|2020||Hilary Alexander OBE – Fashion|
Professor Sonia Boyce OBE, RA – Fine Art
Adam Gee – Film and Television
Dr Richard Wilson OBE, FRSA – Games
|2019||Gina Jackson – Games|
Wayne Hemingway MBE – Design
Vicken Parsons – Fine Art
Daniel Greaves – Animation
|2018||Professor Wendy Dagworthy OBE – Fashion|
Karsten Schubert – Curation and Fine Art
Paul Franklin – Film and Visual Effects
Amanda Nevill CBE FRSA – Film and Photography
|2017||Sir Peter Bazalgette – Arts and Media|
Betty Jackson CBE RDI – Fashion and Fashion Education
Tess Jaray RA – Fine Art and Fine Art Education
Graham Linehan – Film and Television
|2016||Phil Carter – Graphic Design|
The Lord Bishop of Norwich, the Right Reverend Graham James – Arts
Orla Kiely OBE – Textile Design
Brett Rogers OBE – Photography
|2015||Graham Creelman OBE – Television Broadcasting and the development of NUA|
Sir Michael Hopkins CBE – Architecture and Architectural Innovation
Sandy Nairne CBE – Museums, Curatorship and Arts Education
|2014||Caroline Douglas – Arts|
Laura Jordan Bambach – Design
Dr Maria Stukoff – Media
|2013||Tim Flach – Photography|
Hamish Fulton – Fine Art
Anne Tyrrell MBE – Fashion
|2012||David Juda – Arts|
Graham Rawle – Design
Adrian Wootton OBE – Film
|2011||Professor Roger Ackling – Fine Art|
Gordon Beckett – Graphic Design
|2010||Stuart Craig OBE – Design|
Susan Tuckett – Arts Education
|2009||Keith Chapman – Animation|
Professor Roger Wilson – Arts Education
|2008||Derrick Greaves – Fine Art|
Dr John Maddison – Fine Art
|2005||Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton – Arts Education|
|2003||Brian Tattersfield – Graphic Design|
|2002||Ana Maria Pacheco – Fine Art|
|2001||Professor Bruce Black – Arts Education|
Colin Self – Fine Art
Hilary Alexander OBE
For services to UK Fashion
Renowned journalist and broadcaster Hilary Alexander’s storied 50-year career in journalism has made her one of the most recognised and respected voices in fashion writing and broadcasting. As first fashion editor and then fashion director at the Daily Telegraph until 2003, Hilary was twice named Journalist of the Year at the British Fashion Awards. She became a regular commentator on trends and style on television across the BBC, ITV, and Channel 4 programmes. In May 2001, she was awarded the title Visiting Professor by the University of the Arts London and is currently President of the Graduate Fashion Foundation, the charity behind Graduate Fashion Week. She is editor-at-large for Hello Fashion Monthly.
Hilary was appointed an OBE in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to fashion journalism.
Professor Sonia Boyce OBE, RA
For services to Fine Art
Professor Sonia Boyce’s work explores the intersection of race, gender, and class – inviting audience engagement and interrogating representation. Her portfolio breaks ground with firsts. The first work by a Black woman to be acquired for the Tate’s permanent collection (her drawing, Missionary Position II, 1985); the first Black female Royal Academician elected in 2016; the first Black woman to selected to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale in 2022. Sonia’s art spans disciplines and media: from performance to printmaking; photography to drawing. There is collaboration and improvisation. Sonia was formerly a Professor of Fine Arts at Middlesex University and is now Professor of Black Art and Design at University of the Arts London. She was made an MBE in the Birthday Honours in 2007 and appointed an OBE in the 2019 New Year’s Honours for services to Art.
