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"As a young teenager I loved the degree shows (mainly I think, because the students would sell me wine in a plastic cup!). I liked everything about the college, from the inky smell to the squeaky corridors, but as I got older teenage rebellion kicked in and I dropped out of education (and society) to become a traveller and live in a bus."
Murray Ballard was born in Brighton and graduated in 2007. He was selected for Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed '08 at The Photographer's Gallery. In 2011 the British Journal of Photography recognised him as an "emerging photographer of note", following his debut solo show, The Prospect of Immortality, at Impressions Gallery, Bradford.
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.
Alison Stolwood studied MA Photography graduating in 2011. Her work, which focuses on nature and landscape explores notions of time and change and her perception of things in the world.
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.
Matthew Dent won a Royal Mint competition to design a set of new British coinage shortly after graduating.
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.
Julien Macdonald studied fashion knit wear at The University of Brighton, which lead to him receiving a scholarship for the Royal Collage of Art. His creative vision has inspired international acclaim for injecting a high dosage of glamour back into the fashion industry.
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.
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.
Gillian Youngs was Professor of Digital Economy at the University of Brighton until 2016. Her work at the university was as an applied theorist, actively engaged in knowledge exchange, business and policy-related processes.
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.
Catherine Harper led Architecture and Design at the Faculty of Arts between 2007-11. Her own work covers textile practice and theory with specialisation in scale public art, speculative exhibition work, performance, and the construction of creative-critical texts. She is a founder member of the university's LGBT Queer Life Research Hub.
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.
Kathryn graduated with a Fine Art Printmaking BA(Hons) degree in 2011 and now works in a studio in South London.
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.
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.
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.
Liz Hingley is a British photographer and researcher, specialising in documentary, reportage and portraiture.
"While teaching at Brighton, I also organised exhibitions and oversaw the move of the Printmaking Department to the main Faculty of Art building. I also wrote or co-wrote four educational books on printmaking and used many photographs taken in the department to illustrate methods and best practice."
Miles Gould and Pete Dungey both graduated with Graphic Design BA(Hons) in 2010 and now work together as the Oak Design Studio.