University Leadership Team

Prof. Paul Gough

Principal and Vice-Chancellor – Vice Chancellor’s Office

BA (Hons.) MA (RCA) PhD


A painter, broadcaster and writer, Paul Gough has exhibited widely in the UK and overseas, most recently in Canada, New Zealand and Australia, and is represented in several permanent art collections – including the Imperial War Museum, London; the Canadian War Museum, and the National War Memorial, New Zealand. Galleries of his recent art work are available on:

His research interests lie in the iconography of commemoration, the cultural geographies of battlefields, and the representation of peace and conflict. Amongst his recent publications on war art and war artists is a monograph ‘Journey to Burghclere’ about the British artist Stanley Spencer (2006), A Terrible Beauty, an extensive study of British art of the Great War (2010), and ‘Your Loving Friend’, the edited correspondence between Desmond Chute and Stanley Spencer, published in 2011. A further study about Spencer’s memorial chapel in Burghclere was published as ‘The Holy Box’ in collaboration with the National Trust in 2017.

A book on the street artist Banksy – Banksy: A Bristol Legacy – was published in April, 2012, as part of a suite of talks, papers and media productions about the unknown artist.  Gough’s book – ‘Brothers in Arms’ – about the post-war paintings, prints and drawings of Paul and John Nash was published in summer 2014 alongside a curated exhibition of the brother’s paintings. . As part of a broad portfolio of activity linked to the centenary of the Great War, he curated five funded exhibitions – in London and Bristol – in 2014, and advised 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. Gough’s book ‘Dead Ground: A Cultural Reading of Memoryscapes, 1914-1918’ was published in UK and Australia in 2019.

During ten years work as a television presenter, researcher and associate producer Paul 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 ‘Drawing Fire’ a documentary on military sketching and panorama drawing.

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