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Prof. Richard Billingham's 50th Anniversary Guest Seminar

The School of Arts

Monday, 26 January 2015 from 17:00 to 19:00 (GMT)

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Art History & Visual Cultures Research Centre in collaboration with Kent Arts Network present:


                             A 50th Anniversary Guest Seminar

                           Monday January 26th Studio 1  5-7pm 

Former ‘YBA’ Richard Billingham will discuss the development of his practice since 1990 in conversation with Grant Pooke. The seminar will explore the early and now iconic photographs and video of his family and the urban landscape in which he grew up, including the critically acclaimed body of work which explored the effects of confinement in Zoos and more recent practice influenced by the British landscape. The seminar will provide insights into the ideas and narratives which have informed Richard Billingham’s aesthetic, tracing narratives, cross-linkages and themes from his early work to the present.


There will be a drinks and alumni reception to follow the event.

Admission will be ticketed through Eventbrite on a first come and first served basis. All very welcome.

Professional Biography

Professor Richard Billingham graduated from Sunderland University with a degree in Painting in 1994. During his third year, writer and curator Val Williams included some of his photographs originally made as research for paintings in the show Who’s Looking at the Family? Barbican Art Gallery, London. A year later Scalo published a sequenced collection of photographs taken of his own working class family in the photo book Ray’s a Laugh with a quote and validation from the American photographer Robert Frank. This, together with a paragraph by Billingham printed on the back cover, was the only text to the book, the idea being that the images stood by themselves.

In 1997 he was the first recipient of the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize and the following year BBC2 broadcast his film Fishtank, (47mins) produced by Artangel and filmmaker Adam Curtis. He exhibited at the Venice Biennale 2001 and was nominated for the Turner Prize for his show at Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery.

Richard Billingham gave up painting to experiment further with photography and video, undertaking a number of artist residency programmes including the Sargeant Fellowship at the British School at Rome and the Artist’s work programme at the Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. He also made photographs in Ethiopia, Pakistan and South America. Together, the residencies and travel resulted in several critically successful bodies of work, amongst them Zoo. Existential in nature, its main themes were confinement and its behavioural effects.

Richard Billingham was given a survey show People, Places, Animals at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 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. His work is held in many international public collections such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum, New York, V&A and the Tate Galleries, London.

Besides gallery exhibition, his videos have been screened at numerous Film Festivals such as the International Film Festival, Rotterdam; Locarno International Film Festival and the New York Video Festival. His most recent video, Siberian Tiger, a satirical piece based on shopping channel TV was broadcast on Channel 4 in 2012. He is currently in production of a feature film.

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Jarman Studio 1
University of Kent
United Kingdom

Monday, 26 January 2015 from 17:00 to 19:00 (GMT)

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