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Visiting Professors

Norwich University of the Arts appoints Visiting Professors whose achievements in the creative industries will enable them to provide valuable advice on academic or industry developments in relevant subject areas.

Adrian Wootton

Adrian Wootton holds a number of positions of influence in the British film industry including serving as Chief Executive of both Film London and the British Film Commission. He is an international lecturer, broadsheet writer, radio broadcaster, festival director, programme curator, book editor and biographer. He is also a member of BAFTA and the European Film Academy. Adrian lectures on a wide variety of film and literary subjects, most recently having curated a retrospective on the film career of Frank Sinatra and accompanied it with a series of lectures.

Andy Earle

Andy Earl is a renowned international portraiture photographer whose career has been focused in the music industry, where he has had his work featured on over 120 album covers. Pop artists he has photographed include Annie Lennox, Manic Street Preachers, Morrissey, Robbie Williams, Oasis, Prince and Mick Jagger. One of his most iconic images is his portrait of Johnny Cash which was famously used on the cover of Cash’s album American Recordings. Andy Earl has fulfilled commissions for Canon, Samsung, Deutsche Bank, the BBC and the British Army. He has also worked in moving image including creating 20 music videos including one for The Rolling Stones.

Anthony Hudson

Anthony Hudson founded the multi award-winning practice Hudson Architects in 2002. They have produced an extensive range of modern, innovative work, with projects including public buildings and spaces, urban and rural regeneration and landscape design. RIBA award-winning buildings from the practice include the Salvation Army Citadel, Chelmsford, Baggy House, Devon and OPEN in Norwich. As well as the expertise developed over 30 years working as a teacher and architect, Anthony has a keen interest in design, its impact on economic issues and the positive influence design can have on society. Anthony sits on Design Panels for Greater Norwich Development Partnership and Shape East.

Gina Jackson

Gina Jackson began working in games in 1992 producing many titles for developers and publishers and running a publishing studio for Infogrames. Her career in business development encompassed roles at Nokia, Kuju and Eidos where, as Head of Business Development, New Media she took the Eidos catalogue online through mobile, set-top boxes and digital distribution for both console and PC including the award winning Tomb Raider and Championship Manager mobile games. Gina has served as Chief Executive of the Women in Games Jobs network which works to recruit more women into the games industry and now runs her own games consultancy business Blushing Blue with clients including Sony, Powersnooker and Chromativity.

Gordon Beckett

“The preparation Norwich University of the Arts provides to cultivate employable graduates is proven by the number that have passed through the doors of The Sunday Times.”

Graham Creelman

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, including producer and director credits on a wide range of documentaries, including the award-winning special on Antarctica for Survival. This was Britain’s most successful documentary for overseas sales. During his tenure as Executive Director the company won over 50 awards including a Bafta Gold Medal. As Managing Director of Anglia Television he took overall charge of the company, latterly combining this with serving as Director of Regional Programming for the ITV Network. He has lectured at film schools in the Netherlands, Denmark and the UK and was awarded the OBE for services to Broadcasting in 2006.

Graham Rawle

Graham Rawle’s collage methodology developed from illustration and installation to literature and, more recently, film. Notable works include his book Woman’s World, a novel collaged from 40,000 fragments of text cut from the pages of vintage women’s magazines, and Lost Consonants, a series which appeared weekly in The Guardian for 15 years and in eight books.

N170 Lecture Series

Professor Graham Rawle Inaugural Lecture

This lecture traces the 30-year development of Graham Rawle’s collage methodology from illustration and installation to literature and, more recently, film. Through his work in visual narrative, Graham has developed a fascination with the principles of storytelling and the design of narrative form, specifically 3-act structure, as a paradigm that can be employed in the development of design strategies across a wide range of disciplines.

His talk referenced his book Woman’s World—a novel collaged from 40,000 fragments of text cut from the pages of vintage women’s magazines—Diary of an Amateur Photographer, The Card, and his latest work-in-progress, Overland. He discussed the interplay between text and image (or text as image) as a way to carry an additional narrative layer that is neither written nor illustrated, but emerges through the required reading of both to form a new language.

He also touched on such diverse topics as industrial camouflage, Hollywood set design, painting by numbers and Bruce Forsyth’s toupee.

Jim Sutherland

Studio Sutherl& was set up by Jim Sutherland in 2014 to be agile and playful. He has rebranded the Natural History Museum, Wimbledon Lawn Tennis, The Arts Society, Williams F1, Prostate Cancer UK, National Museums Scotland, Welsh National Opera, and Start-rite shoes. He has designed over 50 stamps to date for Royal Mail including the Agatha Christie set in 2016. Awards include 85 projects in D&AD, with eight nominations and five yellow pencils. He has judged D&AD eight times (as Foreman of the Branding Jury in 2016), as well as the Design Week, Creative Review, Loeries (SA), Kinsale, Roses, Fresh and ADNC awards.

He is a visiting Professor in Design at Norwich University of the Arts, and has given lectures at many UK universities. He has spoken at the Design Indaba in South Africa, the London Design Festival at the V&A, Birmingham Design Festival, Cheltenham Design Festival and Clerkenwell Design Week. He was on the D&AD Executive board from 2009 to 2012 and a governor at Norwich University of the Arts between 2010 and 2014. He is vice chair of The Typographic Circle.

Studio Sutherl& was the most awarded design studio at D&AD in 2017, and came number one in the Computer Arts UK studio rankings in 2017 and 2018.

Nichola Johnson

Nichola Johnson was Director of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts from 1994-2010, where she also established and directed both a postgrad Museum Studies programme and the Museum Leadership Programme. She is currently chair of the East Anglian Art Fund and a Trustee of the National Trust, Pallant House Gallery, Norwich Cathedral Fabric Committee, Norfolk and Norwich Festival, York Museums Trust, Dulwich Picture Gallery and the Ruskin Foundation.

Sean Perkins

Sean Perkins is a Founding Partner of London design agency North. Established in 1995, North builds corporate identities and constructs visual brand strategies, with recent commissions including West Kowloon Cultural District Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi Cultural District UAE, Arjo Wiggins Papers France, The Photographers Gallery, Barbican London and La Rinascente department stores Italy. Past clients have also included First Direct, RAC, The Royal Mint, Open University and Land Registry. Sean co-edited Surface – Contemporary Photographic Practice (1995) and authored Experience: Challenging Visual Indifference through New Sensory Experience (1994). He has been a judge for D&AD on several occasions and has lectured in around the world including in China, Germany, Spain and Italy.

Visiting Professor in Film and Moving Image – Adrian Wootton