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Louise Rennison is the author of the 10 teenage diaries of Georgia Nicolson, author and performer of ‘Stevie Wonder felt my face’ and ex-Women with Beards. Broadcast with John Peel and Radio 4, and columnist for the London Evening Standard.
Internationally renowned for her innovations in screendance, Professor Liz Aggiss is a performer, choreographer and film-maker. She was a teacher and researcher at the University of Birghton for many years, developing the institutions reputation for performance, particularly screen dance.
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.
Lucy Cousins is one of the world's best-known author-illustrators. She specialises in books for the pre-school age group and has received global success for her bold and humorous books and vibrant characters, most notably for her creation Maisy Mouse.
Harry Watts graduated in Editorial Photography BA(Hons) in 2009 and since been involved in a number of professional projects including working with international artists.
Kate graduated in 1985 in Graphic Design and Illustration BA(Hons). She realised very quickly after leaving college that she didn't want to use her artistic skills to make a living.
Kathryn graduated with a Fine Art Printmaking BA(Hons) degree in 2011 and now works in a studio in South London.
"The first naked woman I ever saw was at Brighton School of Art. Having just been expelled from Brighton College as a conscientious objector, I set about arranging my own post ‘O level’ education. Evening life drawing classes at the Art College were high in the mix, taken by the gruff, but ultimately amiable, Patrick Burke."
Liz Hingley is a British photographer and researcher, specialising in documentary, reportage and portraiture.
"Spare Rib was launched in June 1971 as the daughter of the underground press. The aim was not to discuss the dialectic of liberation but to help all women find their own identity. By then I had a small baby and was very aware of how much women had to juggle their lives."
Alan Baker was a student of Graphic Design and Illustration from 1973-76.
He taught on the foundation course and the Narrative illustration MA courses in its early days and spent seven years teaching part-time on the BA(Hons) Illustration course.
"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."
Throughout her career, Jill Seddon was a pioneer and innovator in Design History as a field of academic enquiry, with major achievements in pedagogy and research, working in the field of women designers, craft design, public sculpture and urban development.
Born in Newhaven in 1963, Cliff Wright is a Sussex-based author, illustrator, painter, sculptor and teacher, particularly well known for his work on illustrations for two of J.K.Rowling's Harry Potter books. He specialises in illustrations of animals and children's books which have included Wind in the Willows.
Book illustrator, painter and sculptor Juliet Kepes studied at Brighton School in the later 1930s. In the early 1950s Juliet began writing and illustrating children’s books, the first of which was Five Little Monkeys (1952). With connections to the Bauhaus movement, Juliet appeared in LIFE Magazine, and worked on a number of public projects.
Ethel Mairet’s achievements can be seen not only in terms of her weaving and dyeing techniques, but also in terms of her ethnographic observations, her educational interests and her contributions to the meaning and value of ‘craft’ in the first half of the twentieth century.
Emma Crtichley has worked as an underwater image-maker for over ten years. She has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally and developed works funded by The Photographer's Gallery, The National Media Museum, The Arts Council of England, The British Council and the Singapore International Foundation.
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.
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Natasha Khan, otherwise known as Bat for Lashes, graduated from the University of Brighton Faculty of Arts with a Performance and Visual Arts BA(Hons).
As a leading illustrator, wood engraver, painter, author of many books, teacher, and designer for posters, ceramics and glass, Clare Leighton enjoyed a distinguished career on both sides of the Atlantic.
Simon Kernick is a best-selling thriller novelist. The Business of Dying, the story of a London detective was released in July 2002, to much critical acclaim, with The Guardian describing it as “a gem”, and The Independent hailing it as “the crime debut of the year”.