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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.
Taught at first by David Bomberg, Creffield went to the Slade 1957-61. His work is held in a number of collections including the Tate Gallery, Arts Council England and the Government Art collection.
"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."
The dominant British silversmith in the second half of the twentieth century, Gerald Benney was born in 1930 in Hull. His early years were spent in Brighton, studying at the Art College (1946-48) where his father, the painter E A Sallis Benney, was Principal. Gerald was taught silversmithing by Dunstan Pruden,
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.
Jane Penty is a practicing designer and educator who worked with the Faculty of Arts until 2010. She has an ongoing interest in sustainability in its broadest sense. This has led to the development of methodologies and tools in design practice and education based on the creation of new scenarios of consumption and production in the development of products and product service systems.
"I came to study in Brighton... in order to find the furthest college from my home at which to study art. This method paid off, because I found a truly exceptional and open educational system that has stood me in good stead throughout my art career."
A portrait painter in the neo-Romantic style, Gerald Mackenzie Leet was educated at Goldsmiths College, The Royal College of Art and the Courtauld Institute. He was given his first teaching appointment at Ealing School of Art.
Chris Rose (MDesRCA) led Three Dimensional Design and Materials Practice at Brighton between 1994-2007. He moved to a post as Senior Critic in design at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence USA, where he became Interim Dean of Graduate Studies in 2008-9.
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.
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.
Eiichi Kono's graphic design work in corporate identity, exhibition and publishing design has included consultancies for The Economist, WH Smith, Monotype, Arts Council, and Montblanc. He has led a team developing Japanese/Latin Open Type fonts for Microsoft Windows.
Following a BA(Hons) in Fashion Design specialising in Woven Textiles, Sarah Arnett went on to become a professional illustrator and designer, creating beautiful print dresses, illustrations, wallpaper and interior textiles under the brand name of Modern Love sold through Liberty of London.
Danny Treacy graduted in 1998 and holds an MA in Fine Art Photography from the Royal College of Art in London.
He has won various awards including the inaugural Jerwood/Portfolio Photography Award and The Photographer’s Gallery Award.
Professor Bruce Brown retired from the university in January 2016, having been Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, former Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities and a Professor of Design. He worked extensively with national research policy and assement, worked as a practicing designer for some years and specialised in design research with an emphasis on the social and cultural effects of visual
Since graduating in 2011, Martin Seeds was selected for Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed (2012) at The Photographer's Gallery, London.
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.
Alan Davie was a painter, poet, jazz musician and jewellery designer.
London’s Tate Gallery described his canvases for an exhibition at Tate Modern as “the result of an improvisatory process that the artist relates to his love of jazz”.
Typographer Tom Sawyer is a historian and practicing graphic designer.As a historian he is a specialist in letterforms, notably the Tudor introduction of humanistic roman and italic letterforms in place of gothic letters. He runs his own graphic design practice and has been in higher education since the 1960s.
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.
Professor Michael Tucker was honoured in 2012 as a Knight: First Class in recognition for his 'outstanding service in the interest of Norway.' His career at the Faculty of Arts included the curation of exhibitions at the Gallery for over thirty years and publications on shamanism, Norwegian culture, jazz and, notably, the work of Sir Alan Davie.