A renowned painter was awarded an honorary doctorate at a ceremony at Corsham Court last Thursday.

The abstract artist Sir Howard Hodgkin, 80, was originally a student at the Bath Academy of Art, which used to be based at Corsham Court, before later becoming at tutor at the centre.

Sir Howard’s work has been shown in 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, which now homes 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 honorary doctorate in recognition of his outstanding contribution to, not only British art, but also the Bath Academy of Art and now Bath Spa University.”