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Honorary Fellows

We have awarded Honorary Fellowships to staff, alumnus and persons who have made a significant contribution to the fields of arts, design, media and performance

Honorary Fellows

An Honorary Fellowship is a highly prestigious award which we can bestow to persons who have connected with Art University Bournemouth and made a significant contribution to the field of arts, design, media or performance in a professional capacity or an educational role. You can see our Honorary Fellows below.

1998-2019 Honorary Fellows

Dame Vivienne Westwood DBE

Dame Vivienne Westwood is a British fashion designer, best known for her work in bringing punk and new wave fashion to the wider public.

Awarded a DBE by Her Majesty The Queen in 2006 for her contributions to British fashion, Dame Westwood began her professional design career in 1971, working alongside visual artist and Sex Pistols manager, Malcolm McLaren, to create their iconic Chelsea-based boutique clothing store, Sex.

After spending a decade working across the British avant-garde fashion industry, Dame Westwood unveiled her first catwalk presentation at London’s Olympia in 1981, and continued to innovate by taking inspiration from 17th and 18th century art for her designs.

Dame Westwood, who is married to long-term design partner Andreas Kronthaler, has used her collections and shows as a platform to campaign for positive activism, often highlighting the effects of climate change and over-consumption.

Her brand Vivienne is one of the last independent global fashion companies in the world, with a focus on creating imaginative and thought-provoking clothing, while raising awareness of environmental and human right issues.

Peter Lord CBE

Peter Lord is co-owner and Creative Director of Aardman Animations where he pioneered techniques in motion animation using clay puppets. He was awarded a CBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2005.

Formed with long-term collaborator David Sproxton in 1972, the company first found success with clay character Morph, who starred in his own series, The Amazing Adventures of Morph, after which the company produced TV series Shaun the Sheep and Creature Comforts, as well as feature films Chicken Run, Arthur Christmas, and the Wallace and Gromit series of films.

Peter is also credited with ensuring the long term independence of the studio, with Aardman Productions becoming an employee owned business in 2018, in order to secure the creative legacy and culture of the company for future generations.

Mike Davies CBE

Mike Davies is an architect who was awarded a CBE in 2000 by Her Majesty The Queen and has been an architect for some of the country’s most well-recognised buildings, including the Millennium Done (now Wembley’s O2), and the Terminal 5 Project, located at London’s Heathrow Airport.

Mike’s work has seen him found lightweight structures design practice, Chrysalis Architects, and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, as well as forming the Richard Rogers Partnership, where he worked on Lloyd’s of London and INMOS in Newport, the UK Government’s microchip venture.

Mike also designed Paris’ iconic Pompidou Centre, for which he was bestowed France’s highest order of merit as Chevalier of the Legion D’Honneur by French President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2010.

Dougie Scarfe

Dougie Scarfe became Chief Executive of the highly-acclaimed Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) in 2012, after pursuing a lifelong career in orchestral music.

After studying at the Royal Northern College of Music, Dougie’s performing career was prematurely cut short after a playing-related jaw condition. In 2006, Dougie became Chorus & Orchestra Director of Opera North, and is widely credited with transforming their concert and recording programme.

Dougie is passionate about raising the profile of music education, and creating opportunities for young people to learn and experience live music of all genres, having played an important role in the founding of Yorkshire Young Musicians (YMM), a charity tasked with training talented young musicians.

Edgar Wright

Edgar Wright is a Poole-born director, screenwriter and producer now working in Hollywood. In 1994 he received a National Diploma in Audio Visual Design from Arts University Bournemouth, then known as Bournemouth and Poole College of Art.

He made his first feature film, A Fistful of Fingers in 1995 then turned his attention to television, directing Spaced for Channel 4. This was the start of his iconic collaboration with Simon Pegg and the pair co-wrote Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End.

Edgar also co-wrote and directed Scott Pilgrim v. the World as well as co-writing The Adventures of Tintin for director Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson. His latest film, Baby Driver, earned several award nominations including Best Editing, Sound Mixing and Sound Editing at the Academy Awards, Best Soundtrack at the Grammy’s and won Best Editing at the BAFTAs.

Dame Darcey Bussell DBE

Dame Darcey Bussell DBE is the most famous British ballet dancer of her generation. She trained at The Royal Ballet School before joining The Royal Ballet in 1988 and was promoted to Principal a year later.

During her career, she danced more than 80 different roles including 18 made for her and retired in 2007. She is now a patron of 14 charities, including being President of the Royal Academy of Dance, Campaign President of the Birmingham Royal Ballet and the overseas Parton of the Sydney Dance Company.

Among her many other activities, she is a judge on Strictly Come Dancing, presents The Royal Ballet’s worldwide cinema simulcasts and is a Principal coach at The Royal Ballet. She has also made documentaries on dance including her “Looking For Series” with the BBC. Dame Darcey was awarded a CBE in 2007 and made a Dame Commander in 2018.

Jenny Beavan OBE

Jenny Beavan OBE is an English costume designer and two-time Oscar winner. After being a pupil at Putney High School in the late 1960s she went on to study at London’s Central School for Art and Design.

