Intransience: The art of memory

Intransience art work

A multimedia installation examining the legacy of the West Pier is currently in progress, which asks – How do places survive through stories? And what if we could, collectively, decide how the West Pier will be remembered? A site-specific immersive installation, the work aims to create a debate around the construction of a legacy for a place…

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Golden beginnings for new West Pier heritage centre

Work is underway for the development of a new promenade space which celebrates the West Pier and its history. Opening this summer, the site, which lies east of BAi360, will feature a ‘Golden Spiral’ made up of salvaged West Pier columns.  Once restored, an original 1866 West Pier kiosk will also become a key feature of the scheme.…

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A bigger splash: Sea swimming at the West Pier

Sussex doctor Katie Fraser has won medals for sea swimming and will happily take the plunge all year round, even when temperatures drop below freezing. A self-confessed West Pier obsessive, she describes swimming by the pier as haunting, and yet hands down her favourite spot to swim.  I find swimming is the only way to relax…

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Interview with BAi360 creator David Marks

David Marks always seems very relaxed for a man with a large amount of money tied up in the ambitious, controversial and previously untried scheme that is the British Airways i360. But he and Julia Barfield, his wife and partner in Marks Barfield Architects, have the track record that justifies his confidence. They redefined the…

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West Pier 150th anniversary: Celebrating the past, present and future

On the anniversary of the West Pier’s opening on the 6th October, celebrations began at sunset with an illumination of the pier and an unveiling of a 150th birthday cake, created by Great British Bake Off contestant and Brighton resident, Kate Henry. Watch the toll Booth’s sugared castings take shape in below.   Celebrations continue in…

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People: Meet Board member Sal Wilson

Sal Wilson, the Trust’s deputy vice-chair, brings practical skills and a commitment to the city of Brighton & Hove to our board of directors. And although she no longer lives within sight of the Pier, she is now directly involved with plans for its future. “I lived in Brighton for over 25 years and could see…

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Argus Article by Adam Trimingham

There’s a very supportive piece by Adam Trimingham in the Argus today, it spells out the facts (apart from the mention of English Heritage which should read Heritage Lottery Fund!) Not online yet but here’s a photo Download a copy of the article

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