Victoria Cleland, Chief Cashier and Director of Banknotes at the Bank of England recently visited Cardiff School of Art and Design at Cardiff Metropolitan University seeking nominations for the £20 note design campaign.
During her visit, Victoria spoke to the School’s students about some of the techniques their designers use to avoid counterfeiting and how they and their advisers decide on who should feature on the banknotes.
She also talked about the change from paper to polymer notes which will be released in the next two years featuring portraits of former Prime Minister, Winston Churchill on the five pound note and English novelist, Jane Austen on the five pound note.
Victoria urged the School’s students to nominate a historically esteemed artist or designer that has left a long-standing impact and legacy in the world of art and design.
Victoria Cleland was appointed Chief Cashier and Director for Notes in March 2014 and took up the post in June 2014.
Professor Olwen Moseley, Professor of Design Industry Engagement (Personal Chair) commented on Victoria’s visit, ‘‘We were honored that Victoria Cleland chose to visit Cardiff Metropolitan University to share her industry knowledge and insight with our students.
“We are delighted that the Bank of England is running a campaign to encourage suggestions of historical figures from the creative sector to be featured on the new £20 note. We have certainly contributed a number of possible candidates and look forward to seeing the final design.’’
Victoria Cleland said: “I was delighted to have the opportunity to meet a group of art and design students at Cardiff Metropolitan University and hear their thoughts and answer their astute questions.”