In the 1970s she worked on set design for London theatrical productions before starting her long relationship with Merchant Ivory productions, beginning with the film Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie’s Pictures.

She has frequently worked with costume designer John Bright, who runs the costume-rental house Cosprop, and credits him with educating her as she was starting out her career.

Jenny is known for her work on Gosford Park, Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Kings Speech and Christopher Robin. She won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design for both A Room with a View and Mad Max: Fury Road.

Margaret Calvert OBE

Margaret Calvert OBE RDI is a graphic designer and typographer best known for designing Britain’s road signing system.Born in South Africa, she moved to Britain in 1950 and completed a four-year National Diploma in Design course at Chelsea School of Art, specialising in Illustration and Printmaking.

After Chelsea, one of her tutors, Jock Kinneir, made her his assistant to work on the graphics and signs for Gatwick Airport before the pair achieved world renown in 1965 for their iconic road signs. She also worked at the Royal College of Art from 1967 to 2001 as a part-time tutor and was Head of Graphic Design between 1986 and 1990.

Margaret was elected a Royal Designer for Industry in 2011 and in 2016 was awarded an OBE for Services to Typography and Road Safety as well as the Sir Misha Black Medal for Distinguished Services to Design Education.

  • Lord Norman Foster OM, Architect and Founder and Executive Chairman of Foster + Partners
  • Betty Jackson CBE, Fashion Designer
  • Darren Henley OBE, Chief Executive of Arts Council England

  • Sebastian Conran, Designer for Conran & Partners
  • Jane Law, Costume Cutter and Designer
  • Christopher Bailey MBE, Chief Creative Officer at Burberry

  • Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director of the Crafts Council
  • Sue Lyster, Director of Operations, Industrial Light and Magic
  • Sarah Parish, Actress
  • Martin Roth, Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum

  • Dr. Lucy Kimbell, Designer, Researcher and Educator
  • Professor Helen Storey, MBE, Artist and Designer

  • Pete Fowler, Artist and monster creator
  • Mat Hunter, Chief Design Officer, Design Council
  • Dave Alex Riddett, Cinematographer, Aardman Animations
  • Nick Dudman, Special Make–up Effects artist

  • Lucy Orta, Contemporary Visual Artist
  • Morag Myerscough, Graphic Designer
  • Paul Elliot, Theatre Producer and ‘King of Pantomime’
  • Terence Davies, Screen Writer, Film Director, Novelist and Actor

  • Chris Britton / Forkbeard Fantasy, Multi-Media Theatre Company
  • Caryn Franklin, Writer and Presenter
  • Platon, Photographer
  • Bob & Roberta Smith, Contemporary British Artist

  • Neill Gorton, Prosthetics Artist
  • Greta Scacchi, Actress
  • Gunther Kress, Professor of Semiotics
  • Michaël Dudok de Wit, Animator and Illustrator

  • Roger Dean, Illustrator and Designer
  • Linda Mattock, Costume Designer
  • Philip Townsend, Photographer

  • Professor Sir Peter Cook RA, Architect
  • Stuart Craig, Production Designer
  • Nigel Beale, AUB Chairman

  • Jacques Azagury, Fashion Designer
  • John Makepeace OBE, Cabinetmaker and Designer

  • Frank Bowling OBE RA, Artist
  • Lewis Gilbert OBE, Film Producer and Director (deceased)
  • Mary Mullin, Design Specialist
  • Nigel Trow, Photographer, Author and AUB Governor

  • Grenville Davey, Artist and Sculptor
  • Lesley Morris, Designer and Academic

  • Huw Penalt Jones, Film Producer
  • Cherrill Scheer, Furniture Designer
  • Karl Weschke, Artist (deceased)

  • Basil Beattie, Artist
  • Chris Briscoe, Creative Director
  • Bruno Gaumetou, Animator
  • Carol Lingwood, Costume Designer
  • Flavia Swann, Design Historian
  • Alison Wilding, Sculptor

  • Clive Juster, Animation Producer and AUB Governor
  • Ian McKeever, Artist
  • Martyn Rowlands, Designer (deceased)
  • Paul Watson, Filmmaker and AUB Governor

  • Michael Harvey, Typographer and AUB Governor
  • Ossie Morris OBE, Cinematographer
  • Wolfgang Tillmans, Artist, Photographer and AUB Alumnus

  • David Bradley, AUB Governor
  • Andy Earl, Photographer and AUB Governor
  • Professor Simon Olding, Museum Curator and Director
  • Alan Plater, Scriptwriter (deceased)
  • Chris Windsor, Modelmaker (deceased)
  • Gary Cook, Illustrator
  • Jean Hunnisett, Costume Designer (deceased)
  • Ken Morse, Film Cameraman
  • Daphne Teague, Fashion Designer and AUB Governor
  • Nick Knight, Photographer and AUB alumnus
  • Suri Krishnamma, Filmmaker and AUB alumnus
  • John Millward, AUB Governor