31 January 2012
Two highly acclaimed figures in British arts and culture received Honorary Doctorates from Canterbury Christ Church University last Friday (27 January 2012), whilst a prominent figure in Kent media received an Honorary Fellowship.
Humphrey Ocean RA (centre) with Peter Hermitage (Chair of Governors and Pro-Chancellor) (left) and Professor Robin Baker CMG (right) alongside members of the University's Senior Management Team
Humphrey Ocean, Royal Academician, and Andrea Rose OBE were awarded Honorary Doctorates and Geraldine Allinson, Chairman of the Kent Messenger Group, received an Honorary Fellowship at the University’s cathedral graduation ceremonies attended by over 1000 students, their families and friends.
Humphrey Ocean, who once studied at an arts school based in the University’s Sidney Cooper Gallery, is internationally renowned for his art, including portraits of Sir Paul McCartney and poet Philip Larkin. From 1971 to 1973 he was also the bass player with Ian Dury’s Kilburn and the High Roads.
Throughout the 80s and 90s he exhibited in a number of well-known galleries, including the National Portrait Gallery in 1999 with ‘The Painter’s Eye’. He was elected as a Royal Academician in 2004.
Andrea Rose OBE (centre) with Peter Hermitage (Chair of Governors and Pro-Chancellor) (left) and Professor Robin Baker CMG (right)
Andrea Rose OBE, Director of Visual Arts at the British Council since 1995, received an Honorary Doctorate. As curator of the British Council Collection from 1991-1995, she was responsible for key purchases of contemporary art by artists such as Rachel Whiteread, Damien Hirst, Peter Doig, Anya Gallaccio, Steve McQueen and Douglas Gordon.
She was awarded an OBE for service to British Art in 1998 and became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2001. She is currently a Trustee of the Whitechapel Art Gallery, UK representative at UNESCO Cultural Commission and British Commissioner for the International Venice Biennale of Art and Architecture, introducing the work of Leon Kossoff, Gary Hume, Chris Ofili, Mark Wallinger, Gilbert & George, Tracey Emin and Steve McQueen to global audiences. In recognition of her work, Andrea received the rarely awarded Russian state decoration for international cooperation, the Order of Friendship.
Geraldine Allinson (centre) with Peter Hermitage (Chair of Governors and Pro-Chancellor) (left) and Professor Robin Baker CMG (right)
Geraldine Allinson, Chairman of the Kent Messenger (KM) Group, is now an Honorary Fellow in recognition of her services to the local media.
Born and educated in Kent, Geraldine has worked in the local media industry since 1986. She started at the Midland News Association and moved back to Kent in 1993 to join the KM Group, her family’s media company.
Since 1993 Geraldine held a number of positions within the company and in January 2006 she was promoted to Chairman. Geraldine is currently Chairman of the UK Independent Publishers Forum and more recently became President of the Newspaper Society (NS). She supports a number of charitable organisations and is a Trustee of the Kent Air Ambulance and the Canterbury Festival. She also sits on the Medway Renaissance Partnership Board.
The Vice-Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University, Professor Robin Baker CMG, said: “We are delighted to welcome Humphrey Ocean, Andrea Rose and Geraldine Allinson, into our community of Honorary Doctors and Fellows. All three are remarkable and prominent figures in their respective fields, and we are pleased to celebrate our new association in this our Jubilee year.”
The graduation awards coincide with a major exhibition in Canterbury ‘Now and Then’. The exhibition features work by Humphrey Ocean and a selection of sculptural works from the British Council collection, both on display at the Sidney Cooper Gallery until 3 March 2012. The show starts the University’s arts and culture programme for 2012 which celebrates a landmark anniversary for Christ Church, its Golden Jubilee year.
Notes to Editor
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
- We are the third highest university in England for student employability, with 94.3% of our recent graduates in employment or further study six months after graduating*.
- Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2010 UCAS).
- We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
- 2012 is the University’s Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.
*2009/10 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey