Paul Gough is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Vice President, College of Design and Social Context, RMIT University.
A painter, broadcaster and writer, Paul Gough has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad, most recently in Canada, New Zealand and Australia, and is represented in several permanent art collections – including Imperial War Museum, London; Canadian War Museum, and the National War Memorial, New Zealand.
Paul's research interests lie in the iconography of commemoration, the cultural geographies of battlefields, and the representation of peace and conflict. Among his recent publications is a monograph on the British artist Stanley Spencer (2006), A Terrible Beauty, an extensive study of British art of the Great War (2010), and the edited correspondence between Desmond Chute and Stanley Spencer, published in 2011.
A book on the street artist Banksy - Banksy: A Bristol Legacy - was published in April, 2012. His book – ’Brothers in Arms’ – about the post-war work of Paul and John Nash was published in summer 2014. As part of a broad portfolio of activity linked to the centenary of the Great War, he curated three exhibitions in London and Bristol in 2014 and has been advising the Royal Mint in the UK on the design principles, iconography and potential artists for their commemorative coinage linked to the centenary of the war, 2014-2019.
During ten years work as a television presenter, researcher and associate producer he worked for ITV, BBC and C4 on a range of creative arts programmes from dance to drama, poetry to painting, including the award-winning documentary Redundant Warrior, about the photographer Don McCullin, and a documentary on military sketching and panorama drawing.
In a comprehensive portfolio of research leadership roles he served on the Strategic Advisory Group of the Arts and Humanities Research Council and was chair of the AHRC ’Landscape and Environment’ commissioning panel, a five year and 5 million pounds programme of inter-disciplinary research. Having been a panel member for RAE 2001 and on the HEFCE Research Capability Fund panel, he became chair of sub-panel 63 in RAE 2008 with responsibility for art and design, and has since worked internationally – in Australia, Romania, and New Zealand – on research assessment exercises. In 2014 he was chair of the Research Assessment Exercise panel for arts, design and performing arts in Hong Kong.
- Gough, P. (2016). Existencillism: Banksy and the stencil as radical graphic form In: Drawing: Research, Theory and Practice, 1, 97 - 117
- Gough, P. (2015). "Turf Wars": grass, greenery and the spatiality of commemoration. Recurring debates and disputes in the uses of horticultural iconography by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in northern Europe In: At Home in the Future, Lit Verlag, Zurich, Switzerland
- Gough, P. (2014). 'Brothers in Arms', John and Paul Nash, and the aftermath of the Great War, Sansom and Co Ltd., United Kingdom
- Gough, P. (2014). 'Planting Memory': the challenge of remembering the past on the Somme, Gallipoli and Melbourne In: Garden History, , 1 - 15
- Gough, P.,Morgan, S. (2013). A faux cenotaph: Guerilla interventions and the contestation of rhetorical public space In: Journal of War and Culture Studies, 6, 92 - 108
- Gough, P. (2012). Banksy: The urban calligrapher In: Banksy: The Bristol Legacy, Sansom and Company, Bristol
- Gough, P. (2012). Banksy: painter, prankster, polemicist In: Banksy: The Bristol Legacy, Sansom and Company, Bristol, United Kingdom
- Gough, P. (2011). The 'versus' habit: Bristol, Banksy and the Barons In: Lest We Forget: Remembrance and Commemoration, The History Press, Stroud, United Kingdom
- Gough, P. (2011). 'Cultivating dead trees': The legacy of Paul Nash as an artist of trauma, wilderness and recovery In: Journal of War and Cultural Studies, 4, 323 - 340
- Gough, P. (2011). Your loving friend, Stanley: The great war correspondence between Stanley Spencer and Desmond Chute, Sansom and Company, Bristol, United Kingdom