Turner Prize Winning Artist Grenville Davey Receives Honorary Degree

Grenville Davey

The Turner Prize-winning artist, Grenville Davey, who won the award in 1992 is to be honoured at Writtle College Graduation Ceremonies this year. A stalwart of the Essex farming community and a dedicated supporter of the College along with Lise-Lotte Olsen, a former Chair of the Board of Governors at Writtle, both have been be granted Honorary Degrees.

The artist alsong with Graduates will receive their awards – including BSc or BA degrees, Masters and Doctorates, which are validated by the University of Essex – at the ceremonies on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 September at Chelmsford Cathedral.

Grenville, who works from his studio in Great Yeldham, was artist in residence at the Isaac Newton Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, in 2012. Held in high regard by the art world, his engagement in practice is at the intersection of art and science.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students from courses in Animal Science, Sport and Equine will be honoured at the ceremony on Wednesday morning. Agriculture, Conservation, Floristry and Horticulture students will be presented with their awards in the morning ceremony on Thursday, with students on Writtle School of Design courses – including Landscape Architecture & Garden Design, Art & Design and Interior Architecture & Design – in the afternoon ceremony.

“These students are graduating in a year that saw the College granted Taught Degree Awarding Powers, which gives us the ability to award our own Higher Education qualifications from 2018. Alongside the personal and professional achievements of students, both in College and outside, this promises to make the Graduation Ceremonies a very special celebration.

“We are pleased to honour such inspirational people through the conferment of this year’s Honorary Degrees and Fellowship, are grateful to our Guests of Honour for their support and recognition of the College’s students, and are proud of all our staff, particularly those who have gone above and beyond their job roles and been nominated for Duchess of Kent awards.”