David Watkins RDI

Honorary Degree of Doctor of Design
School of Art and Design

David is a British artist who most recently designed the medals for the London 2012 Olympics. Born in Wolverhampton in 1940, David began his education at Wolverhampton Grammar School before going on to study Fine Art at Reading University. He began his career in the 1960s in sculpture, design and special effects modelling and was a special effects maker for the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

In 1978, David travelled to Australia to become an artist in residence at the Curtin University, before returning to the UK to join the Royal College of Art, firstly as a Professor in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery, and then as a Research Professor of Jewellery. In 2009, he was made Professor Emeritus.

Throughout his career David has also been a Liveryman of the Goldsmiths Company; a Trustee of the Haystack School for Crafts in Maine, USA; and most recently, a Royal Designer for Industry.

David has been exhibiting his work for nearly 40 years, including at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Mikimoto Hall, Tokyo; and most recently at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, with a retrospective exhibition titled Artist in Jewellery, a Retrospective View (1972-2010).