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Honorary Doctorates for Film London Chief, Guardian illustrator and renowned gallerist

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) awarded three Honorary Doctorates to reward excellence in the fields of the arts, design and media as part of its 2012 graduation ceremonies in St Andrews Hall, Norwich.

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David Juda receives his Honorary Doctorate at the NUA graduation ceremonies

Undergraduate and postgraduate students donned gowns and mortarboards to collect their degree certificates alongside three celebrated individuals who addressed the students in three ceremonies taking place throughout the day. Film London Chief Executive Adrian Wootton, illustrator Graham Rawle and gallerist David Juda of the Annely Juda Gallery addressed the assembled students, their families and NUA staff.

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Adrian Wootton (R) with Keith Bartlett, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Quality and Research) and Dean of Media at NUA

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 last year 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. Earlier this year 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.

Keith Bartlett, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Quality and Research) and Dean of Media, says: “As well as film strategy, Adrian lectures, broadcasts and curates on a wide variety of film and literary subjects. His input has been sought by festivals, theatre programmes, radio broadcasts and print publications and he recently co-ordinated the film and television components of the international Dickens 2012 celebrations. I know of no-one else with his sheer appetite for watching, reading, and writing about movies, books and music, and he brings the passion of a fan to his work.”

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Graham Rawle (R) with Dr Hilary Carlisle, Dean of Arts and Design at NUA

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 while another of his books, Woman’s World, is currently being made into a feature film. Graham has lectured at universities around the country and his work has been analysed extensively for academic research purposes.

Dr Hilary Carlisle, Dean of Arts and Design, says: “Graham is a great supporter of NUA’s BA Illustration course and his passion and dedication for his work and his commitment to precision and detail is inspiring. Graham doesn’t follow trends, he follows his creative instincts and his creativity and inventiveness present us with a unique vision.”

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David Juda (R) with Neil Powell, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience) at NUA

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 later this year Art Basel Miami Beach.

Neil Powell, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience), says: “David’s work as a gallerist of great insight, his honesty and integrity are renowned throughout the art world. His expertise and continuing association with NUA is highly valued as we engage our students with the wider context of contemporary art in a global market.”

Professor John Last, Vice-Chancellor of NUA, commended the high standard of graduate work which supports students securing employment. “Increasingly graduation is a day for the whole institution to celebrate the range and talent of artists and designers the University College is helping to foster and develop. We hope our graduates will have as distinguished careers as our Honorary Doctors who we honour today. We are delighted to be joined by David Juda, who receives a doctorate for services to fine art and curation, Graham Rawle for services to illustration and Adrian Wootton for services to film and television.”

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

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