research and community projects in Brighton
Brighton has an everything is possible creative vibe that goes back to 1823 and the completion of John Na black converse sh’s famous Royal Pavilion. In the nineteenth century, Henry Cole reckoned the city’s ‘industries’ were ‘health, recreation, education and pleasure’, and since then it has inspired the likes of Graham Greene (Brighton Rock, 1938), Franc Roddam (Quadrophenia, 1979) Julie Burchill (Sugar Rush, 2004) and Fat Boy Slim and Nick Cave.
Our seaside city is a great place to be a student. Brighton is bright and bustling, upbeat and unconventional, cosmopolitan and contemporary. It has an energy and buzz that students love and is a place where you can be yourself or reinvent yourself.
The city arts festival every May is second only to Edinburgh as Britain’s largest arts event. August Gay Pride and the Burt Brill and Cardens Graduate Show also provide major attractions during the year, alongside which are a wealth of galleries, theatres, music venues, street arts and local projects that provide a backdrop to your life in Brighton.
Our historic Faculty of Arts has been a major part of that atmosphere since 1859. As well as the annual displays of student work and close relationship with many of the trades in the town, the faculty saw the development of the The Art College Basement Club which led in turn to the founding of The Zap Club, a highlight of the thriving Brighton club scene.
The town saw one of the founding movements of cinema, the School and our faculty now hosts the major Screen Archive South East and the annual CineCity film festival, in partnership with the Duke of York cinema. Other widely used research resources include our internationally significant Design Archives.
With community work that brings fashion and design to local schools, projects such as Alice Fox’s inclusive arts project ‘Smudged’ at Tate Modern, and arresting student works such as Lucy Palmer installati black converse on of 700 trees outside Grand Parade as part black converse of Places for S black converse paces 2009, the faculty has a fruitful relationship with the city and its many cultures.