Students’ exhibition of artwork celebrating history of the pier

Tiles in the exhibition inspired by the pier
Tiles in the exhibition inspired by the pier

An exhibition of artwork celebrating the history and reconstruction of Hastings Pier produced by students from Sussex Coast College has opened at the Pier Hub on the seafront.

Last November Level 1 and 2 Art and Design students from the college visited the pier to hear a talk about its history and have a look at the digital archive that is being created to tell the story of the structure from its inception to the present day.

They were also given a tour of the pier by David Spooner, the project manager in charge of the reconstruction.

He talked the students through the architecture and fabric of the pier and explained the work that is currently being carried out.

The project has been a collaboration between Sussex Coast College and the Hastings Pier Charity.

Jo McLaughlan, the education and volunteer co-ordinator at the charity, said: “It’s really great to get the community involved in the work that we’re doing and to have the hub as a vibrant space where young people can show how they’ve been inspired by the pier.”

The students spent six weeks exploring the different phases of the pier’s history and learning about the people, stories and activities associated with it.

They also looked at the impact of weather and human-made disasters on the structure.

In response to what they found, the students then created different kinds of artwork to celebrate the pier.

They include ceramics, stained glass and glass sculptures as well as mono-prints and lino-prints.

Some students used pieces of wood and metal recovered from the pier as part of their finished work.

Jo said he was delighted by the results.

She said: “I think they’re fantastic. It’s amazing to see the amount of talent we have in Hastings.

“I’m so pleased Sussex Coast College wanted to be involved.”

The Pier Hub, which gives out information on what is happening on the pier and plans for the future, is on the seafront around 100 yards east of the pier itself.

The exhibition, which is free for the public to view, will be open from 1pm to 4pm on Wednesdays and Thursday and 11am to 4pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

It will close on Saturday, February 7.