For services to Film and Television
Adam Gee has the reputation as a producer and commissioning editor who pushes the boundaries of digital interactive and online media. Adam has won more than 90 international awards for his productions, including five BAFTAs, an Emmy, a Guardian Media Innovation Award, two Royal Television Society Innovation Awards, and the Grand Award at the New York International Film & Television Festival. The Guardian described him as “Channel 4’s resident digital creative wizard”. In his role as the Channel 4’s commissioning editor he helped to establish the channel as a global leader in TV-centred multiplatform through commissions such as ‘Embarrassing Bodies’ multiplatform, ‘Big Fish Fight’, ‘Don’t Stop the Music’, ‘Landshare’, ‘One Born Every Minute’ and ‘Jamie’s Dream School’. He went on to be the first commissioning editor of original programming at Little Dot Studios for a global audience on the Real Stories documentaries channel. He is currently a Commissioning Editor and New Talent Consultant at Red Bull Media House. Adam has served on BAFTA’s Television and Interactive Entertainment committees and is a voting member of the European Film Academy. He was an advisor to the UK government’s Byron Review of Children and New Technology published in 2008.
Dr Richard Wilson OBE, FRSA
For services to the UK Games Industry
Dr Richard Wilson is Chief Executive of TIGA, the network for games developers and digital publishers and the trade association representing the UK’s fast-growing video games industry. Richard’s ambition is for the UK to be the best place in the world to develop games. He played a leading role in the successful campaign for Video Games Tax Relief, a measure which is creating scores of studios, thousands of jobs and millions of pounds of investment in the sector – spurring faster growth than the economy at large. He introduced the TIGA University Accreditation System to help support the next generation of games designers and developers and promote best practice and developed the annual TIGA Games Industry Awards. Prior to joining TIGA, Richard was Head of Business Policy at the Institute of Directors. Richard is a Vice President of the charity SpecialEffect, a trustee of the BGI (the British Games Institute), a member of the Video Games Skills Council and has served as a non-executive director of the European Game developers’ Federation. He was appointed an OBE in the 2018 New Years Honours for services to the video game industry.
For services to the UK Games Industry, 2019
Gina Jackson is Head of Games at The Imaginarium, a creative studio that contributed performance capture to blockbuster movies including Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She has been listed among the games industry’s 100 most influential women since 2013 and has served as Chief Executive of Women in Games. Gina is a Visiting Professor of Games Industry and Business at Norwich University of the Arts, a patron of Norwich Gaming Festival, and has been a judge of various prestigious awards, from the TIGAs to the BAFTAs.
Wayne Hemingway MBE
For services to the UK Design Industry, 2019
One day in 1981 on Camden Market, Wayne and his wife Gerardine decided to create the Red or Dead fashion label. The brand achieved global recognition before being sold in a multi-million pound deal in 1999. Wayne has served as a Design Council trustee, advisor to Parliamentary committees on coastal regeneration, and as a Design Advocate to the Mayor of London. He was appointed an MBE in the 2006 Queen’s Birthday Honours, is a Professor in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment at Northumbria University, and holds honorary awards and fellowships from six UK universities.
For services to Fine Art, 2019
Vicken Parsons is an internationally acclaimed artist and sculptor who studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London from 1975 to 1979 and is now represented by Alan Cristea. Examples of Vicken’s work are held in the Tate, the Belvedere Museum collection, the UK Government Art Collection, the Arts Council Collection, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art’s collection and the Jerwood Foundation. Vicken also generously supports emerging artists’ development through the High House residency scheme. Each year, two NUA Fine Art graduates have the opportunity to live and create their own responses to the natural environment of her home and studios in rural west Norfolk.
For services to the UK Animation Industry, 2019
Oscar-winner Daniel Greaves is an internationally renowned animator and director who has won more than 100 awards for his films and commercials for blue chip brands and household names like Marmite, Ribena, Tesco, Schweppes, British Airways and Expedia. His short film, Manipulation, won an Academy Award for Best Short Animated Feature and a European Cartoon D’Or in 1992. His films Flatworld and Little Things were both nominated for BAFTAs. Honorary Fellowship also has a personal resonance for Daniel; his father, the painter Derrick Greaves, was Head of Printmaking at NUA from 1983-91 and is an Honorary Doctor of the University.
For services to Curation and Fine Art, 2018
Karsten Schubert opened his first gallery in London in 1986 and has been at the vanguard of promoting the work of emerging talent and established artists ever since. His gallery was among the first to showcase the early work of the Young British Artists and has exhibited a diverse body of work: from Bridget Riley to Rachel Whiteread, Glenn Brown, Michael Craig-Martin and Gerhard Richter.
