Renowned abstract artist Sir Howard Hodgkin has been awarded an honorary doctorate at a ceremony held at Corsham Court.

The painter, now 80, was once a student at the Bath Academy of Art, which was based at Corsham Court, and later became at tutor at the centre.

Sir Howard’s work has been exhibited at galleries across the world. He won the Turner Prize in 1985 and was given a knighthood in 1992, for his services to art.

During the ceremony at Corsham Court – now home to art students from Bath Spa University – former colleagues and pupils of Sir Howard’s attended to congratulate him on his honour.

Professor Christina Slade, vice-chancellor of Bath Spa University, said: “Our long and illustrious history as a foremost centre for creativity and artistic talent is reflected by the notable persons who have made it so.

“One of these individuals is Howard Hodgkin, one of Britain’s most influential and respected artists. We are delighted to award him with an honourary doctorate in recognition of his outstanding contribution to, not only British art, but also the Bath Academy of Art and now Bath Spa University.”