focus on the activity of gardening and its psychological impact and therapeutic properties.


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).

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




Box Office

General Information


Box Office

01424 229 111

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