Reporter 450, 3 April 2000
Britainís greatest living artist, David Hockney, has accepted an invitation to receive an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University in June.
Yorkshire pride: David Hockney with one of his views of Salt's Mill at Saltaire
Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Wilson said he was Ďthrilled and proudí to announce the news. Mr Hockney will receive his degree along with Melvyn Bragg and five other distinguished people at the June 8 ceremony to install Lord Bragg as the Universityís new Chancellor.
"David Hockney is a towering figure in the contemporary art world," said Professor Wilson. "He has famously retained a deep and creative affection for his native Yorkshire. His decision to accept our invitation is an honour for us and a recognition on our part of the regionís debt to one of its modern geniuses."
Born in Bradford in 1937, the artist now lives in California. His Leeds award will coincide with his installation as a Freeman of Bradford. A university lecturer in the 1960s, he has worked in a wide variety of artistic media including painting, drawing and print, photography, film-making, stage design, prose and fax. Also to be honoured in June are physicist Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell, historian Lord Bullock, West Yorkshire Playhouse chief executive Jude Kelly OBE, philanthropist Robert Ogden CBE and retiring University Pro-Chancellor Colonel Alan Roberts MBE.
A more detailed account of honorary degrees awarded this year can be found in Reporter 448: www.leeds.ac.uk/reporter/448/s1.htm
Further information about David Hockney is available on the following pages:
Some examples of Hockney's art is available to view here:
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