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10 July 2024

Kojey Radical To Receive Honorary Award From UAL

Kojey Radical Honorary UAL Award
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Kojey Radical and Loyle Carner are among the twelve remarkable creatives will receive honorary degrees from University of the Arts London (UAL) at this year’s graduation ceremonies, taking place at the iconic Royal Festival Hall on London’s Southbank from 16 July.

From NME-award winning and MOBO award-nominated musicians, to an academy award- winning costume designer, and the creator of viral web-talk show Chicken Shop Date, this year’s UAL honoraries are influential artists and public figures – pushing boundaries at the forefront of the creative industries, across a wide range of disciplines.

James Purnell, Vice Chancellor and President said in a statement: “We are looking forward to honouring an outstanding group of creatives and changemakers at this year’s graduation ceremonies, each of whom continues to contribute significantly to the creative community.
“Congratulations to all of our new honorary fellows – their extraordinary input and impact on the arts, culture and society stand as a testament to the incredible value of our creative industries.”

Kojey Radical (born Kwadwo Adu Genfi Amponsah) is a prolific music artist and London College of Fashion graduate. His vulnerable yet visceral work has seen him blur the lines between rap, funk, spoken word and poetry to fashion, art and film.

Loyle Carner is a rap artist known for his uniquely introspective sound. He has released three critically acclaimed studio albums, two of which — Yesterday’s Gone (2017) and hugo (2020) — were nominated for the Mercury Prize. Outside of music, Loyle has set up Chilli Con Carner, a series of cookery workshops for young people with ADHD.

This year’s UAL honoraries also include Amali de Alwis MBE, the comedian, journalist, broadcaster and creator Amelia Dimoldenberg; Ben Terrett, CEO of Public Digital, a global consultancy helping organisations adapt to the internet era and James Acheson, who has had a distinguished design career encompassing cinema, television, theatre, ballet and opera. He has won three Academy Awards (Oscars) for his costume design work in films.

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