Encouraging talent to flourish

Andrew Davidson is an alumnus and proactive supporter of the University of Brighton, regularly attending university events and endorsing our campaigns. He is one of a growing number of alumni who understand the merits of giving back to the university and inspiring fellow future alumni to succeed. Andrew is the generous sponsor of one of our Breakthrough Awards, which he has poignantly dedicated to recently deceased rising star Khadija Saye. Continue reading

Catch Dale’s art at the new Saatchi expo

Brighton alumnus Dale Lewis (Fine Art MA 2006) will be exhibiting in the upcoming Saatchi Gallery exhibition: ICONOCLASTS: Art out of the Mainstream. Dale’s work will feature in the exhibition which runs from 27 September 2017 to 7 January 2018.

Dale Lewis, Eurovision, 2015, Oil, acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 200 x 400 cm

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Elizabeth scoops top art award

Brighton alumna Elizabeth McCarten (Fine Art Printmaking BA(Hons) 2012) has won the Jackson’s Young Artist Award in this year’s Sunday Times Watercolour Competition.

Elizabeth is also a Royal Drawing School graduate. She collected her £500 prize for her ethereal watercolour, The Boboli Gardens and was credited by Jackson’s Art Supplies for her “measured, understated” painting which is “peppered with a delicate decorative quality”.

 

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Vulnerable students no longer have to stand alone

 

The University of Brighton recently became one of the first Higher Education Institutions in the south to sign the Stand Alone Pledge. The pledge is the brainchild of Becca Bland, Brighton alumna (Editorial Photography BA(Hons) 2006) and Chief Executive of UK charity, Stand Alone. Becca established the charity following her first-hand experience of being an estranged student – one who has no immediate family support network. Continue reading

From graduate scheme to being your own boss

Every graduate journey is different which is why we love hearing about them. We are especially grateful when our alumni return to campus to share their experiences with prospective students, as Brighton alumna Beki Gowing (Textile Design for Fashion BA(Hons) 2013) did during a summer open day at the School of Art. It was great to hear about Beki’s career since leaving university and the lessons she has learnt along the way. Continue reading

Arts alumnae reunite in China

University life brings a bounty of experiences, not just your qualifications – none more so than the strong friendships you forge with people from all over the world. We were delighted to hear from Brighton alumna Natalie Knowles (Sequential Design/Illustration MA 2009) who recently visited a fellow graduate, Yishi Fu (Arts and Design by Independent Project MA 2010) in China. Natalie shared her experience with us. Continue reading

Melanie’s success STORY

Brighton graduate Melanie Smith has reached the semi-finals of the UK’s largest business pitching competition for universities.

Melanie (left, pictured with Holly Price from Santander), who studied graphic communication, is through to the final stages of the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards 2017. She will go head-to-head against students and graduates from eight other universities, pitching her idea to a team of judges from Microsoft, Santander, Middlesex University and social enterprise app MeeTwo.

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Alumnus Alex debuts his first play, Trippin

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Next week, graduate Alex Canwell  (Music Production BA(Hons) 2011), debuts his inaugural play at the Printers Playhouse in Eastbourne (4–6 May). Alex tells us about more about the play and what inspired him to write it.

My years at the University of Brighton were a vibrant snakebite and alcopop-sodden affair. I arrived from an existence of punk squats at age 19, alive with cheap drugs and the loud sounds in London to do a BA in Music Production. Continue reading

Crafting comfort and confidence

Finola Maynard (MDes 3D Materials Practice (Wood, Metal, Ceramics and Plastic) 2014), founder of Pop-Up Pottery Creative Healing, has been shortlisted as one of five charitable projects for a competition on TV. The Pop-Up Pottery Creative Healing initiative is competing for funding in The People’s Project. The People’s Project is a partnership between the Big Lottery fund, ITV, STV and the National Lottery that gives the public a say in awarding National Lottery funding to local projects across the UK.

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