Richard Hylton is currently Cultural Programme Curator at University for the Creative Arts (UCA), where he is responsible for devising, overseeing and supporting internal and external exhibitions and events across UCA’s campuses in Farnham and Epsom.
Richard Hylton was born in London and studied BA (Hons) Fine Art at Exeter College of Art and Design, between 1987-1990. In 2000, he received an MA in History of Art from Goldsmiths College, London, where he is currently a PhD candidate in the department of Visual Cultures.
Richard has been working as a curator, writer of art criticism and lecturer in a variety of institutions including, Oldham Art Gallery, University of Bradford, Autograph (APB), London School of Economics, Birkbeck, University of Londonand London Metropolitan University since the early 1990s.Hylton’s involvement in the visual arts sector began in 1990 when he was awarded a prestigious eighteen-month Arts Council of England traineeship in exhibition organising, based at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle. The traineeship culminated in 1992 with his first curated exhibition, Shifting Borders a show involving eight artists from across Europe working in sculpture, film, photography, mixed media and installation to explore history and identity.
Since 1992, Hylton has been working in the visual arts sector as an exhibition organiser, lecturer, writer, artist and occasionally as a freelance curator. He has run contemporary art programmes for a number of public and independent arts organisations including Oldham Art Gallery (now Gallery Oldham), University of Bradford, Autograph (Association of Black Photographers), London Metropolitan University and the London School of Economics. He has devised, organised and facilitated the production of over thirty national and international exhibitions involving a wide range of artists and curators.