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Laura Pannack's work has been extensively exhibited since her graduation 2009 and published both in the UK and internationally. She has won and been shortlisted for several awards including The Royal Photographic Society award for a notable achievement by a British photographer aged 35 or under.
Gwyther Irwin was an artist of great originality and invention who became head of fine art at Brighton College of Art in 1969, where he remained until 1984.
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.
“In 1955 Alfred retired from the Admiralty to live in Brighton and work at the College of Art as lecturer and adviser. Until 1966 his tall figure, stooping a little from years of calligraphy, could be seen on special days moving punctually and deliberately up the hill to the Teacher Training Department."
Derby-born John Biggs was an educator and prolific illustrator and author, writing more than twenty books on various aspects of illustration, lettering, typography and calligraphy. He was Head of Graphic Design at Brighton from 1951 to 1974.
David Robson joined Brighton Polytechnic School of Architecture in early 1984. "The ethos of the School still owed much to its Arts and Crafts foundations with a structure of Beaux Art rationalism and clad with a layer of Bauhaus modernism."
"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."
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.
Jane Pavitt was the University of Brighton Principal Research Fellow in Design at the Victoria & Albert Museum from 1997 until 2009. Her work focused on later 20th century and contemporary design, and particularly on strategies for presenting design through museum exhibitions and collections. She was the curator of Cold War Modern: Design 1945-70 staged at the V&A in 2008.
Art and design historian, typographer, illustrator, designer, exhibition curator, critic and political activist, Ray Watkinson was most widely recognised for his work on socialist and designer William Morris coming to Brighton College of Art during a decade that witnessed the radical reshaping of art and design education.
Hand-weaver, artist and teacher, Barker moved to Brighton in 1959. Her silk and wool abstract hangings were shown in the exhibition ‘Weaving for Walls’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1965. She showed her work with the Brighton Phoenix Group from late 50s to 1982.
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.
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.’
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.
For 11 years, from 1996, John McKean was Professor of Architecture at the then University of Brighton Faculty of Arts and Architecture. A historian, theorist, architectural journalist and editor who exhibited and published drawings and won competitions as a photographer, he studied architectural history and theory under Joseph Rykwert and Dalibor Vesely.
Native of Brighton and a teacher at Brighton School of Art in the 1960s, Raymond Briggs trained at the Wimbledon School of Art and the Slade. Since 1957 he has been an illustrator and writer, mainly of children’s books but also adult political satire, stage plays and radio plays, producing iconic work including "The Snowman" and "When the Wind Blows."
Prof George Hardie produced the artwork for Led Zeppelin’s debut album (1969). As a partner at NTA Studios, he designed many iconic record covers with the design group Hipgnosis, working on Pink Floyd’s "Dark Side of the Moon" (1973) and "Wish You Were Here" (1975), the beginning of a highly successful career.
Born in 1913, Thurston Hopkins' career made him one of the great British photojournalists. Working for "Picture Post" in the fifties and becoming one of London's more successful advertising photographers before moving into teaching.
Artist and writer Mikey Cuddihy uses autobiographical references in a struggle for harmony between the romantic vision of the artist and the reality of the individual. She often scales up intimate notes and sketches. Major exhibitions have shown her biro drawing, collage and paper cut-out work.
Following her BA(Hons) in Design History at the University of Brighton, completed in 1984, Amy de la Haye studied for an MA in Cultural History at the Royal College of Art (RCA). In 1991 she was appointed as Curator of Twentieth Century Dress at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Graham Duff is a scriptwriter, producer and comic actor. Since graduating from the Faculty of Arts with a BA(Hons) Expressive Arts (Music) in 1985, scriptwriter, producer and comic actor, Graham Duff has created a highly individual body of work for TV and radio.