The Jarman School of Arts \

Creating the link between 'Town and Gown'

The new School of Arts building creates the link between 'town and gown', bringing in audiences and investment from the local community and introducing students into the commercial world of Canterbury and Kent.

The School was fragmented across the campus. The (Derek) Jarman Building consolidates the rehearsal and teaching space into one dedicated facility providing accommodation for all three areas of the School - drama, film and visual arts - and forcing them to work together.

The building is conceived as a flexible, loose fit container within which the department can grow, shrink, change requirements and adapt over the years. The highly serviced elements that sit within the low tech 'box' include specialist rehearsal studios, art and design studios, a film suite, a postgraduate centre, academic offices and administrative/ reception facilities.

The striking interiors form a backdrop for the arts students to react and perform against, but that are strong enough in terms of design and finish to give order to the enthusiastic chaos of term time.

“The Jarman Building is already a huge success with staff and students, the striking new facilities bring together drama, film and art promoting interdisciplinary teaching and research.

Hawkins\Brown has designed a facility which reflects and responds to the identity and vision of the school as an innovative and dynamic centre for excellence in the arts.”

Dr. Nicola Shaughnessy, Deputy Head of School of Arts

“This building demonstrates how good design can improve learning and is an exemplar for future campus architecture.”

RIBA Awards Jury

Project Summary


  • Galvanising Awards 2011 - Shortlisted
  • Building Design Awards 2011 - Education Architect of the Year - Shortlisted
  • RIBA Awards 2010 - South East Regional Award - Winner

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