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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.
3D design tutor Sean Hetterley, was warmly remembered by colleagues for his murals at the annual Pottery Party.
Sean made a point of thoroughly researching the themes for his murals and he hoped that viewers grasped the literary allusions and intended parodies incorporated in them.
“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."
Sculptor Tom Grimsey worked to integrate large-scale art projects into the fabric of urban regeneration. These ranged from monumental sculptures animated by sequenced fibre-optic lighting to more intimate, place-shaping landscapes to large steel climbing sculptures.
Helen Chadwick studied on the sculpture course at Brighton Polytechnic from 1973 to 1976. She went on to complete an MA at Chelsea, and then quickly became a kind of proto-yBa (young British artist), making installations addressing the power/gender relations inherent in specific environments. She gained celebrity with her autobiographical installation Ego geometria sum (1982-4)
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.
Going onto a career in film at UCLA, Sandra Lawton attended the Brighton College of Art's programme for gifted children between 1958 and 1965. 'The old Grand Parade building was inspiringly atmospheric with the projects, colorful students, interesting faculty and the smell of the paint and materials...'
Stuart Griffiths graduated in 1997. He won the Brighton Photo Fringe Biennale Open award in 2010 for his show Closer and that same year was awarded a bursary from the National Media Museum to make his first book The Myth Of The Airborne Warrior (Photoworks 2011).
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”.
Spencer graduated in 1997 with a BA(Hons) Editorial Photography and quickly became known for his groundbreaking editorial style for The Face and Sleazenation magazines.
James’ company, Propshop Modelmakers, has its offices, studios and workshops at the iconic Pinewood studios. He has produced some of the most recognisable objects, spaces, costumes and artefacts for films such as the James Bond movies, The Golden Compass, Batman, Clash of The Titans, Stardust and Kick Ass.
Most widely known for his archaeologically informed visual reconstructions of early historical settlements which did much to popularise historic sites and buildings, Alan Sorrell worked in a variety of artistic disciplines from large scale murals to book illustrations, as well as a period as a commercial artist after the First World War
"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."
"I think it is fair to say that I have never deviated from the aims of the original Brighton expressive arts course (if there were any) of which I was part of the first year’s intake. Bemused tutors, perhaps not sure how this ghetto course would develop"
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.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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.