This lecture provided 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 for the second time (December 2017 being the first lecture) the students had a valuable and inspirational talk by Cornelia Parker OBE RA. The UK’s first ever female Election Artist has produced a collection of artworks for the Parliamentary Art Collection which are intended to reflect the tone and mood of 2017 election. The exhibition runs from February 2018 in Westminster Hall. Her work has featured regularly in the Tate Modern and other main art galleries worldwide.
Turner Prize nominee and member of the Royal Academy of Arts Hurvin Anderson gave an insightful account and reflections into his career and developing stylistic approach to painting. Rebecca Wright who is the leader of the Graphic Communication degree course at Central St Martins gave a highly informative and enlightening talk about the ways that Graphic Design can make a positive contribution to all walks of life and be used a tool for functionality. Simon Norfolk, who was recently listed in the top 50 all-time best photographers and who is soon to have his programme featured on BBC4, was originally educated in 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.