Weekend of Degree show fun at Hastings Pier

The University of Brighton School of Architecture and Design’s prestigious annual graduate show includes a family fun weekend June 9 and 10.

Saturday 9th, is the main event day, when local music promoters Fat Tuesday will be running a festival stage on the Pier Head to host live music from Brighton acts La Lune and Sabrina Gunston, as well as a headline slot from local trail blazers Someone / Anyone at 8.30pm followed by a sunset DJ set from Irish collective ‘Rushbrooke Music’.

Pier General Manager, Paul Denne, said, “After the success of the May Day weekend, we are delighted to be working with Brighton University to be hosting what promises to be another exciting and vibrant free event for the town, and it really will be a unique privilege to see the work of the talented architects and designers of tomorrow.”

Saturday also sees what is expected to be a lively discussion around the Pier’s own architecture with a discussion titled ‘Hastings Pier: A Conversation about its Past, Present and Future’, with panelists including Jess Steele who spearheaded the campaign to save the Pier in 2010, local architect Iain Exeley and Brighton University architect Michael Spooner who was involved in the Pier’s rebuild. Spooner will also be giving his own lecture ‘Reflections on the Redevelopment of Hastings Pier’ as well as free architectural drawing workshops from 12.00pm – 2.00pm given by the students themselves.

A total of 19 temporary ‘pavilions’ have been erected on the Pier Head by students from architecture, interior architecture, urban and product design to display an amazing range of projects and ideas, and showcase the talent of the designers of tomorrow.

This show includes projects that engage with issues of scarcity, migration, urban agriculture, the circular economy, rural futurism and much more. Projects exemplify the school’s commitment to making at all scales and to socially engaged forms of creative practice often explored through live projects in partnership with others.

The exhibition will also be open to the public all day on Sunday 10th June, along with street food from aPIERtite and a nine hour DJ marathon from Dan Boyd and friends.

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