Students were lucky enough to meet Oscar and Turner Prize Winner Steve McQueen. He told them that there is ‘No such thing as making mistakes’ and that ‘everyday, you should try to do the best you can’. Art Student Sahota in Year 13 said she had found it very inspiring to meet Steve and said he gave her some good advice for the future.
Steve McQueen CBE:
Steve McQueen CBE is an English film director, producer, screenwriter, and video artist. For his 2013 film, 12 Years a Slave, a historical drama adaptation of an 1853 slave narrative memoir, he won an Academy Award, BAFTA Award for Best Film, and Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama (as a producer) and he also received the award for Best Director from the New York Film Critics Circle. McQueen is the first black filmmaker to win an Academy Award for Best Picture.
For his artwork, McQueen has received the Turner Prize, the highest award given to a British visual artist in 1999. For services to the visual arts, he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2011. In April 2014, TIME magazine included McQueen in its annual TIME 100 as one of the “Most Influential People in the World.” In October 2016, McQueen was granted the British Film Institute’s highest honour, the BFI Fellowship.