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In our last ceremony of the day, we are proud to present Honorary Doctor of Arts to two amazing and inspiring Cambridge School of Art alumni, Gustav Metzger and Steven Bendelack. Gustav Metzger is an artist, political activist and celebrated Cambridge School of Art alumnus. Born in Nuremberg in 1926 to Polish-Jewish parents, Metzger escaped Germany in 1939 - as part of the Kindertransport initiative to rescue Jewish children from the Nazis. The young Metzger would spend the war years in Britain, later attending the Cambridge School of Art, and in 1948 going back to mainland Europe to study at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Yet his experiences in pre-war Germany remained with him, shaping his creative direction for the rest of his life. And over the next decade he would explore a variety of themes as he developed his own unique style. Gustav continues to create thought-provoking works that challenge preconceptions around what makes art, art. His work is an inspiration for our students, and particularly those at the Cambridge School of Art, who aspire to continue in its tradition of challenge and excellence. Steven Bendelack is a BAFTA-winning film and television director, and celebrated Anglia Ruskin alumnus. He has directed shows such as Spitting Image, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, The League of Gentlemen and Little Britain. Throughout his career, Stephen has continued the Cambridge School of Art’s exceptionally strong tradition in graphic humour and satire. And he demonstrates the enormous drive, talent, creativity and determination required to excel at the highest level. Well and truly deserved and congratulations on behalf of us all at ARU.