NUA honorary doctorates are awarded in recognition of excellence and significant achievement in the fields of the art, design and media.
Professor Wendy Dagworthy OBE – Fashion
Sir Peter Bazalgette – Arts and Media
Phil Carter – Graphic Design
Graham Creelman OBE – Television Broadcasting and the development of NUA
Caroline Douglas – Arts
Tim Flach – Photography
David Juda – Arts
Professor Roger Ackling – Fine Art
Stuart Craig OBE – Design
Keith Chapman – Animation
Derrick Greaves – Fine Art
Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton – Arts Education
Brian Tattersfield – Graphic Design
Ana Maria Pacheco – Fine Art
Professor Bruce Black – Arts Education
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. After starting his career as a News Trainee at the BBC in 1977, he formed his own company Bazal Productions in 1987 and became Chairman of Endemol UK in 2002. Sir Peter has 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. Sir Peter has held a number of other influential roles including Chair of the Arts Council England, Chair of English National Opera and Deputy Chair of the National Film and Television School. He is also a former non-executive director of the Department for Culture, Media & Sport. Sir Peter is a published author and a columnist for the FT Weekend magazine. In 2016, he became non-executive Chairman of ITV.
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. She studied at Birmingham College of Art under Zandra Rhodes and began her career as a fashion illustrator before becoming a Design Assistant in 1973. In 1985, four years after she began designing in her own name, she was awarded British Designer of the Year. This was followed in 1987 with an MBE for her outstanding contribution to the British fashion industry and in 1988, she was made a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) by the Royal Society of Arts. 1991 saw the launch of her Betty Jackson flagship store in London. She has also 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. Betty is a patron of the charity Smartworks and is on the Board of Trustees for Intoart. She is also a member of the NUA Graduate Fashion Week selection panel.
Tess Jaray RA
For services to Fine Art and Fine Art Education, 2017
Born in Vienna, 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 in solo and group shows including at Jerwood Space, Royal Academy of Arts, Piper Gallery, the Serpentine Galleries and the Ashmolean Museum, as well as at NUA. Her work is featured in many public collections including the Arts Council Collection, British Museum, Tate, V&A, the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, the Museum of Fine Art in Budapest, Sundsvalls Museum in Sweden and the Western Australia Art Gallery. Renowned for her public art commissions, her distinctive patterned paving designs can be found in the new British Embassy in Moscow, Birmingham’s Centenary Square and the forecourt of Victoria Station in London. In 1995, she became an Honorary Fellow of RIBA and a Royal Academician (RA) in 2010. Tess has published two books of her own, Painting: Mysteries & Confessions: A Collection of Writings by Tess Jaray (2012) and The Blue Cupboard: Inspirations and Recollections (2014).
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. He began his career writing for sketch shows including Alas Smith and Jones, Harry Enfield and Chums and The Fast Show. His first big success was with the much-loved comedy series Father Ted (1995-1998), which he co-wrote and for which he won two British Academy Television Awards. He was also awarded a prestigious Writer’s Guild of Great Britain Award for his
work on the series. Graham’s next project was the cult comedy Black Books, which also won a British Academy Television Award in 2001. 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. His other credits include the television series Count Arthur Strong and an adaptation of the classic Ealing comedy The Ladykillers into a stage play. His current project is the highly anticipated new television comedy The Cloud, which he is collaborating on with Adam Buxton.
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.
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.
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, making use of new materials and construction techniques to pioneer permanent, energy efficient lightweight fabric structures.
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.
He is also a widely read writer and documentary maker on the arts, his Channel 4 series State of the Art featured artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Antony Gormley and Eric Fischl and was shown in more than 20 countries.
Graham Creelman OBE
For services to Television Broadcasting and the development of NUA, 2015
Graham Creelman is a filmmaker, broadcaster and media executive. An extensive career in broadcast journalism with the BBC and ITV encompassed news and political programming, before he took overall charge as Managing Director of Anglia Television from 1996 to 2006, latterly combining this with serving as Director of Regional Programming for the ITV Network.
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.
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. As recently-appointed Director of the Contemporary Art Society, Caroline works to bring private philanthropy to the support of cherished public collections in a time of significant cuts to arts funding.
Prior to that appointment, 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.
"Caroline is a leader of international significance in the field of national collections and her work as Head of the Arts Council Collections, where she was responsible for the acquisition for the nation of an extraordinary diversity of works, has set a new standard for heads of collections nationally, and beyond these shores."
Professor Neil Powell - Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at NUA
Laura Jordan Bambach
For services to Design, 2014
A Creative Partner at digital agency Mr President, Laura Jordan Bambach has worked at a senior level at 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.
"Often described as one of the key female digital practitioners of her generation, Laura is passionate about championing and encouraging women in design, creatively embracing digital technologies and engaging in design with a conscience."
Professor Hilary Carlisle - Dean of Arts and Design at NUA
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. She sits on the Computer Games Skills Council at Creative Skillset, represents PlayStation on the Association for UK Interactive Entertainment’s Next Gen industry advisory board and is an active member of the BAFTA Women Advisory Board.
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, 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.
For services to Fine Art, 2013
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.
"Hamish Fulton’s work as an artist of great originality and insight is renowned throughout the art world and across the world."
Professor Neil Powell - Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at NUA
Anne Tyrrell MBE
For services to Fashion, 2013
NUA alumna Anne Tyrell 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.
"If we were ever going to describe anyone as a doyenne of fashion, it would be Anne Tyrrell. 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."
Professor Hilary Carlisle - Dean of Arts and Design at NUA
For services to Film, 2012
Adrian Wootton has served as the Chief Executive of Film London, the body charged with developing and promoting the film and media industries in the capital, since 2003. Under his watch London film-making has risen a massive 30% with Film London in 2011 awarded a national inward investment remit delivered through the British Film Commission to attract and support the production of international feature films in the UK.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
Stuart Craig OBE
For services to Design, 2010
Norman Stuart Craig was born in Norfolk in 1942. He attended NUA before studying in London at the RCA. Amongst his achievements are 8 Academy Award Nominations, including three wins for ‘Gandhi’, ‘Dangerous Liaisons’, ‘The English Patient’, and 12 BAFTA nominations with wins for ‘The Elephant Man’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’.
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, 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, working with Dr Miklos Rajnai on oeuvre catalogues of John Sell Cotman.
After PhD research at the Courtauld Institute on Anglo/French interchange 1780-1830 she published ‘A Happy Eye, a history of Norwich School of Art 1830-1982’ in the context of the history of British Art Education.
She was a selector for the Arts Council’s British Art Show 1982/4 and in 1992 she was appointed editor of Artscribe International. 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. After studying under Bob Gill at the Royal College of Art, he entered the advertising business and was soon appointed as Art Director at Young & Rubicam. In 1964 he and Marcello Minale founded Minale, Tattersfield & Partners, quickly building a reputation as one of the most avant-garde design agencies in London.
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 is an artist, perhaps best known for her multi-figure sculptures in wood. She studied Sculpture and Music at the University of Goias, conducted postgraduate study at the University of Brazil before returning to Goias as a lecturer at the School of Fine Arts and School of Architecture.
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.
She has also exhibited in Trondheim, New York, the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes and the Museu de Arte in Rio de Janeiro. Her most famous works include the sculptures Man and his Sheep and Dark Night of the Soul.
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.
By 1964 he was showing at the cutting edge Robert Fraser Gallery and by 1968 was producing technically groundbreaking prints with Editions Alecto. 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.
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.
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