This is a fantastic opportunity for students to access practicing professionals from across the creative industry live on stage delivering a personal lecture. Each year there are headliners, international artists and designers from a variety of backgrounds. They are always completely absorbing and at the pinnacle of their careers. This year the students had the pleasure of listening to David Mac – Turner Prize nominee and member of the Royal Academy of Arts as well as international installation artist. Stuart Pearson Wright- Portrait Artist extraordinaire- was superbly entertaining and insightful. He presented his work and his method, and his subjects have included Prince Philip. Also Simon Norfolk, who was recently listed in the top 50 of all- time best photographers and is soon to have his programme featured on BBC4. He originally studied Philosophy but diversified into documentary photography and has travelled the globe during his career. Simon Norfolk uses the lens to explore life’s big questions, including the effect of conflict on the physical and natural environment as well as on people and societies. He talked about how he works, the challenges, techniques and rewards. The grand finale was world renowned fashion designer Zandra Rhodes DBE, who provided a fascinating retrospective of her career from the 1960’s up to the present day, and who is still working in her 70’s. She is additionally responsible for the setting up of the Fashion and Textiles Museum in Bermondsey. Zandra Rhodes has designed for clients including Diana, Princess of Wales, Jackie Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor and Freddie Mercury. She was one of the new wave of designers who put London at the cutting edge of international fashion five decades ago, and her dramatic, glamorous and extrovert designs have inspired the fashion world ever since. Below are some images that illustrate the range of the work presented to our students at a truly inspiring event.