Graphic designer and writer Chris Riddell wins 2013 award.
15 Aug 2013
Graphic Design graduate Chris Riddell has been named the 2013 winner of the University of Brighton Alumnus Award.
Chris, who graduated from the Faculty of Arts in 1984, is an illustrator and writer of children's books and a high-profile political cartoonist for The Observer. He has won two Kate Greenaway Medals, the British Librarians' annual award for the best-illustrated children's book,and two of his works were commended runners-up. He has also won three Nestlé Smarties Book Prizes and been silver or bronze runner-up four times for books he has written or illustrated.
Chris was one of the first alumni to join the university’s Alumni Advice Network and has given his time and talents repeatedly to support the work of the university. In 2010, he was guest speaker at the launch of the university’s Brighton Futures student engagement programme and has also given numerous talks at the Grand Parade campus.
In 2011, the university approached Chris for advice on the creation of a figurehead character that would improve engagement with local primary schoolchildren and encourage their future participation in higher education. Chris’s response was to design Professor C Gull himself, as well as fully illustrate and provide the typography for an information booklet. Chris saved the university a substantial sum of money and provided an impactful figurehead for the Widening Participation project. As a prolific and high-profile illustrator, Chris has lent his talent and expertise to the university on numerous occasions. Chris has shown great commitment to the programme to encourage children from non-traditional backgrounds to consider a university education. As well as his design input, he was present at the launch and visited local schoolchildren to support the project. In 2012, Chris presented the ‘graduation certificates’ to some of Professor C Gull’s newest cohorts.
The success of the Alumni Advice Network depends on the goodwill of alumni like Chris and, given the calibre of his expertise and reputation, his input contributes significantly to the student experience and the wider aims of the university in making education accessible to all.
Chris has often visited schools and bookshops to read his books to local children. He is an inspiring example of the impact of his education as well as a fantastic supporter and ambassador of the university’s widening participation project. The award will be conferred at the graduation ceremony at Brighton Dome in February 2013.
Several nominations were received for Faculty of Arts alumni. The nominees for the award have shown either:
professional success demonstrated by notable career achievements.
extraordinary community involvement.
outstanding personal achievement.
significant volunteerism or philanthropy and we are very proud to have them as part of our active alumni community.
Lucinda Abel, Performance and Visual Arts (Theatre) BA(Hons) 2012
Lucinda, aged only 21, has demonstrated outstanding achievements in the arts, business, health, social, academic and public life through her creative educational projects with extraordinary community involvement.
She has made a major contribution to the lives of others with her research projects ‘Exchange’ on her scholarship in Japan and ‘Puppet Animation: Celebrating Brighton’s Stories’, engaging groups in the community with their local craft, heritage and identity, through celebratory workshops, performances and events. Working with Museums, Youth Centres, Primary and High schools, as part of Brighton Fringe and Youth Arts Festival. Source-funded and supported by 02, Phillip Bates Trust and Springboard. It achieved £1000 Santander Community Engagement Award.
She has shown significant volunteerism and philanthropy in consulting museums nationwide and to Parliament on how to involve young people with their collections, alongside the Cultural Olympiad project Stories of The World, in a steering group debating, holding conferences and giving poetic provocations.
She has had professional success demonstrated by notable career achievements such as collaborating with o2 Telefonica to create and design a new phone App. Creating a social infrastructure enabling students to swap bits for bobs with the option to donate to a local charity. The app idea won a £25,000 investment to develop the app for the market.
Patrick (Paddy) Considine, Editorial Photography BA(Hons) 1997
The most illustrious alumnus from the BA Photography degree at the University of Brighton is Paddy Considine who graduated with a first class honours degree in 1997. He is very successful and has built on his knowledge of photography to develop a career in acting, writing, and directing.
Paddy was an exceptional student. He came to the course having studied Performing Arts at Burton College. After completing his degree at the University of Brighton Faculty of Arts, Paddy went on to act in supporting and leading roles in independent films in Britain and in Hollywood. In 2004, he starred in his most significant role to date, in Shane Meadow's Dead Man's Shoes which he co-wrote.
In 2007 he directed and co-wrote Dog Altogether, which won the 2007 BAFTA for Best Short Film as well the a Silver Lion for Best Short Film in the 2007 Venice Film Festival.
His directorial debut for a feature film, Tyrannosaur, has won him the World Cinema Directing Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival amongst other awards.
Paris Lees, English Language and Literature BA (Hons) 2009
Paris has made an outstanding intellectual and public contribution in a variety of media to issues surrounding transgender issues: she has used some of her writing and thinking abilities gained on the course, combined with her own personal experience and drive to create and sustain an effective critical media presence on a subject of great importance to a variety of constituencies in the city. She has presented on Channel 4's Creative Diversity.
Ronald Phillips, MA Fine Art 2008
Ronald Phillips was honoured this year in Hong Kong at the 50th Anniversary celebrations for his design and the building of the first high rise building in Hong Kong, the City Hall. Ron was also a founder member of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects, which has trained many Chinese architects since his time in the city. At the age of 80 years Ron studied for his Masters degree in Fine Art at the Faculty of Arts. The paintings undertaken on this course together with past paintings inspired by the Bauhaus movement have now been placed on permanent display in Hong Kong.
Elliott J Scott, Fashion and Dress History BA(Hons) 2012
E-J Scott has been an inspiration to many on the Fashion and Dress History course. He worked full-time to pay for his full-time course but he still managed to maintain 'As' throughout his degree. He also fitted in work experience at the Royal Pavilion and made an impression with his team. Even though he found it a tough three years (physically and mentally) he managed to inspire students and staff members with his enthusiasm and hard work. He will change lives and deserves recognition.
Freyja Sewell, 3D Design BA(Hons) 2011
Freyja has achieved a lot in one year after graduating. She has been selected as a member of the Icon Graduate Showcase 2011 and her wool designs were selected as a ‘Green Hero’ at Grand Designs Live 2011. She has also been chosen to exhibit in the Design Museum and is one of the 2012 Designers in Residence there creating furniture from wool. She has already made an impact in the world of design, developed new wool materials and manufacturing processes and made a name for herself as a designer to watch in the future.