Professor Wendy Dagworthy OBE
For services to Fashion, 2018
Wendy Dagworthy has been at the forefront of British fashion and fashion education for the last 40 years since opening her first business in 1972. She has made a significant contribution to fashion education and was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours in 2011 for services to the fashion industry.
For services to Film and Visual Effects (VFX), 2018
Not only is Paul Franklin the co-founder of DNEG, one of the world’s largest digital effects studios, but he is also a double Oscar-winner, having created some of the most memorable visual effects sequences in recent cinema history. Paul’s work on the Christopher Nolan movie, Inception, saw him win both an Academy Award and BAFTA for Best Special Visual Effects in 2010.
Amanda Nevill CBE FRSA
For services to Film and Photography, 2018
Amanda Nevill is at the forefront of supporting and promoting the British film industry at home and abroad. As Chief Executive of the British Film Institute (BFI), Amanda oversees a wide range of cultural, educational and economic initiatives and allocates lottery funds to help new film projects take flight. An Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Amanda was awarded a CBE for services to the film industry in 2015.
Sir Peter Bazalgette
For services to the Arts and Media, 2017
Sir Peter Bazalgette is one of the most influential producers to have worked in the UK independent television sector, having created a number of hugely successful television shows, including Ready Steady Cook, Big Brother and Deal or No Deal. In 2000, he was awarded the Fellowship by the British Academy for Film and Television Arts and in 2010 he became President of the Royal Television Society.
Betty Jackson CBE RDI
For services to Fashion and Fashion Education, 2017
Betty Jackson is one of the most respected and internationally acclaimed British designers of her generation. Since launching her flagship store in London in 1991 she has collaborated with Debenhams and Marks and Spencer and was named Contemporary Designer of the Year at the London Fashion Awards in 1999. In 2005, Betty was appointed a trustee of the V&A and received a CBE in 2007.
Tess Jaray RA
For services to Fine Art and Fine Art Education, 2017
Tess Jaray is a London-based painter and printmaker. She studied at St Martin’s School of Art and at the Slade School of Art where she also taught between 1968 and 1999. Tess has exhibited her work extensively and her work is featured in many public collections including the Arts Council Collection, British Museum, Tate and V&A. In 1995, she became an Honorary Fellow of RIBA and a Royal Academician (RA) in 2010.
For services to Film and Television, 2017
Graham Linehan is an award-winning writer, director, actor, producer and creator of some of the most popular and critically acclaimed television comedy shows in recent times, including the much-loved comedy series Father Ted (1995-1998), which he co-wrote and for which he won two British Academy Television Awards. He went on to write and direct the hit Channel 4 series The IT Crowd which was awarded a British Academy Television Award in 2009, and in 2014 he was awarded a British Academy Television Craft Award for the series.
For services to Graphic Design, 2016
Phil Carter established award winning digital design and brand agency, Carter Wong, with Phil Wong in 1984, having completed a two year Foundation Course at Great Yarmouth College of Art, achieving a First at the Norwich School of Art and an MA at The Royal College of Art. Carter Wong has been responsible for some of the world’s most recognisable and memorable global identities such as Unilever’s ice cream Heartbrand and the Formula 1 World Championship logo for F1.
Rt Revd Graham James
For services to the Arts, 2016
Bishop Graham was enthroned as Bishop of Norwich in 2000 following an impressive career in a variety of roles across the UK. For more than a decade Bishop Graham has sponsored The Bishop’s Art Prize, open to students at NUA, and which has gained a fine reputation. He has supported Norwich Cathedral as a venue for the arts, and written contributions for various art catalogues about religious art. More recently he has sponsored a Bishop’s Prize for Music, directed towards the encouragement of young composers.
Orla Kiely OBE
For services to Textile Design, 2016
Orla Kiely is an internationally acclaimed fashion designer and founder of Orla Kiely, and co-founder of the Orla Kiely Partnership, now Kiely Rowan PLC. Orla graduated in textile design from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. She then worked in New York as a fabric and wallpaper designer before moving to London where she worked as a print designer for Esprit. She went on to gain an MA from the Royal College of Art after which she was commissioned by Harrods to produce a range of hats.
