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De La Warr Pavilion reopens to the public

The revamped De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea will finally welcome the public back through its doors on Saturday (15 October).

Eric Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff's 1930s masterpiece was originally scheduled to reopen last month, following an 18-month refurbishment masterminded by John McAslan + Partners.

Thanks to the £8 million renovation programme, the Grade I-listed Modernist favourite now boasts a new studio space, galleries, a shop and terraces, as well as a fully restored 1,000-seat auditorium.

Funded by the Arts Council, English Heritage and a number of charities, the project has transformed the pavilion into one of the largest contemporary art galleries in south-east England.

During the opening weekend, visitors will be able to take a first look at a range of new exhibitions and the event will be marked by a specially commissioned choral piece called Sea Tongue.

The day will be topped off with a massive firework display.

by Richard Waite

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