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Honorary Doctorates for fashion industry doyenne, pioneering photographer and renowned walking artist

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) awarded three Honorary Doctorates to recognise excellence in the fields of the arts, design and media as part of its 2013 graduation ceremonies in St Andrews Hall, Norwich.

Students throwing their mortarboards in the air

NUA graduation ceremonies were held in St Andrews Hall in Norwich

Almost 500 undergraduate and postgraduate students donned gowns and mortarboards to collect their degree certificates from the University’s Chancellor, the actor John Hurt CBE, in ceremonies taking place throughout the day. Photographer Tim Flach, artist Hamish Fulton and fashion designer Anne Tyrrell MBE – an alumna of NUA – were also honoured at the ceremonies in celebration of their achievements in and services to their respective creative industries.

John Hurt CBE said: “Our county is world famous for our creativity and I am delighted that over 90% of our graduates go on to further study or employment in the first six months after graduation. I offer NUA graduates my encouragement to remember that the most important thing is the creativity and the art and not the salary. But – of course – both are ideal!”

John Hurt at graduation ceremony

NUA Chancellor John Hurt CBE congratulates a graduand

Anne Tyrrell was the Design Director of John Marks for 25 years, winning the Womenswear Designer of the Year award in 1981, before establishing Anne Tyrrell Design, a London-based fashion and interiors consultancy specialising in the fields of textiles, knitwear and garment design. She designed the current London Underground uniform and other clients have included Nike, House of Fraser, John Lewis, Next Retail, Virgin and The Orient Express. She is Chairman of the British Fashion Council Colleges Council and a Member of its Management Council, a Member of the Skillset Fashion & Textiles Skills Council and a Member of the Texprint Management Council. In 2008 she was awarded the MBE for her contribution to the British Fashion Industry.

Dr Hilary Carlisle, Dean of Arts and Design at NUA, said: “If we were ever going to describe anyone as a doyenne of fashion, it would be Anne. Her long and distinguished career includes many highlights and accolades, and her drive and enthusiasm has been passed on to the students she has taught. It is no coincidence that many of the influential roles in fashion education, including our own Course Leader role, are filled by people who were taught by Anne. We are very proud to have Anne as an alumna, and we are delighted that she continues her energetic and supportive association with the University.”

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Anne Tyrrell MBE collects her honorary doctorate

Best known for his highly conceptual and innovative portraits of animals, Tim Flach has published three books of his work – Equus, Dogs Gods and More Than Human – and has received numerous awards including Professional Photographer of the Year, Fine Art in the International Photography Awards, a D&AD Silver Pencil and three Gold Cannes Lions. His advertising work has included commissions from the Sunday Times, Cirque du Soleil, Sony, Hermès and the Locarno International Film Festival and his images have twice been featured on Royal Mail stamps. Exhibitions of his work have shown in London, Moscow, Paris, Zurich, Kentucky, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Shanghai and Berlin.

Keith Bartlett, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Quality) and Dean of Media at NUA, says: “Tim Flach is widely regarded by his peers as being a pioneer in capturing the natural world. The qualities of his photographs, as images, are enticing, and they encourage us in, as spectators, to search for and to find meanings. We are both delighted and privileged that Tim makes time to visit us to work with our BA Photography students, who benefit immeasurably from his expertise, his experience, and his insights.”

Tim Flach

Tim Flach collects his honorary doctorate

An artist and photographer whose practice spans five decades, Hamish Fulton is known as the ‘Walking Artist’. His work encompasses sculptures, photo-text pieces and actions which respond to direct physical engagement with the natural landscape, born from a vow he took in 1973 to only make art resulting from the experience of individual walks. He has undertaken more than 300 ‘art walks’ worldwide, including hikes in the Alaskan wilderness, the Beartooth Mountains in Montana and around Mount Kailash in Tibet. Over 150 solo exhibitions of his work have shown in cities including London, Chicago, Paris, Rome, Munich, Vienna, New York, Tokyo, Toronto, Valencia and Mexico City.

Neil Powell, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience) at NUA, says: “Hamish Fulton’s work as an artist of great originality and insight is renowned throughout the art world and across the world. Hamish’s continuing association with NUA and its students is highly valued as we engage our graduates with the wider world of contemporary art in a global marketplace and as we encourage students to see the continuum between creativity, culture and a rewarding career.”

Hamish Fulton

Hamish Fulton applauds the graduands as he waits to collect his honorary doctorate

Professor John Last, Vice-Chancellor of NUA, says: “As the graduates cross the stage it is literally a rite of passage, as they leave us to begin the next stage of their lives and careers. At NUA, we have long understood that degrees must be intellectually demanding, challenge old orthodoxies and offer new ideas but at the same time be vocationally relevant and aligned with the creative industries in which our graduates will work. All of this activity supports the employability of our students and gives them that vital edge in gaining their first job.”

Previous recipients of Honorary Doctorates from NUA include the artist Colin Self, Bob the Builder creator Keith Chapman and Oscar-winning Harry Potter Production Designer Stuart Craig OBE.

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