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A portrait painter in the neo-Romantic style, Gerald Mackenzie Leet was educated at Goldsmiths College, The Royal College of Art and the Courtauld Institute. He was given his first teaching appointment at Ealing School of Art.
Polly Dunbar has been Illustrating and writing childrens' books since she was an undergraduate. Her work, which includes Tilly and Friends, is both whimsical and humourous.
Mike McEvoy is an architect and expert on environmental performance requirements for building components. He is currently running IFORE, a 6.3m euro Interreg research project.
Starting with the most intimate of design objects, jewellery, I made pieces to be worn next to the body, to be handled and changed by the handling. This led to using clothing forms, objects that followed or deviated from the human form, and which acted as metaphor for a person. At the same time, I started to work with choreographers, making garments and sets for dance.
"The three year wood, metal, ceramics and plastics course at Brighton Polytechnic was possibly the best thing that ever happened to me and changed my life for the better. I had worked as a graphic designer in Hong Kong for several years and was determined to seek improvement in all aspects of my artistic skills."
After registering as an architect, David Clews spent ten years in practice before becoming a full-time academic.
He joined the University of Brighton in 2000, as a Principal Lecturer, to lead the Academic Programme in Architecture & Interiors.
3D design tutor Sean Hetterley, was warmly remembered by colleagues for his murals at the annual Pottery Party.
Sean made a point of thoroughly researching the themes for his murals and he hoped that viewers grasped the literary allusions and intended parodies incorporated in them.
Denise Ho founded a career in high fashion after graduating a BA (Hons) at the University of Brighton and an MA at Central Saint Martins in London. She went on to work at London’s only couture house Boudicca.
Chris Rose (MDesRCA) led Three Dimensional Design and Materials Practice at Brighton between 1994-2007. He moved to a post as Senior Critic in design at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence USA, where he became Interim Dean of Graduate Studies in 2008-9.
Textile expert Dr Joan Farrer RCA was a reader at the University of Brighton from 2009-2014, during which she brought expert leadership across high impact design and textile projects, championing interdisciplinary design, sustainable design policy, and design for well-being.
Fred Butler studied Fashion Design BA(Hons), graduating in 2003. She is a props stylist and accessories designer with her own company, Fred Butler Style.
Peter Seddon's work as a researcher, artist and intervention artist has been informed by interest in historiography; both in the sense of histories of art, and wider political/social/cultural histories. It is also informed by an interest in image/text and theories of language. His practice crosses genres with complex historical referencing.
Realist painter Sylvia Sleigh was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by Women’s Caucus for Art shortly before her death in 2010. Celebrated for her portraiture and male nudes, she "turned traditional portraiture on its head by presenting the male nude posed as a reclining Venus or odalisque." The Times, Oct 2010.
Typographer Tom Sawyer is a historian and practicing graphic designer.As a historian he is a specialist in letterforms, notably the Tudor introduction of humanistic roman and italic letterforms in place of gothic letters. He runs his own graphic design practice and has been in higher education since the 1960s.
"As a young teenager I loved the degree shows (mainly I think, because the students would sell me wine in a plastic cup!). I liked everything about the college, from the inky smell to the squeaky corridors, but as I got older teenage rebellion kicked in and I dropped out of education (and society) to become a traveller and live in a bus."
John Bellany, CBE, is an eminent Scottish painter born in 1942 in Port Seton, into a Calvinist family of fishermen and boat builders. As a child Bellany spent a great deal time with his grandparents in Eyemouth in the Scottish Borders, which later informed much of his work.
Murray Ballard was born in Brighton and graduated in 2007. He was selected for Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed '08 at The Photographer's Gallery. In 2011 the British Journal of Photography recognised him as an "emerging photographer of note", following his debut solo show, The Prospect of Immortality, at Impressions Gallery, Bradford.
Sandrine Cohen is principally a jewellery designer and has been represented in the collections of a number of prestigious firms including Baccarat and Christofle. Following studies at Brighton with Caroline Broadhead she went to Los Angeles before settling in Paris.
Having a long association with Brighton, distinguished artist and illustrator John Vernon Lord was appointed Professor of Illustration in 1986, then Professor Emeritus. His picture book "The Giant Jam Sandwich" (1972) has become a classic while his illustrated edition of The Nonsense Verse of Edward Lear (1984) won two national awards.
The dominant British silversmith in the second half of the twentieth century, Gerald Benney was born in 1930 in Hull. His early years were spent in Brighton, studying at the Art College (1946-48) where his father, the painter E A Sallis Benney, was Principal. Gerald was taught silversmithing by Dunstan Pruden,
Chris Riddell studied Illustration at Brighton Polytechnic. He has drawn covers for Punch, Economist, New Statesman and Literary Review. and is Political Cartoonist on the Observer newspaper.