04 December 2012
Canterbury Christ Church University has conferred Honorary Fellowships upon Pye Hastings and Geoffrey Richardson, members legendary rock group Caravan, and an Honorary Doctorate on British artist Michael Craig-Martin CBE RA.
Pye Hastings moved to Canterbury at the age of nine and was educated at Pilgrims Boarding School in Lydden. After being given his first guitar on his 17th birthday he soon became a leading light in the Canterbury music scene, going on to form Caravan in 1968.
By the end of the 1960’s Caravan had become a successful rock band and was the first UK act to sign with American label MGM/ Verve. Their debut album, entitled 'Caravan' was favourably received by the critics and the band still has a huge following of loyal supporters, many of whom watched them play at the Canterbury Festival in 2011.
Geoffrey moved to Canterbury forty years ago to join the legendary rock group. His career has also included many projects and collaborations with diverse artists such as Buzzcocks, Bob Geldof, Chris de Burgh and genre-defying collective, the Penguin Café Orchestra.
Michael studied Fine Art at Yale University between 1961 and 1966. Following this, he took up teaching first at Bath Academy of Art and then at Canterbury College of Art, now the University’s Sidney Cooper Gallery. He went on to teach at Goldsmiths College, where his students included Damien Hirst. Now Emeritus Professor of Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, he was awarded a CBE in 2001 and elected a Royal Academician in 2006.
He has achieved international recognition for his work and continues to influence contemporary British Art. His work is in numerous public collections including Tate Gallery, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Centre Pompidou, Paris, and Australian National Gallery, Canberra.
Professor Sue Piotrowski, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic), said: “The University is delighted to confer Honorary Fellowships upon Pye Hastings and Geoffrey Richardson, and an Honorary Doctorate upon Michael Craig-Martin. All three have shown outstanding achievement and distinction in their own fields and merit the recognition these awards bring.”
The awards were conferred in Canterbury Cathedral, on Friday 30 November, in graduation ceremonies that saw just over 1,200 students from Canterbury Christ Church University also graduate in front of their families and friends.
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students, across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
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