De La Warr Pavilion

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




Box Office

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Box Office

01424 229 111

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De La Warr Pavilion by Bridget Smith
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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.

I Cheer a Dead Man's Sweetheart: 21 painters in Britain

  • 15 March — 29 June 2014 *on now

A celebration and an exploration of painting in Britain today, presenting the recent work of 21 living artists whose practices span six decades. Iconic figures such as Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff are presented next to other established, mid-career and emerging artists such as Gary Wragg, Phoebe Unwin and Joella Wheatley revealing intriguing, surprising connections, contrasts and underlying preoccupations

Suitable for

  • Any age

Otto Dix

  • 17 May — 13 July 2014

A major and rare loan of 19 prints from the Department of Prints & Drawings at the British Museum as a stand-alone display.

Commemorating the centenary of WW1, which began with the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand on June 28 1914, the exhibition will present a selection from the series Der Krieg (The War) 1924.

Made ten years after the beginning of WW1, presumably because it was only then that Dix could return to the experiences that he went through in the trenches, the prints were ground-breaking: through the impact of the images that Dix conjured, and also in the unique combination of multiple print-making techniques that he employed.

When the Nazis came to power in Germany, they regarded Dix as a degenerate artist and had him sacked from his post as an art teacher at the Dresden Academy. He later moved to Lake Constance in the southwest of Germany. Dix's paintings The Trench and War cripples were exhibited in the state-sponsored Munich 1937 exhibition of degenerate art, Entartete Kunst. They were later burned.

Dix, like all other practicing artists, was forced to join the Nazi government's Reich Chamber of Fine Arts (Reichskammer der bildenden Kuenste), a subdivision of Goebbels' Cultural Ministry (Reichskulturkammer). Membership was mandatory for all artists in the Reich. Dix had to promise to paint only inoffensive landscapes. He still painted an occasional allegorical painting that criticized Nazi ideals.

The display will be supported by a programme of talks and workshops by museum curators and contemporary print-makers.


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Dear Serge Museums at Night 2014

  • 17 May 2014 12-11pm


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).