Paintworks at pavilion

dlwp paintworks
dlwp paintworks

Dive into your Easter eggs but get stuck into some art - open all weekend, including Monday, is Paintworks at the De La Warr Pavilion which is a chance for everybody to enjoy being creative.

As these photographs by Daniela Exley show it is an opportunity to get immersed in art while being surrounded and inspired by it, and there for young and old alike to be part of.

Curator David Rhodes said: “The idea for putting a painting studio in Gallery 2 during the current show (which is all about contemporary painting) was to bring our education activities, and the things that we do to open up our exhibitions for our visitors, and put them right in the middle of the building during the Easter period.

We thought carefully about how to evoke the atmosphere of a working painter’s studio and collected old furniture from Ebay and we’ve even installed the contents of an artist’s studio in the space.

I Cheer a Dead Man’s Sweetheart was curated to encourage people to think about contemporary painting in Britain today in all its forms and a key part of this is to get our visitors actually making their own works. Paint Works in Gallery 2 over Easter is a way of emphasing this to our visitors. It’s been incredibly popular with over 600 participants in the first week and we expect next week to be busier. This season is an ambitious programme and it reflects a shift in emphasis here to thinking more about how people experience what we do.

We’ve also put together an accompanying book for the show with this in mind. The book is the launch of a series of publications that reinforce this change in emphasis for our visitors. This doesn’t mean that our exhibitions will be less ambitious or challenging but that we will be working harder to help people understand contemporary art, which even for me is sometimes quite baffling.

The book is illustrated and includes short texts by all of the artists on their approaches to making paintings as well as an introduction by me which explains why the Pavilion is staging a show about painting and a piece by Dan Howard-Birt the co-curator.

The book has been supported by a patron of the Pavilion and all of the proceeds to go back into the exhibition programme.

All our exhibitions are free and if you visit, buying the book will mean that you are supporting us to carry on putting on ambitious exhibition programmes like this in Bexhill.”