Goldsmiths, University of London
A constituent college of the University of London, Goldsmiths has produced some of British Contemporary art’s most famous figures.
Originally a technical college founded in 1891 by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, the university was the breeding ground for many of the late Eighties and Nineties’ Young British Artists. Alumni include Sarah Lucas, Michael Landy and Damien Hirst – reportedly the UK’s richest living artist. Conceptual artist Michael Craig-Martin, a tutor at Goldsmiths during this period, significantly influenced the budding YBA generation.
With an atmosphere of unbridled creativity and laying claim to over 20 Turner Prize nominees, Goldsmiths also has a world-famous music department. Alumni include 2013 Mercury Prize winner James Blake, composer Adrian Sutton and members of Britpop band Blur.