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University of Brighton School of Architecture and Design Degree Show and Festival

Fri June 8th from 10:00am

Admission: Free

Hastings Pier is delighted to launch its extended summer opening hours (10am - 10pm Sun - Thurs; 10am - 11pm Fri & Sat) by hosting The University of Brighton School of Architecture and Design’s prestigious annual graduate show from 5th - 10th June, including a free festival across the weekend of the 9th and 10th. 

A total of 19 temporary ‘pavilions’ will be 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.

The exhibition will be open for public viewing every day from Tuesday 5th June to Sunday 10th June, including an ‘Architecture Festival’ on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June. The festival includes street food traders from aPIERtite, craft beer from The Brewing Brothers, a live music stage until 11pm from Fat Tuesday and architecture lectures, debates and workshops.

This show will include projects that engage with issues of scarcity, migration, urban agriculture, the circular economy, rural futurism and much more. Projects will 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.

Head of School at Brighton University, Robert Mull said "We are really excited to be able to hold our show here. Hastings Pier is an extraordinary achievement both by the architects and the community that developed the project. It gives us a blank canvas for the students to inhabit; an opportunity to design and build a celebratory end-of-the-pier show to display their work to a wider audience. In addition, this will be the 25th anniversary of the University itself, so it really will feel like a party.”

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.

The exhibition will also be open to the public all day on Sunday 10th June, along with street food from aPIERtite and a 9 hour DJ marathon from Dan Boyd and friends.


Tuesday 5th 10.00 - 17.00

Wednesday 6th 10.00 - 17.00

Thursday 7th 10.00 - 17.00

Friday 8th 10.00 - 15.00

Saturday 9th 10.00 - 22.00

Sunday 10th 10.00 - 20.00

10.00am - 22.00pm

Talks and Workshops

12.00 Architectural Drawing Workshops

13.00 Students Present and Discuss Their Work

14.30‘Reflections on the Redevelopment of Hastings Pier’ by Michael Spooner

15.30Hastings Pier: A Conversation about its Past, Present and Future’ with Kate Cheyne, Jess Steele, Iain Exley and Michael Spooner

Full info on talks and workshops here

Fat Tuesday Music Stage
12.30 Dan Boyd (DJ Set)
17.00 Sabrina Gunston
18.30 La Lune
20.30 Someone / Anyone
21.30 Rushbrooke Music (DJ Set)
Full info on all acts here
Street Food From aPIERtite

Global street food, cocktails and craft beer from Brewing Brothers

10.00am - 22.00pm

Fat Tuesday Music Stage

12.00 - 21.00

Dan Boyd and friends (DJ Sets)


Street food from aPIERtite

11.00 - 21.00

Global street food, cocktails and craft beer from Brewing Brothers


“The Interior Architecture course at Brighton is primarily focused on spatial experience and human inhabitation”, says Gemma Barton, Course Leader, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture. “We are radical and responsible – we are experimental and disciplined – we are fantastic yet grounded. We are also celebrating 25 years, making us the longest standing course in the country. We look forward to celebrating in Hastings.”
Steven Smith, Course Leader, BA Product Design says: “Like the wording in a stick of Brighton rock, testing design proposals with users runs right through the core our Product Design course. Not only will this exhibition be a wonderful celebration of the students’ achievements, but it will be a further opportunity to show their ideas to the wider community and find out what visitors really think.”
The redevelopment of Hastings Pier was led by dRMM architects, and was awarded the RIBA Stirling prize, the UK’s most prestigious architectural award. The pier is designed as a flexible public space to host a variety of seasonal events and public-spirited activities.
“The exhibition is a unique opportunity to both showcase the work of the graduates, and demonstrate the importance of the Pier as a flexible public space for a rich variety of community uses” says Michael Spooner, senior lecturer, Hastings Pier project architect and founder of studioSPOON.


