The Arts and Design Newsletter- Alumni

Careers in the Arts and Design are as varied as they are exciting and the alumni featured in this edition illuminate the diverse range of opportunities available to graduates. Featured are a household name, a dancer and those working behind the scenes on some of your favourite Hollywood block busters. They are all united by the fact that they all learnt their craft at either Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance or the University for the Creative Arts.

Tracey Emin







Tracey Emin graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Maidstone College of Art in 1988, which has since become UCA Maidstone. As one of the individuals in the Young British Artists, who emerged in the nineties, along with other famous faces such as Damien Hirst, she has exhibited at world famous galleries such as White Cube and the Saatchi Gallery. During her illustrious career Tracey has been publicly recognised in a number of ways:

  • Nominated for the Turner Prize in 1999 for her piece entitled My Bed.
  • Made a Royal Academician by the Royal Academy of Arts in 2007.
  • Appointed CBE in the 2013 New Year Honours list, for services to the arts.
  • Named one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4 in 2013.

John Powell







John studied composition at Trinity and after graduating in 1986 has become one of the most influential film composers of our time. Currently based in Los Angeles, he is particularly known for his scores for animated films, including Ice Age, Chicken Run and Shrek. However, he has also scored a number of live-action films including the third and fifth in the Bourne series and United 93. He is a much decorated film composer and over his career has been recognised in the following ways:

  • 3 Annie Awards
  • 2 Ivor Novello Awards
  • 15 ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards
  • Nominated for 3 BAFTAs, a Grammy and an Academy Award.

Gareth Edwards





Gareth graduated with a BA in Film & Video from the Surrey Institute of Art and Design, a founding college of the University for the Creative Arts, in 1996.  After setting up his own visual effects company in 2003, he went on to produce special effects and direct for a number of award winning television shows. In 2012, he received an honorary Master of Arts from UCA and since then he has gone from strength to strength, directing the 2014 remake of Godzilla and most notably Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in 2016. Gareth is internationally renowned and has picked up a BAFTA, 2 BAFTA nominations and an Emmy nomination.

Matthew Sandiford






Matthew trained at Laban and graduated with a first class honours degree in Contemporary Dance in 2012. Immediately after graduating he joined Balletboyz and as part of the company he has toured all over the world and performed work by some of the biggest names in Ballet. Matthew has also performed with Charlie Dixon Dance Company at the Roundhouse Theatre and The Arts Theatre London. However, arguably the most high profile performance of his career came as a featured dancer at the closing ceremony at the 2012 London Olympics.