In memory of Valerie Graves

Our sympathy extends to her family and all those who knew her.
Date: 20 January 2014

It is with great sadness that we have heard of the tragic news of Valerie Graves' untimely passing.

Valerie was a popular and valued technician in the Design and Graphics area for many years before she moved onto further her own aspirations as a textile artist. She was widely respected for her expertise, good humour and generous nature. 

Our sympathy extends to her family and all those who knew her, during her time with us here at London Guildhall University and then London Metropolitan University. Some words of remembrance from The Cass staff:

‘Valerie really enjoyed being with the students, earnest about the work they did and her own practice. The college was so lucky to have such a gifted member of staff.’ Kaye Newman 

‘Valerie was a very dear friend for over 20 years and I will miss her tremendously. She was one of the most genuinely kind, giving people I've ever met and spent most of her life, looking after other people ahead of herself, whether they were family, friends or students.

Val was one of the first people I met when we moved the course I worked on from Tower Hill to Commercial Road back in 1991 and we spent almost every lunchtime in the canteen together, along with Dr Mike King for the next several years.

I was lucky enough to again have lunch with both Val and Mike in a local restaurant on Dec 13th 2013. Although we had no idea that it would be the last time we would meet, we parted ways with a big hug. That someone so warm and caring should be the victim of such a terrible crime is something I cannot comprehend and that final hug has become a moment in my life that I will treasure forever.’ Rennay Mathurin 

‘I remember Val as a considerate and sensitive member of the team with a great sense of humour and a strong work ethic. When she left to start a new phase of her life, we were sad to see her go but happy that she was finding her true vocation as an artist in her own right. She will be missed by all who worked alongside her.’ Marianne Forrest 

Our condolences go out to all her friends and family, in the hope that some resolution will be found and solace thereafter.

Recent news from The Cass

Cass Foundation course shows to open on 22 May

Senior lecturer Chi Roberts shares some exciting news about this year's Cass Foundation course shows.

London Met graduate designs artwork for Big Issue Royal Wedding edition

Cass graduate David Tovey discusses his remarkable life and his latest projects in the week his artwork is featured on the royal wedding edition of The Big Issue magazine.

Project Red catwalk show at The Cass

Fashion designers of the future showcase their designs in third annual fashion show.

Cass students selected as Venice 2018 Fellows

Two students have been awarded fellowships and will be spending a month in Venice conducting research.

London Met lecturer chosen for prestigious director’s residency

Lecturer Rishi Trikha is currently taking part in the Circus 50:50 programme and is undertaking a director’s residency at the Roundhouse and at the New Vic Theatre.

Cass Summer Shows 2018 – dates announced

Students from London Met’s Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design showcase their talent with a season of summer events.

Irish Writers in London Summer School

7 June - 13 July 2018

Dates announced for 23rd annual summer programme where students work with leading authors.

The Brady Clubs: An East End Community

2-18 May 2018

New exhibition explores pioneering East End youth clubs through photography and memorabilia.

Young entrepreneurs celebrated at Big Idea Challenge awards

Budding entrepreneurs from across London have been taking part in the annual Big Idea Challenge, one of London’s biggest entrepreneurial competitions for young people.

Ikebana, performance and art

Special Guest Lecturer Takaya Fujii gives students insight into contemporary work inspired by ancient Japanese tradition.

Cass tutor awarded Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship

Rosie Hervey, architecture alumna and tutor is awarded prestigious fellowship for project to investigate different models of ‘living together’.

First Year Interiors students visit the Old Oak Collective

First year Interiors students are investigating new typologies within architecture and were afforded the opportunity to visit the Old Oak Collective, a large co-living space.

A celebration of London's entrepreneurs at the Big Idea Challenge awards 2018

With over 10,000 votes cast world-wide, London Met’s Big Idea Challenge really was its biggest yet. Find out who the 2018 winners are.

PERFORMANCE: New Beginnings

10-12 May 2018

Graduation showcase by Theatre and Performance students at Chelsea Theatre

Antepavilion 2018 success

Architecture alumnus wins annual Architecture Foundation competition with design for inflatable performance venue.