To celebrate their artistic contributions, the following were granted honorary fellowships by our Institute of the Arts.

November 2006

Professor Conrad Atkinson OBE

(November 2006 Cumbria Institute of the Arts)

In recognition of his valuable contribution in the field of art and education in Cumbria and in the wider world.

Born in Cleator Moor in West Cumbria, Conrad Atkinson studied at the Brampton Road campus from 1957-1961 when it was known as Carlisle College of Art. He is today an artist of international standing. Conrad has been a distinguished visiting professor at many of the major arts schools and universities throughout the world. Professor Atkinson has exhibited at major galleries throughout Britain, the United States, Canada, Australia and Russia and is represented in many public and private collections throughout the world. Although Conrad splits his time between his studios in California, New York and Cumbria he has never distanced himself from his birthplace, Cumbria, its people and issues. 

http://www.conradatkinson.com/

November 2005

Bill Mackay

(November 2005 Cumbria Institute of the Arts)

In recognition of his significant contribution to Cumbria Institute of the Arts and service as Chair of Governors.

Deceased July 2009

 

Ed Hill

(November 2005 Cumbria Institute of the Arts)

In recognition of his contribution to the development of Cumbria Institute of the Arts and service as Deputy Chair of Governors.

Ed started his working life in the Royal Navy then changed career to work as an architect and managing partner with the Building Design Partnership.  Ed served on the Board of Governors of Cumbria Institute of the Arts from 1990 until he retired in 2004 and played a key role in its development.  Ed worked closely with the senior management and other governors to establish the campus at Brampton Road with the best industry standard resources and inspiring workspaces.  Ed remains a key advocate and supporter of the University of Cumbria.

 

Miss Mary Burkett OBE

(November 2005 Cumbria Institute of the Arts) (1924 - 12 November 2014)

In recognition of her valuable contribution in the field of art and education in Cumbria and in the wider world.

Mary Burkett is well known throughout Cumbria as an educator, aesthete, art historian and champion of the arts.  She has devoted her working life to raising investment, awareness and participation in the arts and has made a significant and lasting contribution to the arts in Cumbria.  From 1967 to 1986 Mary Burkett held the role of Director of Abbot Hall Art Gallery and the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry in Kendal.  Mary is an accomplished author of a large volume of important works of art history and has researched and published monographs on several, previously little known, local artists.  In 2012 Dear Mary, Love Percy, (the letters of Percy Kelly) written by Mary Burkett and David Cross, took joint first prize in the Cumbria and Lakeland Book of the Year award.

November 2004

John Fox

(November 2004 Cumbria Institute of the Arts)

In recognition of his significant contribution in the fields of media and culture in Cumbria and in the wider world.

John Fox has a world-wide reputation for creating celebratory participatory art with communities. Artist, printmaker, published poet, film-maker, lecturer, cultural provocateur and occasional musician, he founded the legendary Welfare State International (WSI) with Sue Gill and others. WSI (1968-2006) raised the Titanic in Limehouse, moved the Trident Submarine Sheds in Barrow in Furness and designed Lanternhouse a £2.4m lottery funded Arts Centre in Ulverston, where in 1983 they also started the continuing and much emulated annual Lantern Festival. After archiving WSI Fox and Gill started the Dead Good Guides in 2006 to create ecological sculpture trails, secular ceremonies and celebrant training for rites of passage. Working with scientists, recent work includes Wildernest a sanctuary garden on the shore of Morecambe Bay and “On The Edge Of A Rising Tide” (with Sound Intervention) a processional fable with musicians, tricycles, off grid amplification and digital projections. John Fox who is an Honorary Fellow of UCLA and a Companion of LIPA has also has received numerous awards for sustained contribution to the arts, including an MBE in 2012.  Publications include ”Eyes on Stalks“ Methuen 2002, “Engineers of the Imagination” Methuen 1983/1990 and (with Sue Gill) “The Dead Good Guides to Funerals and Baby Namings”. 

welfare-state.org

deadgoodguides.com

 

Sue Gill

(November 2004 Cumbria Institute of the Arts)

In recognition of her significant contribution in the fields of media and culture in Cumbria and in the wider world.

Sue Gill has a lifelong commitment to education and began her professional life in teaching as Headteacher in remote rural primary schools. Sue is co-founder of Welfare State International and co-ordinated its education and training programme, leading summer schools and workshops on Celebratory Theatre in the UK, Denmark, Portugal, Australia, Canada and the USA. She was Course Leader for the innovative MA in Cultural Performance in partnership with the University of Bristol Department of Theatre Studies for 7 years, concluding in 2006. Along with Gilly Adams she currently runs an annual UK programme of Rites of Passage residential workshops. Working independently, she also creates bespoke secular ceremonies – frequently in landscape - to mark birth, marriage and death. She is the co-author, with John Fox on the Dead Good Guides publications. Sue is writer, photographer and project manager for Wildernest – a durational arts and ecology work on the shoreline of Morecambe Bay.

http://www.deadgoodguides.com/

November 2003

Eric Wallace

(November 2003 Cumbria Institute of the Arts)

In recognition of his significant contribution to the work of the Institute and in the wider world in the fields of media and culture.

Deceased April 2004

 

Eric Robson DL

(November 2003 Cumbria Institute of the Arts)

In recognition of his significant contribution to the work of the Institute and in the wider world in the fields of media and culture.

Eric Robson began his television career as a writer and broadcaster with Border Television in Carlisle.  Eric has been freelance for more than forty years presenting, producing and directing programmes for all the major UK networks.  Since 1994 Eric has been the chairman of BBC Radio 4’s “Gardeners’ Question Time”.  His books include “Great Railway Journeys of the World” and “After Wainwright” - the journal of a 190-mile adventure through the mountains of remote Lakeland.  Eric is a partner in the public relations consultancy Osprey Communications.  He is Chairman of Cumbria Tourism and The Wainwright Society, a Trustee of Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery and a Deputy Lieutenant for Cumbria.

http://www.stridingedge.com/eric_robson/  

November 2002

Peter Harman

(November 2002 Cumbria Institute of the Arts)

In recognition of his significant contribution to the development of Cumbria Institute of the Arts over a period of 28 years.

 

Adrian Turner

(November 2002 Cumbria Institute of the Arts)

In recognition of his contribution to the development of Cumbria College of Art and Design and the support he has given to the Institution since that time. (Principal 1976-1991)

Deceased October 2015