Our alumni success

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Recent graduates

MA Children's Book Illustration alumnus Maisie Shearring won the International Award for Illustration at the annual Bologna Children's Book Fair in Italy, the largest and most prestigious children's book event in the world. Her project Susan's School Days landed her US$30,000 and the opportunity to illustrate a book published by the SM Group.

Another recent MA Children's Book Illustration graduate Dan Ungureanu was runner-up in the Student Illustrator of the Year category of the V&A Illustration Awards 2015 for his work Nara and the Island. The awards are organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design.

MA Fine Art alumnus Kavinash Thomoo was selected as one of six artists to represent Mauritius for the 2015 Venice Biennale. Kavniash exhibited his video projection '...again and again' at the Biennale, which has been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world for over a century.

David Barrow and Matty Long, who graduated from Anglia Ruskin’s MA Children’s Book Illustration course, made the shortlist for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016 for their books Have You Seen Elephant? (Gecko Press) and Super Happy Magic Forest (Oxford University Press). The 2015 shortlist featured three graduates from the course (Suzanne Barton, Victoria Turnbull and Steve Anthony) as did the 2014 shortlist (Courtney Dicmas, Elys Doran and Gemma Merino).

Films by BA (Hons) Film & Television Production graduands Jo Gill, Hayley Dean and David Powell were chosen to feature in Life Through Your Lens, a BBC Three programme that aired in 2015.

MA Printmaking graduates Mustafa Sidki and Jane Stobart and former PhD student Andrea Medjesi-Jones were three of 55 artists whose work was displayed at the Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in 2014.

BA (Hons) Fashion Design graduate Thanh Vu has now established himself in London as label Thang Cong Vu. In 2014 he exhibited at Pure, London, the UK’s leading fashion buying event. His student designs were also featured in Urban Coco magazine.

Immediately after graduating from our BA (Hons) Fashion Design course in 2013, Asia Prusinowska was invited to display her work at a prestigious felt show in Amsterdam and secured sponsorship from Cambridge Style Week to set up her own business. Her new collection was featured in Jute magazine in January 2014.

Chiara Parazzi secured an internship at World of Interiors immediately after graduating from our BA (Hons) Interior Design. She is now running Out Of The Blue Co. in Kenya, a business that specialises in interior furniture and interior items made from wood and bone or wicker.


Past graduates

Dan Hillier, who studied Illustration and Graphic Arts at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge in 1995, won the Best Art Vinyl 2014 award for his design work on Royal Blood's debut album, and was invited by the British Council to display his work 'Pachamama' at the Great Creator: UK Graduate Show in Beijing, China.

Mark Coulier, who graduated from an HnD Illustration at Anglia Ruskin in 1994, won Best Make-up and Hair at the 2015 BAFTAs for his work on The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Graphic Design graduate Nic Benns is an Emmy-award-winning and BAFTA-nominated director of many film and TV titles and advertisements. He has built a film and television career on both sides of the Atlantic, his famous titles including Cuban Fury, Seven Psychopaths and Johnny English, while his television titles include Ripper Street, Fresh Meat and Misfits.

Thomas Taylor, who designed the original book cover for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, is also a graduate of Cambridge School of Art.

Graphic Design graduate Matt Power joined Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's Cambridge Studio soon after leaving and worked on the BAFTA-award winning hand-held version of the game LittleBigPlanet.


Other alumni

Ronald Searle - renowned cartoonist, graphic artist and creator of St Trinian's

Edward Bawden - graphic artist, illustrator and printmaker

Gustav Metzger - pioneer of auto-destructive art

Roger Law and Peter Fluck - Spitting Image creators

Syd Barrett and Dave Gilmour of Pink Floyd