Brett Rogers OBE
For services to Photography, 2016
Brett Rogers was appointed Director of The Photographers’ Gallery in November 2005, following 30 years playing an instrumental role in establishing photography as a leading art form in the UK and internationally. In her current role Brett has led an ambitious £9.2 million capital campaign to further establish its position as the UK’s leading centre for international and British photography.
Graham Creelman OBE
For services to Television Broadcasting and the development of NUA, 2015
Graham Creelman is a filmmaker, broadcaster and media executive with an extensive career in broadcast journalism with the BBC and ITV. Graham has also worked tirelessly on behalf of the University as Pro Chancellor, a Visiting Professor in Media and, from 2003, serving on the board of governors. He became Chair of Council from 2007 until 2013 during which time he played an instrumental role in the University’s acquisition of taught degree awarding powers and university status.
Sir Michael Hopkins CBE
For services to Architecture and Architectural Innovation, 2015
Sir Michael is one of the leading figures in British architecture. His buildings include the Mound Stand at Lords Cricket Ground, Portcullis House at Westminster, the London 2012 Velodrome and the Forum in Norwich. Sir Michael entered into partnership with Norman Foster at Foster Associates before going on to set up a practice with his wife Patricia in 1976 which became one of Britain’s leading proponents of high-tech architecture. Sir Michael was elected to the Royal Academy in 1992 and, in 1994, received with his wife the Royal Institute of British Architects Royal Gold Medal.
Sandy Nairne CBE
For services to Museums, Curatorship and Arts Education, 2015
Sandy Nairne has enjoyed a long and esteemed career in galleries and museums, including roles at the Museum of Modern Art, Tate, the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Visual Arts Department of the Arts Council. As Director of the National Portrait Gallery from 2002 to 2014 he was responsible for overseeing the overall strategic direction of the gallery, its public programme and promoting its work in Britain and abroad.
Laura Jordan Bambach
For services to Design, 2014
A Creative Partner at digital agency Mr President, Laura Jordan Bambach has worked for a number of creative companies including I-D Media London, LBi and Dare. Laura is recognised for her commitment to social responsibility and in 2007 she co-founded SheSays, an organisation that educates, promotes and inspires women to take up digital creative careers. Since 2013 Laura has served as President of D&AD, a non-profit organisation which celebrates the finest work in design and advertising and runs the annual New Blood competition for students.
For services to the Arts, 2014
With over 20 years of experience in contemporary art, Caroline Douglas has made a significant impact in documenting the development of contemporary art collection. Caroline served for eight years as head of the Arts Council Collection where she was responsible for securing key acquisitions by prominent artists including Jeremy Deller, Gary Hume, Wolfgang Tillmans and Grayson Perry, developing new partnerships – including with the National Trust and Christie’s – and providing advocacy and support for emerging talent.
Dr Maria Stukoff
For services to Media, 2014
In her role as Head of Academic Development at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Dr Maria Stukoff leads the company’s academic development programme PlayStation®First – the programme’s provision of licences for universities and academic groups is unique in the level of access it offers to full PlayStation software and development hardware for teaching purposes. Dr Stukoff’s work in collaboration with games industry agencies has been instrumental in developing skill investment funds and attracting new talent to the industry.
For services to Photography, 2013
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 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.
For services to Fine Art, 2013
An artist and photographer whose practice spans five decades, Hamish Fulton is known as the ‘Walking Artist’. 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.
Anne Tyrrell MBE
For services to Fashion, 2013
NUA alumna Anne Tyrell won 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. In 2008 she was awarded the MBE for her contribution to the British Fashion Industry.
For services to the Arts, 2012
David Juda is a gallerist of international significance. His commercial and curatorial work at the Annely Juda Gallery in London has elevated it to become one of the most celebrated and successful galleries in the world. The gallery has introduced audiences to the work of significant artists such as Hockney, Christo, Caro, Kossoff and Roger Ackling, and is present at all of the world’s major art fairs including Basel, Frieze in London, FIAC in Paris and Art Basel Miami Beach.
