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.

In The Realm of Others

  • 26 September — 29 November 2015 *on now

In the Realm of Others is a new collaboration between Project Art Works and De La Warr Pavilion intended to question perceptions about the process of making art. Over forty-five large and small-scale paintings, drawings and sculptures – produced by fourteen makers with profound intellectual impairment – are presented in a living, evolving installation that offers a rare glimpse into unknowable, creative states of being.

In the Realm of Others is a choreographed navigation through the hidden worlds of Paul Colley, Stanley Ellis, Albert Geere, Neville Jermyn, David Marriott, Louise Newham, Sharif Persaud, Michelle Roberts, Jonathan Rogers, Carl Sexton, Brian Simpkin, George Smith, Sam Smith and Darryl Spencer, revealed through a changing exhibition of recent works selected from the 4,000 held in Project Art Works’ collection. Periodically the makers are present, producing work in the gallery within a specially created studio environment together with the artist practitioners who support them.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Cy Twombly: Quattro Stagioni

  • 24 October 2015 — 10 January 2016 *on now

The monumental cycle of paintings, Quattro Stagioni [Four Seasons], represents the four seasons by one of the great American painters of the second half of the 20th century, Cy Twombly (1928 – 2011).

Twombly, based for most of his life in Rome, often drew inspirations from literature, history and beauty he found in European culture. He adopted the new freedom found in the development of process-based American painting and translated these classical European references into layers of visual responses which were sensual and emotional, with an emphasis on mark making and calligraphy.

One of the key subjects of Western art, the four seasons are symbols of the natural cycles of birth and death - a classical theme in poetry, music and painting. The cycle began with Autunno [Autumn], inspired by the wine harvest in Bassano in Teverina, Italy. Primavera [Spring] features a column of vibrant yellow light on red curves which relate to traditional Egyptian rowing boats from the Book of the Dead. The boat forms are repeated in Estate [Summer] together with the partially legible fragments from a poem by the Greek poet George Seferis (1900-71) referring to the transience of youth and the passage of time. In Inverno [Winter], the boats are depicted in an altered state in heavy black paint conveying a sense of winter’s harsh winds and bleak cold. Each at over three metres high, these four parts of Quattro Stagioni will be presented on four walls of the gallery.

Suitable for

  • Any age


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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