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"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."
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.
"There is something about the light, freedom and openness of the college that makes Brighton a different place to any other. Its proximity to London and the internationalism of the young community give it an energy all of its own. I am proud to have worked there"
A graduate of the old Brighton Grammar School and Brighton School of Art, Conrad Heighton Leigh went onto the Slade School of Art in London and the Academie Julian before making a career in painting, murals and poster design as well as book illustration. He lived and worked in Brighton in the early twentieth century.
Internationally celebrated for his paintings, Professor Jackowski explores images of dispossession, loss and identity. At Brighton between 1987 and 2013, Jackowski's explorations of personal and collective memory are at the root of his researches into identities and cultures as handed on and explored through stories and images.
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.
"I have illustrated many books in different media, but have always had a preference for my engraved work. In the last 15 years I have concentrated more on this area, particularly in children’s books, where I engrave both on wood and vinyl: I print and collage using textured surfaces mainly from the wood plank."
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.
John Wells-Thorpe studied architecture at Brighton and had a varied career in Sussex and overseas, including becoming Vice-President of the RIBA and President of the Commonwealth Association of Architects, alongside work with several charitable trusts. He is best known in the city for his design of Hove Town Hall building.
Kim Thue was born in September 1980 in Grindsted - a small Danish town situated on the windy moors of Jutland.
As a restless teenager he moved to the U.K, where he graduated from the Editorial Photography course at Brighton University in 2006.
Kim has undertaken extensive projects in countries as diverse as China, Greenland, The Dominican Republic and Sierra Leone.
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.
Miles Gould and Pete Dungey both graduated with Graphic Design BA(Hons) in 2010 and now work together as the Oak Design Studio.
Richard Rowland, was a documentary photographer who worked in both the commercial and arts sectors, with a particular passion for the urban environment. He exhibited, and was published extensively, both in the UK and overseas.
"1963. I am 31, a London County Council architect commuting to Brighton to teach one day a week in the School of Architecture first year, up in the attic studios of the old College of Art, Grand Parade.
"The air is heady, the floors paint covered. We are indeed all collegiate, students, technicians and tutors together, painters, illustrators, sculptors, architects, bound by a striving for Design."
Stuart Morgan's critical writings established him as a leading writer on the art of the 1980s and 1990s. Travelling widely in Europe and the United States, he was widely admired by many artists as a result of his sensitivity to, and careful interpretation of, their opinions.
Born in Margate in 1901, pioneering potter and teacher Norah Braden was the daughter of a lay preacher. Intensely musical as well as artistic, Braden learned to play the violin and was talented enough to reach concert standard; she considered studying music but declined an offer from the Royal College of Music.
Living in the crafts hothouse of Ditchling in the 1930s Dunstan Pruden was much influenced by the Eric Gill and the Guild of St Dominic, under whose auspices (with Philip Hargreen) he published Silversmithing: its principles and practice in small workshops.
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.
Illustration graduate Jane Hissey's first picture book, 'Old Bear', published in 1986, was instantly acclaimed a new children's classic. Since then, Jane has written and illustrated over 20 picture books, each one taking a year to illustrate.
In many ways Julian Freeman’s British Art: a walk round the rusty pier (2006) was a summation of two long spells of work at Brighton. As the Polytechnic’s Exhibition Officer from October 1978 until December 1989, Julian introduced into the gallery’s annual programmes sporadic exhibitions that offered new perspectives to key themes in British art from the 1880s to the (then) present
Karen Norquay led the University of Brighton's provision of arts as Head of School for many years. She is a practising photographer both in the fields of research and editorial photography. Her editorial work explores the still life genre from conforming to the traditional aesthetic conventions to challenging its language and form.