Dame Zaha Hadid is one of the world’s best known architects. Her award-winning designs continuously push the boundaries of architecture, urban design, products, interiors and furniture. She’s also internationally recognised for both her theoretical and academic work.
Born in Huddersfield, James studied typography and print design at Batley School of Art in West Yorkshire, where he met Simon Needham. In 1987, with a start-up grant of £2,000 from The Prince’s Trust Business Program, the guys got together to launch their own design studio, Attik Design.
Growing up in Bolton, Greater Manchester, Damon Gough aka Badly Drawn Boy kicked off his stellar musical career in 1997, with the limited-edition, five track vinyl release "EP1"; that this release received wide,spread critical acclaim from those in the know. Following the success of his early EPs, it was BDB’s debut album, The Hour of Bewilderbeast (2000) that saw him win the prestigious Mercury Music Prize, beating fellow Mancunians the Doves and joining the ranks of previous winners that include Pulp, Portishead, Primal Scream, Dizee Rascal and the Arctic Monkeys.
Richard Billingham, originally from Birmingham, is best known for his gritty documentary photos, that he later revealed were of his own family. The candid Ray's A Laugh series revealed the raw realities of his West Midlands-based household; with an alcoholic father and heavily tattooed, chain smoking mother.
Tom Dixon is a self-taught designer-maker, who’s created some of the most iconic furniture and lighting designs of the last 35 years, including as well as stints as Head of Design for Habitat and Finnish Firm Artek.
Warp Films is an independent, multi-awarding winning film production company, established by Steve Beckett and Mark Herbert, the founding fathers of the pioneering, indie record label Warp Records, featuring (Aphex Twin, Square Pusher and, Brian Eno...).
London-based novelist Niven Govinden was born in Sussex in 1973 and raised in Surrey. He's the author of two novels: ‘We Are The New Romantics’, a break-neck take on Euro-trash culture, following two best friends as they bum around Europe; and ‘Graffiti My Soul’, a coming-of-age story of a mixed race 15 year old boy growing up in the Surrey suburbs.