De La Warr Pavilion
One of Bexhill's prize attractions, the De La Warr Pavilion is an art gallery and venue renowned for excellence. Situated along the seafront, it is an iconic structure of Modernist architecture.
Now a Grade One listed building, the De La Warr Pavilion was built in 1935. It was designed by architects Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff - and named after the Earl De La Warr (who was a socialist Mayor of Bexhill). During the Second World War the building was used by the military, before undergoing a lengthy period of neglect and insensitive alteration.
Since its 2005 refurbishment and redevelopment as a contemporary centre of arts, it has gone from strength to strength. It has hosted artists such as Fiona Banner, Richard Grayson and Tony Bevan. It has implemented installations by Antony Gormley, and it has brought Andy Warhol to the south coast of England.
Besides the visual arts, the De La Warr Pavilion has gained an enhanced reputation as a venue for live music, stand up comedy and talks. Amongst its performers are Wilko Johnson, Bill Bailey and John Cooper Clarke - and it continues to curate a cutting edge programme of live events.
A committed learning programme ensures a community-active organisation. These range from schools & young people to adult learning programmes and family activities.
No wonder the De La Warr Pavilion attracts over 300,000 visitors annually.
(Featured image: Buoys Boys by Fiona Banner, commissioned by ROOT 1066).