Art Events


De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea

Saturday February 24-Sunday January 6


1935 brings together a series of events that took place in and around the vicinity of the De La Warr Pavilion, the year the building opened to the public. The De La Warr Pavilion is an architectural manifestation of a progressive social movement invested in providing the best art and culture for all. It was commissioned by the 9th Earl De La Warr, then Mayor of Bexhill, and designed by Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff. This exhibition takes that year as a starting point, using local events to indicate the varied social and political landscape of the time. Picture: Arthur Spray, the mysterious cobbler of Bexhill, curing Alice of her headache, 1935. Photographer unknown. 

Phone 01424 229111 or visit

Queer Looks

Fashion & Style Gallery, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, 12A Pavilion Parade, Brighton

Saturday June 30 until August 25 2019

Free with Brighton Museum admission/members and residents free

This display of outfits and oral histories from LGBTQ individuals from Sussex, from the 1950s to the present day, looks at how individuals construct identities, both personal and collective, through dress. Local LGBTQ communities have informed the content of this display, including the comedian Zoe Lyons, journalist Sophie Cook and trans campaigner Fox Fisher. Picture: Tessa Hallmann.

Phone 0300 029 0900 or visit

A Leaf on a Sea Breeze: A Touring Exhibition from Leasingstede Museum


Worthing Museum & Art Gallery, Chapel Road, Worthing

Saturday July 7-Saturday November 24, Tuesdays-Saturdays 10am-5pm

A touring exhibition of curiosities from Leasingstede Museum, an eccentric West Country folk museum, comes to Worthing. As well as artefacts and stories relating to Worthing and the surrounding countryside including the strange fossils found beside Worthing pier and the unusual tale of the town’s affable smuggler Norman “Figgy” Nottrowe, the curators will be bringing apparently prehistoric, Roman and Saxon finds, and unfamiliar rural tools such as a daub wattler, a nettle prod and a leaf rustler. Jane Williams, the creator of Leasingstede Museum, says, “Rare and valuable museum exhibits often don’t look particularly exciting – chunks of old pots, bits of metal, dusty lumps of wood and stone. But at Leasingstede, the curators make a virtue out of their collection’s lack of historical truth and enjoy their freedom to acquire whatever they feel like displaying.”  

Phone 01903 221448 or visit


Skeletal: The Scaffold of Life

Booth Museum, 194 Dyke Road, Brighton

Friday September 7-Wednesday January 23


This display by photographer Tim France shows images of rare and unusual specimens from the museums’ extensive collection of skulls. Picture: Tim France.

Phone 0300 029 0900 or visit

Orlando at the Present Time

Charleston, Firle

Saturday September 8-Sunday January 6


Orlando at the Present Time, Charleston’s first major exhibition in its new galleries, explores the significance of Virginia Woolf’s novel Orlando: A Biography. The exhibition includes works by Paul Kindersley, Delaine Le Bas, Annie Leibovitz and Kaye Donachie, as well as historical paintings from Knole and rarely seen Bloomsbury treasures. Picture: Paul Kindersley, Oh! 2018 c. Paul Kindersley courtesy of the artist and Belmacz.
Phone 01323 811626 or visit

The Famous Women Dinner Service

Charleston, Firle

Saturday September 8-Sunday January 6

Charleston hosts the first museum display of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant’s Famous Women Dinner Service since it was created for art historian and broadcaster Kenneth Clark in 1932. The complete set of 50 plates, featuring portraits of famous women throughout history, survived wartime bombing and several moves of house by the Clark family. Picture: Famous Women Dinner Service, courtesy of Piano Nobile (Robert Travers Works of Art Limited).

Phone 01323 811626 or visit

Zanele Muholi: Faces and Phases

Charleston, Firle

Saturday September 8-Sunday January 6

Faces and Phases is an ongoing series of black-and-white photographic portraits by Zanele Muholi, commemorating and celebrating black lesbian and transgender experience. Picture: Zanele Muholi, Parktown, Johannesburg, 2016.

Phone 01323 811626 or visit

Karl Hagedorn: Rhythmical Expressions

Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester

Saturday September 15-Sunday February 3

The paintings of German immigrant Karl Hagedorn (1889-1969) are some of the earliest and boldest examples of post-impressionist work produced in Britain. Pallant House Gallery shines a light on this unjustly forgotten artist, who was heavily influenced by Picasso and Matisse, whom he met in Paris. This is the first exhibition of his work in nearly 25 years. Picture: Karl Hagedorn, Self-portrait with pipe.

Phone 01243 774557 or visit

Lucy Beech: Reproductive Exile

First Floor Gallery, De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea

Saturday September 15-Sunday December 2

Lucy Beech’s new film Reproductive Exile follows the fictional story of a woman embarking in cross-border assisted reproduction. The film is shot in the Czech Republic, where the lack of legislation associated with reproductive rights sustains a booming fertility industry. This degree of freedom attracts a diverse range of commissioning parents, driven to the country by a range of social, political and economic forces.

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A Tale of Mother’s Bones

De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea

Saturday October 6-Sunday January 20

Dr Grace Pailthorpe (surgeon/ psychoanalyst/artist, 1883-1971) and Reuben Mednikoff (artist, 1906-1972) began collaborating in 1935. They produced a huge body of work that included startlingly vivid and wildly experimental paintings and drawings, often paired with in-depth psychoanalytic interpretation, as well as autobiography, poetry and short stories. A Tale of Mother’s Bones is the first major presentation of Pailthorpe and Mednikoff’s art in 20 years. The exhibition tells the story of the couple’s lives through their works, showing how they excavated their earliest memories (including memories of birth, weaning and sibling rivalry) in order to understand their adult relationships, critical reception, political context and spiritual beliefs. Picture: Reuben Mednikoff, Stairway to Paradise, 1936.

Phone 01424 229111 or visit

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