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Prof Richard Billingham - Professor in Creative Industries

Professor Richard Billingham

Professor in Creative Industries

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Richard Billingham graduated from Sunderland University in 1994 with a degree in painting. In his third year as a BA student, curator Val Williams included some photographs he had originally made as research for his paintings in the show ‘Who’s Looking at the Family?’ at the Barbican Art Gallery, London in 1994.

In 1996, Scalo published his first photobook Rays a Laugh, a sequenced collection of photographs taken of his own family with a short quote/validation from the American photographer Robert Frank. This quote, together with a short statement in Billingham’s own words on the back cover provided the only text to the book- the idea being that the images stood by themselves.

In 1997 Billingham was the first recipient of the The Citibank Private Bank Photography Prize (now the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize) and was subsequently included in a number of significant group shows, including Sensation, Royal Academy, London; New Photography 12, Museum of Modern Art, New York and Life/Live, ARC, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

Gradually he gave up painting to make photographs and to experiment with video and film.

In 1998 BBC2 screened his film Fishtank, (47mins) produced by Adam Curtis and Art Angel. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2001 for his photography and video work. Around this time he undertook a number of artist’s residency programmes including the Sargeant Fellowship at the British School at Rome in 2002 before spending the next few years travelling and making a large body of work called Zoo.

There was a survey show of Billingham’s work at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne in 2007-8 which consisted of photography and video about his own family, the urban landscape in which he grew up and animals in zoos around the world.

He has been selector for New Contemporaries 2008, Open West 2011, Foto8 2011 and other open submission shows. He has lectured and taught in many different universities and art schools internationally such as Yale, University of North Texas, the National Art School, Sydney and was appointed Professor in the Creative Industries at Middlesex University in 2012.

He is currently working on a number of film and photography projects.

Richard Billingham is part of the Art Practice as Investigation Research Cluster.

Richard Billingham’s research in the University Repository

Black country [Artist's photobook]

Billingham, Richard (2004) Black country [Artist's photobook]. Billingham, Richard , ed. The Public, West Bromwich, UK. ISBN 978-0954020026. ...

Photographic Work included in two Group Shows 'Ruination: Photographs of Rome' Nottingham and 'Responding to Rome', Estorick Collection, London

Billingham, Richard (2008) Photographic Work included in two Group Shows 'Ruination: Photographs of Rome' Nottingham and 'Responding to Rome', Estorick Collection, London. [Artefact] ...

New Forest, 2004, solo exhibition of photographic and moving image work and inclusion in one group exhibition, Palazzo Zenobio, Venice, 2005

Billingham, Richard (2004) New Forest, 2004, solo exhibition of photographic and moving image work and inclusion in one group exhibition, Palazzo Zenobio, Venice, 2005. [Show/Exhibition] ...

Zoo - 5 solo exhibitions of photographic and moving image work and inclusion in 3 group exhibitions and 5 international film festivals.

Billingham, Richard (2009) Zoo - 5 solo exhibitions of photographic and moving image work and inclusion in 3 group exhibitions and 5 international film festivals. [Show/Exhibition] ...

Landscapes 2001 - 2003, 3 solo exhibitions, London, Budapest and Brussels.

Billingham, Richard (2001) Landscapes 2001 - 2003, 3 solo exhibitions, London, Budapest and Brussels. [Show/Exhibition] ...

Solo exhibition, 49th Venice Biennale

Billingham, Richard (2001) Solo exhibition, 49th Venice Biennale. [Show/Exhibition] ...

Black Country - 9 solo exhibitions, inclusion in 6 group exhibitions and one survey show of the artists work.

Billingham, Richard (2004) Black Country - 9 solo exhibitions, inclusion in 6 group exhibitions and one survey show of the artists work. [Show/Exhibition] ...

Fishtank

Billingham, Richard (1998) Fishtank. [Film/Video] ...

Saft Lol

Billingham, Richard (2015) Saft Lol. In: Flash 500. Akerman and, Jeremy and Daly, Eileen , eds. Akerman Daly, London. ISBN 9780993018121 ...

Order out of Chaos, artists talk and solo exhibition

Billingham, Richard (2017) Order out of Chaos, artists talk and solo exhibition. In: Order out of Chaos, 24 Feb - 25 Mar 2017, Art Exchange, University of Essex, Colchester, UK. ...

ART:FILM case studies: Elodie Pong & Richard Billingham

Billingham, Richard (2014) ART:FILM case studies: Elodie Pong & Richard Billingham. In: Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival - ART:FILM case studies:, 06 - 16 Nov 2014, Copenhagen, ...

Capturing Middle England

Billingham, Richard (2012) Capturing Middle England. In: Capturing Middle England, 27 Jan 2012, Birmingham uk. ...

Family Photographs 1990 - 2007, Keynote

Billingham, Richard (2007) Family Photographs 1990 - 2007, Keynote. In: The Ethics of Photography, 10 Feb 2007, Yale, USA. ...

Richard Billingham - Ray's a Laugh

Billingham, Richard and Ladd, Jeffery and Ccotton, Charlotte (2014) Richard Billingham - Ray's a Laugh. Books on Books (18). Errata Editions, New York. ISBN 9781935004356 ...

Photographic work included in 'Who Decides?' exhibition and series of public events, National Museum Cardiff, 22 Oct 2017 - 02 Sep 2018

Billingham, Richard (2018) Photographic work included in 'Who Decides?' exhibition and series of public events, National Museum Cardiff, 22 Oct 2017 - 02 Sep 2018. [Artefact] ...

'Revisiting History', exhibition and symposium (28 October 2015) [artist & invited speaker]

Billingham, Richard (2015) 'Revisiting History', exhibition and symposium (28 October 2015) [artist & invited speaker]. In: Revisiting History exhibition and symposium, 23 Oct – 03 Nov 2015, Ha...

Richard Billingham International Solo Touring Exhibition: Ikon Gallery, Birmingham UK; Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin; Nikolaj Contemporary Art Centre, Copenhagen; Brno House of Arts, Czech Republic; Hasselblad Centre, Göteberg, Sweden and Kunsthalle Willhelmshaven, Germany

Billingham, Richard (2001) Richard Billingham International Solo Touring Exhibition: Ikon Gallery, Birmingham UK; Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin; Nikolaj Contemporary Art Centre, Copenhagen; Brno Ho...

Photographic work included in New Photography 12, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Billingham, Richard (1996) Photographic work included in New Photography 12, Museum of Modern Art, New York. [Artefact] ...

Ray, single screen gallery installation, 2 solo exhibitions and inclusion in 2 group exhibitions and 3 cinema screenings

Billingham, Richard (2015) Ray, single screen gallery installation, 2 solo exhibitions and inclusion in 2 group exhibitions and 3 cinema screenings. [Show/Exhibition] ...

Photographic work included in Sensation (18 September – 28 December 1997) at the Royal Academy of Arts, London touring to Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin and the Brooklyn Museum, New York City

Billingham, Richard (1997) Photographic work included in Sensation (18 September – 28 December 1997) at the Royal Academy of Arts, London touring to Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin and the Brooklyn Mu...