Honorary graduates


Simon Starling, BA Hons Photography 1990 - Conceptual Artist

Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science in recognition of his significant
contribution to Fine Art

Simon StarlingCelebrated conceptual artist Simon Startling has made his name as an artist fascinated by the processes involved in transforming one object or substance into another.

In solo exhibitions worldwide, he has showcased installations and pilgrimage - like journeys highlighting ideas about nature, technology, economics, modernity and mass production.

Simon was a student at Maidstone College of Art, before beginning his studies at Nottingham Trent University (then Trent Polytechnic) in 1987, and became NTU Alumnus of the Year 20 years later.

In 2005, Simon won the Turner Prize with his work Shedboatshed, which involved turning a wooden shed into a boat, sailing it down the River Rhine to a museum in Basel, Switzerland, then restoring it back to its original form.

His work is in the permanent collection of seven distinguished museums worldwide including Tate Modern, London; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Simon lives and works in Copenhagen, and was a professor of art at the
Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main. 


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