Gillian Richardson

BA (Hons) Fine Art LBIPP


Gillian has been working as a fine art landscape photographer in Pembrokeshire for over 30 years. She was born in Northumberland and grew up in North Yorkshire, where she was captivated by the wild moorland scenery. The landscape of her surroundings has always been a great influence on her.


After taking a Fine Art Degree at University of London, Goldsmiths College, specialising in Sculpture, she followed a postgraduate course at Hornsey College of Art in London, studying Environmental Studies and Architectural Design. She taught in London at Croydon College of Art, and then moved to Cumbria, to follow a teaching career in Art and Design. Living in Cumbria, the Lake District landscape continued to be an important part of her artistic expression, and photography became an increasing part of her visual language.


Following marriage and a move to Pembrokeshire in 1983, she has become an established artist and photographer.


Gillian is married with two children and lives in the Pembrokeshire village of Spittal,  where she has a small Studio Gallery displaying a range of her work, and greetings cards, which may also be purchased. Visitors by appointment, please.


Gillian gained her BTEC HND in Photography following studies 1996-98 at Coleg Sir Gar Carmarthen College, Carmarthen (previously CCTA), and has been a qualified member of the British Institute of Professional Photography since 1999, when she gained her Licentiateship (LBIPP).

Exhibitions and Venues

Gillian studied and taught for several years in London and Cumbria, during which time her sculpture and art work was exhibited in London, The Lake District, and the Borders. 


Her photographic work has been widely exhibited over the years, following the Cornwall Branch of The Council for the Protection of Rural England choosing a selection of her work for a National Touring  Exhibition in 1988. 


Exhibitions, and Venues where her work has been displayed, include:


St Martins Gallery, Leicester Square

University of London, Goldsmiths College

Lochinvar Centre, Cumbria

Lairthwaite Centre, Keswick, Cumbria (Solo)

The Arts Centre Trust, Truro, Cornwall

Bloomfield Centre, Narberth (Solo)

Fishguard Library (Solo)

The Bristol Guild

The Fox Talbot Museum of Photography, Lacock

The Royal Photographic Society’s National Centre of Photography, Bath

The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge

The National Eisteddfod of Wales

The Ceri Richards Gallery, Swansea

The Ginger Gallery, Bristol

The Dockside Gallery, Milford Marina (Inaugural Exhibition)

The Ffotogallery, Cardiff (Members’ Exhibition)

Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen 

Carmarthen Library and Haverfordwest Library Art West Exhibition

The Grand Theatre, Swansea (Christmas Exhibition, Solo)

The Cathedral Hall, St. Davids

The Exhibition Hall, County Library, Haverfordwest (Solo) 

Art  West Open Exhibitions, Fishguard. 

The Cloister Gallery, St Davids Cathedral (Solo)

The Joanna Field Gallery, Torch Theatre, Milford Haven (Solo)

Tenby Museum and Art Gallery

Tregwynt Mansion, near Fishguard

Cultural, Historical Heritage and Natural History Projects
  • 1994: Worked on a European Heritage Project and produced images for Pembrokeshire County Council.

  • 1995-96: Researched and photographed the historical and geographic sites relating to the Last Invasion of Britain.

  • 1997: Recorded the celebrations of the Last Invasion of Britain, including the visits of HRH Princess Anne and HRH Prince Charles, which took place in Fishguard and Goodwick.

  • 1997: Worked on and produced images for Pembrokeshire Coast National Park National Trail Exhibition Project. 

  • 2007: Work used in the montage accompanying the display of the Tapestry of 'The Last Invasion' at Fishguard Town Hall.

  • 2012-13: Work published in a study commissioned by the Crown Estate, entitled 'Art as a tool in support of the understanding of coastal change in Wales'.


Commissioned work for:

  • Hamdden Ltd, Welsh Water

  • Pembrokeshire Perfumes, St Davids

  • Countryside Council for Wales

  • Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

and for many private individuals. 


Gillian also supplies nature, heritage, conservation and tourism organisations and publications with her photographic images.

Ongoing Projects
  • The Botanic Image: studies of the National Botanic Garden of Wales, including a new range of her Greetings Cards

  • Celtic Landscape Imagery: photography of our western coasts - West Wales, Cornwall, The Isle of Skye, South West Ireland - and the English Lake District