Staff Profiles: Prof. Richard Billingham

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Staff Profile: Prof. Richard Billingham
Professor of Fine Art

Richard Billingham staff profile photo

Prof. Richard Billingham

Professor of Fine Art



Richard Billingham is an artist, photographer, filmmaker and teacher. Work in public collections includes The Metropolitan Museum New York; San Francisco MOMA and the V & A and Tate Galleries London.


Richard’s subject matter has included the natural and urban landscape, captive animals, marginalised communities and his own family history. Recently he has written and directed a Bafta Nominated feature film, ‘Ray & Liz’, made entirely from his own lived experience of growing up in the West Midlands during the Thatcher Era. It is currently screening in cinemas internationally. Richard was the first recipient of the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 1997 and was nominated for the Turner Prize 2001. He has been with the University of Gloucestershire since 2006.


Award Title Institution
BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting Sunderland University


BAFTA Nomination Best Debut Feature 2019; Grand Prix City of Luxembourg Film Festival 2019; Douglas Hickox Award 2018; IWC Schaffhausen Award 2018; Special Mention Locarno Film Festival 2018; Golden Alexander Award Best Film Thessaloniki Film Festival 2018; Grand Jury Award Best Director Lisbon and Sintra Film Festival 2018; Grand Jury Award, Seville Film Festival 2018; Silver Star Award for Narrative Film, El Gouna Film Festival, Egypt 2018; Best Film & Best Actress, Batumi International Art House Film Festival 2018; Creative Wales Award 2017; Leverhulme Fellowship 2016; DACs Art360 Award 2016; Panavision/Air France prize FidMarseille International Film Festival 2014; Artist-in-Residence Programme National Art School Sydney 2012; Power of Art Artists Commission BBC & Arts Council of England 2006; Artist-in-Residence VIVID Birmingham 2004; Prince of Wales Bursary for the Arts Athens 2003; Sargant Fellowship British School at Rome 2002; Glen Dimplex Artist Award Shortlist Dublin 2001; Artists Work Programme Irish Museum Modern Art 2001; Turner Prize shortlist 2001; Deutsche Börse Prize 1997; Felix H. Man Memorial Prize 1995

Teaching and research


Richard enjoys teaching and is committed to enabling students to reach their full creative potential. He is interested in the creative process itself and teaching students as individuals and in groups how to best realise their own ideas in both photography and moving image.


Undergraduate, Postgraduate


Richard’s practice encompasses landscape, portraiture, documentary and narrative story telling. It is very much based on the personal observation of everyday life. It is also concerned with our connection to the natural world and ideas of home and shelter.


More publications from Prof. Richard Billingham can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

Richard is regularly asked to adjudicate. Past commitments have included The Rome Fellowship in Contemporary Art, The Spectrum Art Prize London, The Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition, New Contemporaries, Rijksakademie Amsterdam and Foto 8 London.