Margaret Calvert, Tony Cragg and Michael Craig-Martin recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours

13 June 2016
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Left to right, Michael Craig-Martin: Untitled (light bulb); Margaret Calvert: Transport typeface; Tony Cragg: Kastor & Pollux

Margaret Calvert, Tony Cragg and Michael Craig-Martin are among those recognised for their services to the visual arts and design industries in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. Here’s a round up of their work and the other recipients.

Margaret Vivienne Calvert, OBE

South African-born, British typographer and graphic designer Margaret Vivienne Calvert, most famous for designing the templates, pictograms and iconography for British road signs and co-designing the Transport typeface used throughout, has been made OBE for services to typography, graphic design and road safety. An alumnus of Chelsea College of Art, her other notable work includes designing numerous typefaces for Monotype including the eponymous Calvert, as well as Rail Alphabet typeface used by British railways and the colour scheme for Gatwick Airport signage.

Tony Cragg, RA

Sculptor, Royal Academician and Turner Prize winner Tony Cragg has been made Knight Bachelor, for services to visual arts and Anglo-German relations. The Liverpool-born sculptor is most famous for his representing Britain in the 43rd Venice Biennale, winning the Turner prize the same year, his long career teaching as tutor at and later director of Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and the establishment of the Cragg Foundation non-profit organisation tasked with exhibiting, teaching and promoting sculpture at Waldfrieden Sculpture Park in Wuppertal. He was formerly made CBE in 2002, and has received numerous honours from other countries including Chevalier des Arts Lettres and Praemium Imperiale (or World Culture Prize) from the Imperial House of Japan, for his outstanding artistic contributions in sculpture.

Michael Craig-Martin, CBE, RA

Conceptual artist and Royal Academician Michael Craig-Martin, famous for An Oak Tree and his fostering of the Young British Artists of Goldsmiths where he was tutor during the 1980s and now serves as Emeritus Professor, has been made CBE for services to art.

Lady Frances Sorrell, OBE

Lady Frances Sorrell, co-founder and co-chair of the Sorrell Foundation set up to encourage creativity and advocate for creative pathways for young people, has added an OBE to her numerous awards and accolades. Having attended Epsom School of Art at the age of 16, she has gone on to have an illustrious career in both the arts and philanthropy, as co-founder of design agency Newell and Sorrell, leading the company for many years as its creative director.

Tessa Hartmann, CBE

Tessa Hartmann co-founder of creative fashion marketing and branding agency Hartmann House has received appointment as CBE.

Johanna Basford, OBE

Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford, famous for her hand drawn black and white illustrations, product branding and adult colouring books has been made OBE.

Mohammed Ali, MBE

Street artist Mohammed Ali, aka Aerosol Arabic, whose work combines elements of graffiti, live performance, installation, projection and sound with the self-proclaimed aim of “taking art to the people”, has been made MBE.

Catherine Slessor, MBE

Catherine Slessor, journalist and former editor of Architectural Review of 23 years has received appointment as MBE.

Diana Yakeley, OBE

Interior Designer Diana Yakeley, name-partner at architectural practice Yakeley Associates, has been made OBE for services to the UK Interior Design profession. She is perhaps most famous as a fellow and former chairman of BIDA, for designing the interiors for numerous Crown Courts and the interior design of the British Business Embassy at Lancaster House for the London Olympics.

Neil Thomas, MBE

Founder of Atelier One structural engineer Neil Thomas has been made MBE. His work has included engineering design for collaborative creative projects on such works as Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate, the opening ceremonies of London 2012 Olympics and Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Lucy + Jorge Orta’s Meteros at St Pancras International station, and Channel 4’s iconic ’Big 4’ sculpture made as a blank canvas to be customised and reworked by artists and creatives at their London headquarters.

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