Introducing new head of exhibitions at DLWP

Rosie Cooper SUS-160816-165035001
Rosie Cooper SUS-160816-165035001

The De La Warr Pavilion has announced Rosie Cooper as its new head of exhibitions.

Most recently, Rosie Cooper was head of programmes at Liverpool Biennial.

In 2016, she led the team to present new commissions by 44 artists across 21 sites, working in response to the local context while ensuring international excellence.

She was also commissioning editor of The Two-Sided Lake (Liverpool University Press, 2016), the book that accompanied the exhibition.

For the 2014 edition, she curated the exhibition on James McNeil Whistler with Mai Abu ElDahab, and prior to that, she curated the public programme at Barbican Art Gallery.

Stewart Drew, DLWP director and CEO, said: “We are delighted to welcome Rosie to the DLWP team.

“From Bridget Riley to Cerith Wyn Evans, Richard Wilson to Richard Forster and Tonico Lemos Auad to Peter Blake, we aim to present exhibitions of excellence in our galleries that attract and engage with our audiences, both nationally and locally.

“Rosie’s creative programme, imaginative approach and hands-on experience in Liverpool, as well as her enthusiasm for the De La Warr Pavilion and her reputation in the sector, demonstrated to us that she is the right person to lead the exhibition programme into a new era.”

Rosie Cooper said: “Built in 1935 as the People’s Pavilion for arts and culture, the De La Warr Pavilion is an extraordinary building with a fascinating history.

“I am very excited to be working with the team to develop an ambitious programme that builds on the Pavilion’s founding ethos and its success to date.”

Rosie will take up her new position on September 19.

In addition to the projects already listed Rosie, with William Cobbing, curated a series of events, displays and publications on poet and organiser Bob Cobbing.

Other projects include More Soup and Tart, Barbican Theatre, London (2011), Tableau Vivant: A Wandering Retrospective, Prospect New Orleans (2010) and Savoy Café, London, (2009).

For more information on the De La Warr Pavilion, or to view ongoing and upcoming exhibitions and events, visit the website at For general enquiries, call 01424 229 100 or email

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