De La Warr Pavilion

Marina Bexhill-on-Sea West Sussex TN40 1DP

Gleaming like a neatly docked ocean liner on a well-groomed stretch of seafront, Bexhill’s De La Warr Pavilion is one of the finest Modernist buildings on the English south coast. In the late 20th century it was fighting a losing battle with the elements, but it has since been restored in a manner that enhances its simple, confident lines.

The ninth Earl De La Warr commissioned the Pavilion in 1935 to enhance the cultural life of this low-key corner of Sussex and it has remained true to this purpose, hosting a varied programme of contemporary art exhibitions and live performances. Musicians who have appeared here include Michael Nyman, Femi Kuti and The Fall, while recent art shows have focused on the work of greats such as Andy Warhol and Antony Gormley. Among the quirkier ideas to play out in the gallery is artist Richard Wilson's fond tribute to The Italian Job – a 1960s-style coach, precariously balanced on the roof. The Pavilion is also an uplifting building to visit in its own right, with splendid views of the English Channel from its generous windows and breezy decks.

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