Autumn 2003

Malcolm, Peter … and Keith

The British New Wave was born at a boys’ school near Manchester

Over the years, Malcolm Garrett and Peter Saville have often mentioned in interviews that they studied together at Manchester Polytechnic in the 1970s.

Less well known, though it sometimes comes up in passing, is that they also attended the same school, St Ambrose College, an independent Catholic grammar in Hale Barnes, Cheshire. Barely remarked at all, however, is that Keith Breeden, a third, not so renowned contributor to Britain’s graphic ‘new wave’, was a member of the same A level art class. At school, as both Saville and Garrett affirm, Breeden was a significant influence on them. The only known photograph of the three fledgling designers in the school art room is printed tantalisingly small in Saville’s recent monograph, Designed by Peter Saville.

It’s odd, in a way, that more has not been made of this surprising confluence of talent. …

Rick Poynor, writer, Eye founder, London

Read the full article in Eye no. 49 vol. 13 2003

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