Sabrina Gunston - Sat 17.00 - 18.00

Sassy and Epic, Sabrina Gunston released her debut EP '777' in July 2017. Singing tales of late nights, sex, lies, power and attitude, Sabrina is inspired by a collection of artists, bringing new inspirations in every song. Her unique blend of soulful and velvety tones creates an exciting new body of work.
Sabrina says 'I love expressing a story in melody using interesting layers, creating a sense of depth and richness to the meaning of the song'. Simple yet resonating, her message is loud and clear, 'be confident with who you are and stay true to yourself'.
The last 6 months, Sabrina has had over 20 plays on BBC radio, as well as multiple 'tracks of the day' featured on BBC Introducing South, including lead track 'Still Waters', 'Let me Introduce Myself', 'Emerald City' and 'Surrender'. Sabrina has also performed in session for BBC Introducting South radio.

La Lune - Sat 18.30 - 19.30

“Surrounded by an aura of anonymity and masked beneath her pseudonym, the presence of la lune is as low-key as her music. By upholding a subtle social media presence and refusing to reveal her true name, la lune is using silence as her weapon to ‘protest’ against the over sexualisation of women in music, stating that her music should be listened to and judged at ‘face value’.” - NME
The 19 year-old, London-born singer-songwriter and producer has been releasing music with a DIY ethos since she was 18, and has gradually been accumulating the support of her loyal listeners, and the likes of BBC Introducing, NME, and EARMILK.
Upon the release of la lune’s self-produced, debut EP, ‘bliss’, she has been compared to the likes of The Japanese House and James Blake, and has been pegged by many as “one to watch”.

Someone Anyone - Sat 20.30 - 21.30

After a series of successful shows in Hastings - the town best known for crafting sophisticated sounds - Someone Anyone is branching out.

The 6-piece band’s energy and passion on stage show they have something special that cannot be cultivated; it seems their hard work has paid off.

They're set to headline Brixton Hootananny this Summer, as well as playing festivals including Beautiful Days and Standon Calling. Each show will be individualised by frontman Harry Osborne’s eccentric character, which is revealed with his comedic one-liners between songs. With a fresh line-up, Osborne will be joined on stage by James Gulliver (Drums), Jamie Thomas (Bass), Lewis Todd (Guitar), Dan McConkey (Saxophone) and Poppy Prescott (Backing Vocals). 

“this is the best work we've written, everyone is getting more involved and coming together” says Osborne. “We've managed to harness more on the melodies in these new songs and when we go in the studio, we won't be gambling. We know what we want.”

Someone Anyone are set to record and release a new EP this summer, partly fundraised by fans and the remaining from shows. They're also offering gifts of unreleased music and merchandise for donations of £10 and more." You can see their Go Fund Me page here."

DJ Dan Boyd, Sat 12.30 - 15.30 / Sun 12.00 - 21.00

As an artist, Boyd is known for surreal storytelling through a blend of rap and folk. Having performed around the world, including tours with UK Hip Hop legends Task Force, Dan has settled in Hastings and is a regular on the scene. 

After an epic 36 hour DJ marathon over the May Day bank holiday weekend, Hastings Pier's unofficial resident DJ is back, providing a reggae lunch on Saturday, followed by a full day of music on Sunday with collaborations and guests.

Rushbrooke Music - Sat 21.30 - 23.00

Rushbrooke music is made up of Gavin O'Brien and Jeff Higgins who grew up together in Cobh, Co.Cork, Ireland... Rushbrooke to be more specific.

In 2012 the pair moved to London and formed Phonoma, a downtempo electronic band. For the next 5 years they toured the U.K. and Europe, performing a mixture of live gigs and DJ sets before eventually setting up Rushbrooke Music in 2016, a promotion company with a focus on South American and Central African funk and soul music. Having recently moved to Hastings, Rushbrooke is now their primary focus, promoting the unsung heroes of world music. Performing as the mid summer sun sets behind the Pier, this will be a set not to miss.



June 8th 2018
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Presented by

Hastings Pier Charity
Brighton University School of Architecture


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