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Honorary Awards 2018

Multi award-winning costume designer, Sandy Powell OBE RDI; celebrated artist, Chila Kumari-Burman; queen of virtual reality, Resh Sidhu and the first female publisher in British Vogue’s 102 year-long history, Vanessa Kingori MBE are among 16 leading creative figures to be given honorary awards by UAL this year.

They will be recognised for their outstanding contributions to the creative industries at UAL’s Graduation Ceremonies at the Royal Festival Hall from 17 – 20 July 2018. The ceremonies will be streamed live on UAL’s website and live-tweeted under the hashtag #UALGrads.

The full list of Honoraries for 2018:

Portrait picture of Imran Amed
Imran Amed MBE, Honorary Doctor

Imran Amed MBE

Founder, CEO and editor-in-chief of fashion news authority The Business of Fashion.

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Clive Baillie, Honorary Fellow

Clive Baillie

Founding partner and CEO of BLT Communications, one of Los Angeles’ leading creative agencies specialising in entertainment marketing.

Portrait picture of Denise Scott Brown
Denise Scott Brown, Honorary Doctor

Denise Scott Brown

One of the world’s most pre-eminent architects and urbanists, pioneer of the postmodern movement in architecture, and Principal of Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates.

Portrait picture of Chila Kumari Burman
Chila Kumari Burman, Honorary Doctor

Chila Kumari Burman

The celebrated multi-media artist has been exhibiting for more than 30 years.

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Honorary Graduates: Jonathan Chippindale Honorary Doctor

Jonathan Chippindale

Founder and chief executive of Holition, an award-winning creative innovation studio marrying the world’s most iconic brands with technology and retail.

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Mark Coulier, Honorary Fellow

Mark Coulier

Multi-award winning make-up and prosthetics artist, behind film greats such as Harry Potter, The Iron Lady and The Grand Budapest Hotel.

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Theaster Gates Junior, Honorary Doctor

Theaster Gates Junior

Leading voice in contemporary art, whose work focuses on space theory and land development, sculpture and performance.

Portrait picture of Darren Henley OBE
Darren Henley OBE, Honorary Doctor

Darren Henley OBE

Award-winning journalist, author and chief executive of Arts Council England.

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Vanessa Kingori MBE, Honorary Doctor

Vanessa Kingori MBE

First female publisher in British Vogue’s 102 year-long history.

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Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho CBE, Honorary Doctor

Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho CBE

Businesswoman, philanthropist and co-founder of, instrumental to the UK’s dot com boom in the late 1990s.

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Linda Loppa, Honorary Doctor

Linda Loppa

Curator, art director and leading voice in international fashion education, spanning 25 years as head of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp.

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Mike Nelson, Honorary Fellow

Mike Nelson RA

Sculptor and installation artist, twice nominated for the Turner Prize.

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Sandy Powell OBE, RDI - Honorary Fellow

Sandy Powell OBE, RDI

Multi award-winning costume designer who has won three Oscars, two BAFTA Awards and a Costume Designers Guild Award.

Portrait picture of Resham Kaur Sidhu
Resham Kaur Sidhu, Honorary Doctor

Resham Kaur Sidhu

Deemed ‘Queen of VR’, multi award-winning creative director and thought leader across digital innovation, virtual reality and immersive media.

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Robert Storr, Honorary Doctor

Robert Storr

Renowned curator, critic, painter and writer, former senior curator of Painting and Sculpture at Museum of Modern Art.

Portrait picture of Gary Younge
Gary Younge, Honorary Doctor

Gary Younge

Acclaimed journalist, author, broadcaster and editor-at-large for The Guardian, covering some of the biggest stories of the last 25 years, from the Iraq War to Brexit.