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Artist Richard Long and Vogue’s former editor among creatives on New Year’s Honours list


Richard Long: A Circle in Antarctica, 2012. Courtesy the artist

Former Vogue editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman and artist Richard Long are among the creatives featured on the New Year’s Honours list 2018. Richard Long will be knighted for services to art, making him one of the most highly awarded in the industry. The 72-year-old sculptor is known for his epic land artworks, and is the only artist to have been shortlisted four times for the Turner Prize – winning in 1989.

Alexandra Shulman will receive a CBE for services to fashion journalism. She stepped down from her role at British Vogue in January 2017 after 25 years. CBEs will also be given to Dawn Hill, chair of the Black Cultural Archives for services to culture; Jane Hamlyn, founder and director of the Frith Street Gallery, for services to philanthropy and the arts; Martin Green, director of Hull UK City of Culture 2017; and Veronica Wadley, chair of Arts Council London, for services to the arts.

An OBE will be given to gallerist Victoria Miro for services to art; and Lynne Franks, a fashion PR who apparently inspired the character of Edina Monsoon in Absolutely Fabulous, and played a key role in founding London Fashion Week. She also wrote The Seed Handbook: The feminine way to create business, a guide for women entrepreneurs – she has been honoured for services to business, fashion and women’s empowerment.

Richard Sennett, chair of the LSE Cities Programme, will also be given an OBE and was the only person on the entire list honoured for services to design. Also receiving OBEs will be Richard Wilson, CEO of the Independent Games Developers Association, for services to the video game industry; Fiona Bradley, director of The Fruitmarket Gallery; and Samenua Sesher, a consultant, associate at the People’s Palace Projects, and co-founder of the Museum of Colour project, for services to the arts.

See the full list here.


Linda Brownlee: Alexandra Shulman