We are delighted to announce that the artist Antony Gormley has agreed to become an Honorary Patron of the De La Warr Pavilion as part of the 75th anniversary celebrations.
Critical Mass was the first major art project to be installed on the roof of the De La Warr Pavilion. Opening last May 2010, it remained until late September and attracted over 50,000 visitors and with great media acclaim had an impact, not only on the Pavilion but on the town and its attraction as a cultural tourism destination.
Antony Gormley says :
"It was a great privilege and pleasure for me to work with this extraordinary example of European modernism placed in an English seaside town. The spaces that the whole building offers including the rooftop are exceptional. This is a stimulating and dynamic environment between the horizon and the built environment of a provincial city-scape that places art in a unique position of interface between a very British idea about culture and a very extreme nature. I am delighted to accept the position of honorary patron of the De La Warr Pavilion under its creative team and directorship of Alan Haydon that has made Bexhill-on-Sea an important destination for anyone interested in contemporary culture."
Alan Haydon, Director of the De La Warr Pavilion says
"Antony’s support and generosity made an outstanding contribution to our programme last year, leaving a challenging legacy for us to extend opportunities for people to experience the work of artists of world renown, beyond the formalities of the gallery environment. With Antony’s Critical Mass spearheading this new platform for art, we look forward to presenting new and exciting projects in the future."
The next rooftop project will be announced shortly.
The De La Warr Pavilion is fortunate to have the support of many individuals as Patrons and Members. Their contribution to this iconic building helps to secure its future and to fund the continued development of its ground-breaking arts programme. To find out how you can become involved please visit dlwp.com/members or contact Elizabeth Ganney on email@example.com or call 01424 229118.