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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.
"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."
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.
Louise Giblin was born in 1963 and lives and works on the East Sussex/Kent border. She graduated with a Fine Art Sculpture BA(Hons), also studying MA History and Theory of Modern Art at Chelsea College of Art. Her tutors at Brighton included the acclaimed sculptor Antony Gormley.
Kathryn graduated with a Fine Art Printmaking BA(Hons) degree in 2011 and now works in a studio in South London.
Johnson’s work considers how design can exist for the cognitive, as well as our more commonly perceived physical needs. Through ornamentation and kitsch he considers design as fulfilling emotional needs like humour and nostalgia.
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.
Ronald Horton was an artist, collector and highly successful Head of the Art Teacher Training Department at Brighton College of Art from 1944 to 1966. Brighton’s Art Teacher Training Course under Ronald Horton was one of the most successful in Britain, attracting students from all over the world.
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.
"At Brighton I encountered one of the most creative undergraduate fashion textile design courses in existence and a new design history course, and learnt not only much about historical research but also about teaching practice. My PhD supervisor, Lou Taylor, took me in hand with immense generosity"
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.
"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."
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.
"The degree was Design History... I had spent a good deal of time making music, but I had reached an impasse in that singularly unforgiving industry and so, seeking a change of direction that was underpinned by a healthy interest in the visual arts and design, I signed up for the course at Brighton."
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.
Designer Lin Cheung describes her practice as “shaped by a questioning and curious attitude towards what jewellery is and what it could be.”
In 2012, she won the commission to design the athletes' medals awarded at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
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.
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.
Designer Kyle Bean graduated from the University of Brighton Faculty of Arts with a first class BA(Hons) Illustration degree in 2009. He was talent spotted at his graduate show by the Head of Merchandising at Liberty in London and was commissioned to produce a display for them.
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.
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."