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Lunchtime Live: John Makepeace OBE


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James Hicks
Dr James Hicks is an art historian, educator and podcaster. Originally from rural Virginia, Dr Hicks has enjoyed a career stretching from London to Paris, Abu Dhabi and Miami. In addition to working as an educator at Tate and the National Portrait Gallery, Dr Hicks has lectured at American universities such as Pepperdine and Syracuse and is the host of the Start Art History podcast. His research and teaching interests centre around British art/history and how artworks become valuable.

John Makepeace OBE
John Makepeace OBE is internationally regarded as one of Britain’s most influential designer-makers. He was an early proponent of material innovation and sustainability, setting up the acclaimed Parnham College for furniture designers in 1976 and initiating Hooke Park in 1982, as a School for Woodland Industries and Forestry Management. John was a founding member of the Crafts Council UK in 1975, and from 1987–91 was a trustee of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. He was awarded an OBE in 1988 for his services to furniture design and in 2004, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Furniture Society. In 2012, his work was included in the UK’s Victoria & Albert Museum exhibition British Design 1948–2012: Innovation in the Modern Age. He was the Winner of the UK’s Prince Philip Designers Prize in 2016. John’s work is part of major museum, corporate and private collections around the world, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, UK; the Museum fur Kunsthanwerk, Germany; the Art Institute of Chicago, USA; the Fitzwilliam Museum, UK; Birmingham, Cardiff and Leeds City Galleries; The Royal Scottish Museum, UK; Plymouth University, UK; Templeton and Keble College Oxford, UK; and the Banque General du Luxembourg.

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