Press pack information

For Sowden and Sowden (a PR company). I gathered information for a press pack that got sent out to people for Hull School of Art and Design’s degree show. The information I put together is below:


HSAD’s Background


* Hull school of Art and Design was founded in 1861, and it was based at the Public Assembly Rooms.

* In 1878 the school was relocated to Albion Street.

* Then, in the early 1900s they moved to Anlaby Road.

* The current building, located in the centre of the city overlooking Queens Gardens, was built in 1972. It was designed by the architectural partnership of Frederick Gibberd.


Many successful people studied at Hull School of Art and Design including:

* Mark Herman – scriptwriter/film maker who wrote and directed The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

* Brian Cooke – photographer who has worked with many musicians including Roxy Music, John Martyn, Robert Palmer, Spandau Ballet, Elton John, Blondie and the Sex Pistols. He now runs Photo Order Press.

* John Rushworth – partner of Pentagram (largest global design agency).


HSAD deliver a range of undergraduate and post graduate courses across a range of media and art. Many of these courses are unique to the city and some are unique to art education on a national basis. The students are taught in small groups by practising artists, designers and performers.

For these studies there are multi-media and digital suites, purpose-built workshops dedicated to 3D and architectural design, industry-standard photographic studios, digital print and editing suites, art studios, textile and fashion workshops, a fully equipped TV studio including a radio and newsroom, recording studios and performance rehearsal spaces.


Professor Douglas Dunn OBE

* Born in 1942.

* Graduate from the University of Hull in 1969 with a first class honours.

* His first poetry book Terry Street was a collection of poems written about the street where he lived in Hull. This gained huge acclaim.

* He worked closely with Philip Larkin.

* Has been a professor of English since 1991.

* Founding Director of the St Andrews Scottish Studies Centre since 1993.

* He has published several volumes of poetry, two collections of stories, and four edited books. His work has been translated into multiple languages.

* Was awarded the O.B.E. in 2003.

* He has also won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Hawthornden Prize, a Cholmondeley Award, and several Scottish Arts Council Publication Awards.


Robert Whitaker

* Took photographs of Terry Street in 1969.

* Born in Britain 1939 and passed away in 2011.

* Studied at the University of Melbourne.

* Met The Beatles and their manager Brian Epstein, during their 1964 Australian tour. Whitaker accompanied a journalist to take a photograph to go with an article he was writing for the Jewish News, featuring Epstein. After the picture was published with the article, Epstein then asked Whitaker to do some photography for The Beatles.

* He then spent two years travelling with The Beatles and shooting them at work, at rest and play, on their tours, at home, in recording studios, during private moments and in formal photo sessions.

* Whitaker also photographed The Dakotas, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Cilla Black and The Seekers.


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