Rich Gilligan began his career photographing the skateboard scene in his hometown Dublin, Ireland. These roots set the groundwork for his loose, documentary approach. He began making his own zines as a teenager and worked as a skate photographer for a variety of publications worldwide. He now shoots a wide range of commissioned projects worldwide while continuing to pursue his artistic work. Rich has had solo exhibitions in Belfast, Melbourne, Switzerland, Inis Oirr, Kilkenny, Galway, Munich, Dusseldorf, London, Dublin. Previous photographic publications include Time/Line (Self Published) 2008, DIY (1980 Editions) 2012, Rituals (AAD) 2014, Burnside (Driftwood) 2014, DIY (Prestel) 2014, Town (The Salvage Press) 2018 and Collapsing Distance (South Wind Blows) 2021. He is currently based in Wicklow, Ireland.
Throughout 2022 Kunstverein Aughrim collaborated with artist and photographer Rich Gilligan, commissioning him to develop Nine Months, a new body of lens-based work responding to the coming-into-being of Kunstverein Aughrim. This collaboration was made possible through strategic support from the Wicklow County Council Arts Office.