Be Smart About Art

BSAA's Seaside Summer Outing to De La Warr Pavilion!

Exhibition Tour, Talk + Networking for Art World Professionals

Date: Aug. 7, 2018, noon - Aug. 7, 2018, 3 p.m. UK time (see time converter)

Location: De La Warr Pavilion | Marina | Bexhill | East Sussex | TN40 1DP

Travel: Bexhill Station

Trains go direct from London Victoria – or with 1 change en route from both from London St Pancras International and London Charing Cross. Please note advance booking is recommended to get cheaper tickets!

ACCESS: Within the limits of this Grade One listed building, the De La Warr Pavilion strives to be fully accessible with a range of facilities to support your visit. Assistance Dogs are permitted into the building. Please contact the Box Office at the Pavilion on 01424 229 111 for any further assistance.

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Speakers: Susan J Mumford

Price: £15 - £25

Join Be Smart About Art for a summer day trip to visit De La Warr Pavilion. You will be taken on a tour of the Pavilion’s three exhibitions by Head of Exhibitions Rosie Cooper (see details on shows below). Rosie will talk about her approach to building a distinct programme for the De La Warr Pavilion that uses its history and democratic origins to look differently at the past, present and future.

Want to combine bespoke 1-2-1 support in this glorious setting during your visit? BSAA Founder Susan J Mumford, who will be facilitating the event on-site as a new East Sussex resident herself, is offering 'Power Hours' after the event (3.30-4.30pm and 4.45-5.45pm). These one-to-one sessions are being offered at special rates, at £150 for BSAA Members and £135 for Non-Members. Snag your 1-2-1 and get your thinking with the pre-session questionnaire! Email Maria Stenfors, Programme Director for BSAA's Creative Biz Specialists, at to confirm that you'd like to take one of the two available Power Hours.

Artist Matthew Lintott recently said of receiving 1-2-1 support from Susan: 

"Very focused mentoring. It was very clear that Susan considered how her experience would relate to what I needed. Looking forward to the next! " 

About the speakers at the De La Warr Pavilion visit:

Rosie Cooper
 is Head of Exhibitions at the De La Warr Pavilion. Before that, she was Head of Programmes at Liverpool Biennial, presenting new commissions by 44 international artists across 21 sites in 2016. She was commissioning editor of the exhibition’s accompanying book, The Two-Sided Lake (Liverpool University Press, 2016), and for the 2014 edition, she curated the exhibition on James McNeil Whistler with Mai Abu ElDahab. From 2009-11 she curated Barbican Art Gallery’s public programme. With William Cobbing, she organised Bob Jubile, a series of events, displays and publications exploring the legacy of poet, pedagogue and organiser Bob Cobbing, culminating in Boooook (Occasional Papers, 2015). 

Susan J Mumford
is game-changer in the 21st Century art world, Susan's an entrepreneur, mentor, speaker, moderator and author. Her first foray into supporting industry professionals was in the form of the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD), which she established in 2010 while running a gallery in Soho, London. This was followed by the launch of Be Smart About Art, an online-accessible professional development platform that helps creative professionals thrive in a changing world. In late 2015, her first book was published in the name of BSAA's motto: `'Art is your life. Make it your living." While based in London, Susan spends notable periods around the UK and also in the USA and Continental Europe, delivering workshops and keynotes, mentoring creative professionals, facilitating panel discussions, judging art prizes and more.

Follow Susan on social media:

Instagram @susanjmumford 


About the exhibitions to be included in the guided tour:

Florence Peake, Rite: On this pliant body we slip our WOW!

On Sunday 6 May, the De La Warr Pavilion presented RITE: on this pliant body we slip our WOW!, an extraordinary and powerful performance devised and choreographed by Florence Peake, presented by a host of dancers who performed in six tonnes of wet clay. The mound of clay that remains in the gallery, moulded by the dancers as they moved, is the centrepiece the exhibition by Peake featuring a painted frieze encircling the gallery walls and a soundtrack by Beatrice Dillon made from audio recordings of Peake handling the clay.

Alison Wilding, Right Here and Out There

Regarded as one of the UK’s foremost sculptors, Wilding’s abstract works use contrasting materials such as neoprene rubber, translucent acrylic, alabaster and steel to create sensual juxtapositions which explore the complexities of perception.

The exhibition responds to the landscape that surrounds the Pavilion and light that streams into it, showing a selection of works from the 1980s to the present and two new sculptures made especially for the site.


The exhibition 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. Taking the year 1935 as a starting point, it uses local events to indicate the varied social and political landscape of the time. The project was organised by the De La Warr Pavilion with Bexhill Museum and students from the School of English and Centre for Modernist Studies at the University of Sussex.

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