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De La Warr Pavilion and Bexhill Sailing Club - Seascape - Visit 1066 Country

De La Warr Pavilion and Bexhill Sailing Club - Seascape

19th April 2017

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On Saturday 15 April, De La Warr Pavilion and Bexhill Sailing Club staged an event on the sea to create a new work, Seascape, by artist Simon Patterson.


Members of the Sailing Club set out in five boats to stage a mock ‘sea-battle’ with coloured smoke grenades being fired at various intervals from the boats, creating stunning visual effects on the water. The artist was on the beach taking photographs of the event, in order to create a series of images that will appear in his exhibition Safari: an exhibition as expedition which takes place at De La Warr Pavilion from 20 May until 3 September. The ‘sea-battle’, which references how artists in the 17th and 18th centuries were invited by their patrons to design public spectacles, will be re-staged for everyone on the exhibition’s opening day, Saturday 20 May.


De La Warr Pavilion and Simon Patterson are delighted to be working closely with the Sailing Club over the past few weeks in planning this event.  Rosie Cooper, Head of Exhibitions, says :

“The Bexhill Sailing Club have been fantastically helpful right from the start of the process. Their enthusiasm, expertise and willingness to join us in creating this exciting new artist commission have been invaluable to both us and the artist – and it absolutely would not have been possible without them.”


Robin Harris, Commodore of the Sailing Club says:

“We had a great time getting involved in this extraordinary project and we are very  excited about re-staging the spectacle outside the Pavilion on May 20th. Like the Pavilion, we are an integral part of the Bexhill community and we hope that this collaboration will encourage more people to get involved with the Sailing Club as Cadets and new (sailing or non-sailing) members. This year we have a few places left on our Learn to Sail course starting in June. Visit for more details.”



Credit Sin Bozkurt



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