Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic, UWE
Paul Gough was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Art, Media and Design at UWE in January 2000. Established in 1853 the Faculty recently celebrated its 150th anniversary as one of the largest providers of art and design teaching, professional practice and research in the south-west of England.
Paul studied Fine Art at Wolverhampton Polytechnic (BA hons. First Class with Distinction, 1979), painting at the Royal College of Art, London (MA, 1985) and has a PhD on representations of conflict in British war art (1991) from the Royal College of Art, London (supervisors Dr Frank Whitford and Professor Sir Christopher Frayling). His research interests are in the representation of conflict, the cultural geographies of war and peace, and the iconography of commemoration and remembrance. His academic work has been published in many refereed journals, books and essays, he speaks regularly at conferences on cultural geographies, national identity and memorialisation, visual and material culture in UK and abroad.
Since 1995 he has worked with several Canadian Universities and museums on the memorialisation of Canadian involvement in European wars. In 1996 he was funded by Wilfrid Laurier University to conduct fieldwork in Northern France, and was sponsored by the British Council and various Canadian Universities for an exhibition and lecture tour in 1999-2000 to Canada.
In March 2000 he was awarded a research grant from the Canadian High Commission to examine peace landscapes in Toronto and northern Europe.
Recent published papers include an examination of the contested history in siting the Bristol Cenotaph (Journal of Historical Geography) and an appraisal of memorial landscapes on the Somme in northern France (Cultural Geographies).
As a broadcaster, painter and writer he has a wide range of public outputs. He has had many one-person exhibitions in the UK and abroad, including solo shows in Canada (2000) and Australia (2003) and is represented in several permanent collections including the Imperial war Museum London; the National War Museum, Canada, and the National Art Collections Fund, UK. He is an elected member of the Royal West of England Academy and one of its trustees.
As a broadcaster he has presented art programmes on ITV and BBC2, and spoken frequently on BBC Radio 4 He has also worked as a presenter and associate producer on several documentaries, including the award-winning Redundant Warrior, the story of war photographer Don McCullin (C4 1991). He worked for HTV between 1988–98 presenting regional arts magazine programmes and six series of arts debates on art, literature, dance, poetry, classical and modern music. In 2000 he had a credit for ‘Design Research’ in the Aardman Animation feature film Chicken Run, advising the directors on the representation of the film’s landscape.
A past treasurer of the National Association for Fine Art Education he was also co-editor of its journal Drawing Fire and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Visual Arts Practice and other HE journals. He has been a reviewer and manuscript editor for several international journals, including Landscape Research, International Journal of Heritage Studies, and Cultural Studies. In 1997 he became chair of the Public Memorials and Sculpture Association regional archive centre for South-west England supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
He was a subject reviewer for Art and Design during the QAA subject review period (1998-2000), and served as a University QAA facilitator and auditor for various quality management processes. He has chaired numerous validation, review and quality assurance panels. He served as an executive member of CHEAD (Council for Heads of Art and Design in Art Education) 1998-2001. In 2000-2001 he served on the RAE panel for Unit of Assessment 64 (Art and Design) and currently sits on the Visual Arts and Media panel of the AHRB and the HEFCE Research Capability panel. He is chair of the SW Design Forum, sponsored by Culture South-west, DCMS and SW-RDA