Music and Visual Art BA(Hons) graduate Natasha Khan is a Brit Award nominated singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, better known as Bat for Lashes

Whilst studying at Brighton, Khan produced sound installations, animations and performances influenced by artists including Steve Reich and Susan Hiller. After graduation, she worked as a nursery school teacher whilst writing the material for her first album Fur and Gold (2006) this was followed in 2009 by Two Suns and The Haunted Man in 2012.

Programme leader, researcher and musician Conall Glesson is full of praise for the former student: "Natasha was a fantastic student on the Performance and Visual Art programme, she was enthusiastic and dynamic. It was clear from the beginning of her studies that she possessed the energy and ambition to succeed as a creative artist."

He adds, "Natasha has returned to the university on several occasions, not only to catch up with tutors, but to meet with students and share her experience of establishing a distinctive and unique voice within the notoriously competitive music performance industry."

Khan's music is described by iTunes as: “Sublimely twisted folk made up of pianos, guitars, harpsichords and wistful electronics, embellished by a transcendent voice reminiscent of Bjork and Kate Bush."

The Performance and Visual Art programme (PAVA) at the Faculty of Arts consists of a cluster of interdisciplinary undergraduate and postgraduate courses which allow students to combine visual art with music, dance or theatre, preparing them, through a variety of skills, resources and methodologies, to be an active and dynamic performer and artist.

Graduates go on to be successful performers and live art practitioners, musicians, composers, choreographers, film makers, producers, theatre directors and movement researchers. Opportunities for degrees in performance arts in the programme consist of Performance and Visual Art (Dance), Performance and Visual Art (Theatre) and Music and Visual Art, while a recently developed Masters level degree continues to attract international applicants.

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