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. He recently wrote and directed the Bafta nominated feature film, ‘Ray & Liz’, made entirely from his own lived experience of growing up in the West Midlands during the Thatcher Era. 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


European Parliament Lux Film Prize Official Selection 2019; BAFTA Nomination Best Debut Feature 2019; Grand Prix City of Luxembourg Film Festival 2019; Best Film Vilnius Film Festival 2019; Best Feature Film Award Subversive Film Festival Croatia 2019; SIGNIS Award, ADF Cinematography Award and Best Actress Award Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema 2019; Jury Prize and TV Broadcasting Rights Award Brussels International Film Festival 2019; Best Feature Film 16th Yerevan International Film Festival Armenia 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; Special Mention Festival Du Nouveau Cinema Montreal 2018; Wakelin Award Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Swansea 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; Special Jury Prize Diaganale Festival of Austrian Film 1999; Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 1997; Felix H Man Memorial Prize 1995

Teaching and research


Richard is committed to enabling students to reach their full creative potential. He is interested in the creative process itself and in teaching students in small groups and individually how to best develop and realise their own ideas in photography and moving image. Richard has a wide range of teaching experience; as well as the University of Gloucestershire, he has taught in more than 20 other institutions internationally including Fatamorgana School of Art Photography Copenhagen; Sint Lucas School of Arts Brussels; Ruskin College University of Oxford and the Royal College of Art London. 


Undergraduate, Postgraduate


Richard’s practice encompasses landscape, portraiture, documentary and narrative story telling. It is based on the close observation of everyday life and the works realism often stirs strong emotions in viewers.

His practice is also concerned with our connection to the natural world and ideas of home and shelter. Recently Richard has begun working with homeless, marginalised and disenfranchised members of the community in regional UK citiess

External responsibilities

Richard has contributed to various symposia including The Ethics of Photography Yale 2007 Newhaven (Keynote); Responding to a Landscape MAC Birmingham 2017 (Keynote); Exposure 3: Human drama and documentary, ICA, London 2015 and Artists Films CPH Doc, Copenhagen, Denmark 2014.


Richard is regularly asked to adjudicate. This year (2019) he was a member of the International Competition Jury at FIDMarseille Film Festival, France. Past commitments have included The Rome Fellowship in Contemporary Art 2018; The Spectrum Art Prize London 2018; The Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition 2015; New Contemporaries 2009; Rijksakademie Amsterdam 2005 and Foto 8 London 2011.

He has been a visiting speaker at many public institutions including Chobe Mela Photography Festival Dhaka Bangladesh 2013; Institute for Contemporary Photography Melbourne Australia 2012; Paris Sorbonne University 2010 and Sotherby’s Institute of Art London 2009. This Autumn (2019) he will be giving masterclasses at both the BAFTA qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival in York and Materdiro Centro De Creacion Contemporanea in Madrid, as well as speaking at Emmanuel College London, helping to inspire A Level, IB, Foundation and BTEC students as part of the ‘Art in Action: the Creative Process’ programme.