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 founded in 1891 as a technical college by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, the university was the breeding ground for many of the late Eighties and Nineties’ Young British Artists, including 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, is widely credited for his significant influence on 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, with alumni including 2013 Mercury Prize winner James Blake, composer Adrian Sutton and members of Britpop band Blur.