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Michele graduated in Fashion and Textiles in 1994 and is now a textile designer for a number of high street stores.
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.
William Bond was Head Master of Brighton School of Art from 1905 until his sudden death in 1918. An accomplished painter in both oils and watercolours, he had been a pupil teacher at the School prior to undertaking further artistic training in Paris. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy.
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.
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.
Artist Robin Plummer was Dean of Faculty in Brighton from 1975 to 1989, responsible for the structure under the new polytechnic and for the Grand Parade site and its annexes.
Gerald Fleuss is a freelance calligrapher, letterer, and illustrator specialising in heraldic design and painting, a practice which he started in 1974. He is a Fellow of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators and a member of the Art Workers’ Guild and the Double Crown Club.
From 1946 until his early death in 1976, Leslie Cole taught at Brighton College of Art (later Polytechnic) and the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London. At the former he worked closely for many years with John Vernon Lord teaching drawing to graphic design and illustration students.
Spencer graduated in 1997 with a BA(Hons) Editorial Photography and quickly became known for his groundbreaking editorial style for The Face and Sleazenation magazines.
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.
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.
"In January 1979 I was appointed as Head of Fashion and Textiles at Brighton, moving to Courtaulds as Design Director in 1985. Two years later I was head hunted by Next to head up interiors and in 1989 I became Professor and Head of Fashion and Textiles at the Royal College of Art."
Toni Hicks is a freeman of the City of London and a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters. She has collaborated with several fashion designers and developed industrial links and is a major figure in the development of knitted textile education in Britain.
Frederick Charles Herrick was a leading graphic artist following the First World War, having trained at Leicester School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. He taught at Brighton for many decades.
Paddy Considine graduated with a BA(Hons) in Photography and is an actor and BAFTA winning film director. Whilst still a student, Considine had a series of photographic portraits published in the Guardian. The film that brought him this acclaim, 'Tyrannosaur', is a social-realist study of a self-destructive man who earns a chance of redemption through Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker.
Michelle Walker’s work is in many public collections and she has exhibited widely. In 2007 she was guest curator at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery for ‘The art of wrapping: furoshiki textiles from Japan.’
Hywel James was a fine art student at Brighton College of Art between 1962 and 1967. "I thought that a general education through the practice of art and design was both legitimate and rewarding, and so it proved to be. At Brighton I grew up, gained a measure of confidence in myself and my capabilities."
BAFTA winning filmmaker, Oli Barry has produced, directed and created shows and series all over the world for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 in the UK, as well as A&E, Discovery Networks, and VH1 in the USA.
Oli’s work has taken him all over the world, and he has worked with a vast and diverse range of people from gang-leaders in San Salvador, scientists in Rwanda to The Prince of Wales.
Ian Potts was a highly successful painter and educator, leading the painting department at the Brighton College of Art. He worked primarily in watercolours, drawing on the traditions of British landscape art in the medium and bringing to it his own dynamic and creative vision. His subjects included the South East Coast of England, the Atlantic coast of France and the Mediterranean.
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.
Chris Shaw Hughes studied at the University of Brighton Faculty of Arts, graduating with a first class Critical Fine Art Practice BA(Hons) in 2008. He followed this by achieving a distinction for his MA Fine Art in 2010.