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Sandrine Cohen is principally a jewellery designer and has been represented in the collections of a number of prestigious firms including Baccarat and Christofle. Following studies at Brighton with Caroline Broadhead she went to Los Angeles before settling in Paris.
"At Brighton my studio was in Tichbourne Street but I was asked to cover for a colleague. I moved into the wood studio and worked there in order that it could stay open for the students. During those three years I made the boardroom table for Templeton College Oxford (50 panels veneered on the old college vacuum press), most of the furniture for one of the Roxy Music band members and won the Sunday Telegraph Craftsman of the Year award.
Illustrator Andrew Restall worked from 1964 for the Post Office designing stamps and building on an existing interest in typography and printing processes. From 1975 to 1990 he ran the illustration option of the BA (Hons) Visual Communication course at Brighton Polytechnic.
"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."
Internationally acclaimed bookbinder Jenni Grey has been President of Designer Bookbinders and has regular contracts to bind the Mann Booker winning novel. She won the Sir Paul Getty Bodleian Bookbinding Prize in 2009. She works with materials such as wood and metal, and techniques such as embroidery.
Matthew Dent won a Royal Mint competition to design a set of new British coinage shortly after graduating.
Following her BA(Hons) in Design History at the University of Brighton, completed in 1984, Amy de la Haye studied for an MA in Cultural History at the Royal College of Art (RCA). In 1991 she was appointed as Curator of Twentieth Century Dress at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
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.
Louis Ginnett (1875-1946) was a painter primarily of portraits and interiors, a mural painter and a designer of stained glass. He exhibited widely in his lifetime, including at the Royal Academy, and was one of the British artists selected to be exhibited by the British Council in 1912 in Venice.
Simon Kernick is a best-selling thriller novelist. The Business of Dying, the story of a London detective was released in July 2002, to much critical acclaim, with The Guardian describing it as “a gem”, and The Independent hailing it as “the crime debut of the year”.
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.
Hywel James was a fine art student at Brighton College of Art between 1962 and 1967. "I thought that a general education through the practice of art and design was both legitimate and rewarding, and so it proved to be. At Brighton I grew up, gained a measure of confidence in myself and my capabilities."
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.
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.
"Spare Rib was launched in June 1971 as the daughter of the underground press. The aim was not to discuss the dialectic of liberation but to help all women find their own identity. By then I had a small baby and was very aware of how much women had to juggle their lives."
Born in 1933 and educated at Brighton Grammar School and Brighton College of Art (1949-1954), the artist and teacher David Chapman played an important role in the development of several aspects of the School of Art.
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.
Hand-weaver, artist and teacher, Barker moved to Brighton in 1959. Her silk and wool abstract hangings were shown in the exhibition ‘Weaving for Walls’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1965. She showed her work with the Brighton Phoenix Group from late 50s to 1982.
A well-known poster designer, illustrator and muralist, (Alfred) Clive Gardiner was trained at the Slade School of Fine Art (1909-12) and the Royal Academy Schools (1913-14). Following the First World War he trained as an art teacher before teaching at Brighton School of Art.
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.
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."