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Meet the Art & Design Professionals

Students are supported and inspired by professional tutors who understand the industry, with backgrounds in their trade and knowledge of how the business works.

When you study with Canterbury School of Visual Arts at Canterbury College, you will be taught by industry professionals who are experts in their field. Read on to find more about the tutors.

Ben Kidger (Left), Rob Black (Right)


Ben is a talented and established artist, sculptor and gallery curator. He holds an extensive portfolio of sculptures and completes commission work from clients. He has worked internationally, most notably in the Middle East on a project with refugees. Ben is the Head of CSVA.

Rob, who has previously exhibited work at the world-renowned Turner Contemporary, is a specialist in graphic design. He has vast experience working in the graphic design and publishing industries and is an expert in digital design.

Nikita Adams (Left), Danny Whitcher (Right)


Nikita is a specialist in digital film arts and regularly holds intermediate and advanced photography courses to share her extensive knowledge of the industry. She is an exhibitor at the Harvey Gallery in Guildford.

Danny is a photography specialist, who has been exhibiting work at local galleries for over 10 years. He also collaborates with artists and private clients on their projects.

Clive Soord (Left), Sue Freeman (Right)


Clive Soord is an award-winning ceramic artist, modeller and painter. He has been commissioned to produce work for the film industry on various projects and his art is exhibited across the world including Bali and America.

Sue Freeman is an internationally renowned milliner. She works for professional clients and has had collections sold in department stores such as Macy’s in New York and Fenwicks in London. She passes on her knowledge and has lectured at the Royal College of Art.


Denise is CSVA's Industry Liaison Officer. Her main role within the department is to ensure that her students get the work experience that prepares them for a career in the arts. She is an industry professional herself, having been the Interior Designer & Managing Director of Hamiltons International ltd for over 30 years. She has designed and furnished homes of the rich and famous over the world. She is also a business advisor to SME, after setting up a Businesses Association in 2017, and worked with the Prince's Trust as a 'Talent Match' mentor.

Find out more about our Art and Design courses and start developing your own industry skills.