For services to Design, 2012
Graham Rawle is an illustrator best known for his Lost Consonants series, which ran in The Guardian for 15 years. In 2009 he won Book Design of the Year at the British Book Design and Production Awards for his reinterpretation of The Wizard of Oz. Graham has lectured at universities around the country and his work has been analysed extensively for academic research purposes.
For services to Film, 2012
Adrian Wootton served as the Chief Executive of Film London since 2003. In 2012 Adrian accepted a Visiting Professorship at NUA where students of Film and Moving Image Production and Animation are benefitting from his input on the direction of their curriculum and hear him lecture regularly on the UK film and television industries.
Professor Roger Ackling
For services to Fine Art, 2011
During a long and distinguished career Professor Roger Ackling had over 100 major solo exhibitions worldwide, including showing extensively in Japan during the 1980s. His sculptural installations explore spiritual and poetic themes and provide insight into the material world. He maintained a relationship with NUA spanning five decades as a visiting lecturer, Research Fellow and an important member of the University’s governing body.
For services to Graphic Design, 2011
An alumnus of NUA who was raised in Great Yarmouth, Gordon Beckett has worked for the Sunday Times for 33 years and has held the post of Design Editor since 1988. Gordon has maintained a close relationship with the University, returning as a guest lecturer, offering work placements to students and employing alumni, who continue to make a substantial contribution to the output of the Sunday Times each week.
Stuart Craig OBE
For services to Design, 2010
Norman Stuart Craig was born in Norfolk in 1942 where he attended NUA before studying in London at the RCA. Amongst his achievements are 8 Academy Award Nominations. He was Production Designer on every Harry Potter film and designed Harry Potter World at Universal Orlando at JK Rowling’s request. He has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award by the Art Director’s Guild.
For services to Arts Education, 2010
Susan Tuckett served as Principal between 2001 and 2008 and oversaw the institution’s achievement of University College status in her final year in the post. Susan is a distinguished Textile designer and artist.
For services to Animation, 2009
British Animation legend Keith Chapman is the creator of worldwide successes such as Bob The Builder, Roary The Racing Car and Fifi and the Flowertots. An alumnus of NUA, he heads Chapman Entertainment in Altrincham in Cheshire, an award-winning studio specialising in the creation, production and IP management of a string of successful children’s animations which have gone on to achieve international broadcast in 148 countries.
For services to Arts Education, 2005
Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton trained as an art historian under Professor Peter Lasko at the University of East Anglia and became Assistant Keeper of Art at Norwich Castle Museum. She was a Member of Goldsmiths’ Council 2000-2006 and was National Director of Visual Arts, Art Council England 1993-2006. Marjorie has been President AICAUK (International Association of Art Critics) since 2009 and a Trustee of City and Guilds of London Art School since 2011.
Professor Brian Tattersfield
For services to Graphic Design, 2003
Professor Tattersfield is a graphic designer and founding partner of Minale Tattersfield. Their first high-profile project was to create Harrods’ visual identity and their client list grew to include the FA Premier League and the Sydney Olympic Games. By the time Brian retired the company had become a major international agency. He has served as an external examiner with NUA and as a member of the Board of Governors.
Ana Maria Pacheco
For services to Fine Art, 2002
Ana Maria Pacheco studied Sculpture and Music at the University of Goias and conducted postgraduate study at the University of Brazil. In 1973 she won a scholarship to Slade School of Fine Art in London where she studied under Reg Butler until 1975 when she was appointed Head of Fine Art at NUA (then Norwich School of Art). By the early 1980s her growing reputation led to exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery, the British Museum and the National Gallery.
Professor Bruce Black
For services to Arts Education, 2001
Professor Black was appointed as Principal of NUA (then Norwich School of Art and Design) in 1988. He was a key player in the establishment of NUA’s partnership of regional colleges and was awarded a Professorship in Art and Design in 1993. He is a successful exhibiting artist in his own right.
For services to Fine Art, 2001
Colin Self came to prominence with the pop art scene of the 1960s and is now recognised as an important and innovative artist. He attended the Slade School from 1961 to 1963 and at this time, got to know David Hockney and Peter Blake, who began to collect his work. His engagement with Cold War politics and the nuclear threat gave his work a sinister mood and political edge that was distinct from the mainstream of pop art.
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