QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 81 - Page 28

Development News Leading Portuguese artist’s work donated to QMU A COLLECTION OF ART work by a leading Portuguese artist is to be displayed at QMU. Susana Stevens, the daughter of Bartolomeu Cid dos Santos, Portugal’s leading 20th century artist, kindly donated a selection of her late father’s work to the University. Born in 1931, Dos Santos was brought up in Lisbon and studied at the city's Escola de Belas-Artes. However, he was keen to escape what he referred to as the ‘oppressive cultural desert that was then-fascist Portugal’, and moved to London in the 1950s to further his artistic exploration at the Slade School of Fine Art, part of University College London. Dakota Hotels offers new support package for hospitality students Q MU HAS JOINED forces with award-winning Dakota Hotels to provide students with outstanding employ- ability and financial support. The boutique hotel group is offering annual internships and financial sponsorship to QMU’s hospitality and tourism degree students. This partnership development makes an important contribution to QMU’s links with industry and helps to strengthen its already robust employability strategy. QMU’s hospitality division has been working with Dakota Hotels for several years. The University awarded Ken McCulloch, the group’s founder and chairman, with an honorary doctorate in 2007. Dakota Hotels has also provided undergraduate internships to several hospitality and tourism students and, more recently, has welcomed two QMU graduates onto its Graduate Development Programme. The new awards were launched at this year’s summer graduation ceremony. The Dakota Achievement Sponsorship was presented to Adam Roe, the new President of QMU’s Students’ Union, who won the award for his innovative dissertation which focused on edible insects. Dakota will also make an award to a student on the MSc International Management & Leadership and MBA Hospitality students for their industry-based Community and Business Impact Project. Independent hotelier, Ken McCulloch, said: “Dakota has been delighted to support and work alongside QMU. We share mutual respect and an understanding that we must provide the opportunity for ambitious individuals who have committed to learning the foundations of hospitality, to enter our industry with the strongest possible platform for them to achieve great success. Our industry needs enthusiastic, talented graduates who have a genuine passion for delivering service, and this sponsorship seeks to award their commitment thus far.” Bernie Quinn, Senior Lecturer in Hospitality and Tourism at QMU, concluded: “This is another exciting development in the relationship between QMU and Dakota Hotels. Our students are already benefitting greatly from the opportunities provided by Dakota and these prizes provide both great incentive and rewards which recognise the exceptional endeavours of our graduating students.” ❒ 28 QMYOU / Development News The institution allowed him to flourish and he went on to teach at the Slade between 1961 and 1996. His work focused primarily on printmaking where he employed a combination of etching and aquatint. He was eventually elected a fellow of University College London and in 1996 emeritus professor in fine art of the University of London. A man of great charm, he was revered as a teacher and his MA course at the Slade attracted an international body of students. He held a number of visiting professorships abroad, and was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in 1990. Examples of Dos Santos’ work can be found all over the world including the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert, Cambridge, the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon. His greatest work is the etched limestone panels he created for the murals in the atrium of the Lisbon underground station serving Portugal's National Library. The central section, covering 1,000 sq m, depicts an immense library containing the country's finest literature. Fourteen limited edition etchings by Dos Santos will be displayed, on a rotational basis, outside The Halle Lecture Theatre at QMU. Dos Santos’ daughter, Susana, is delighted that her father’s work will be on display at QMU where her daughter Tabitha is a media student. She said: “My father dedicated his life to art and the education of others with his work focusing on the concepts of freedom and travel, encompassing both physical and intellectual journeys. He was not afraid to draw on popular culture and Stanley Kubrick was a strong influence. He would have been delighted that his work was on show at a forward-thinking university with a flagship in Creativity and Culture, and that his prints could be enjoyed by a vibrant young student audience as well as staff and international visitors.” Professor Petra Wend, Principal of QMU, said: “The themes of freedom, social justice and internationalism that dominate Dos Santos’ work chime well with QMU’s ethos and these prints make a real appealing addition to the campus environment.” ❒