Richard Wilding

Richard Wilding is a London-based filmmaker, photographer and curator specialising in the documentation of cultural identity, archaeology and costume in the Middle East.

Richard Wilding’s work has been exhibited at the Houses of Parliament, Courtauld Institute of Art and University of Exeter in the UK and in Erbil and Sulaymaniyah in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

Since 2012, Richard has been Creative Director of Gulan, a UK registered charity which promotes Kurdish culture.

In October 2013, Richard was awarded an outreach grant by The British Institute for the Study of Iraq (Gertrude Bell Memorial) towards his photography of the Erbil citadel in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

Richard is a trustee of the Mansoojat Foundation, a charity formed to preserve and document the traditional costumes of Saudi Arabia. He has produced two films about Arabian costumes and heritage and recently completed a book with Mansoojat, due for publication in 2019.

In April 2019, Richard co-curated the exhibition Departures: A journey through the Islamic World, organised by The Barakat Trust and Asia House, London.
He has recently produced a film documenting projects supported by The Barakat Trust across the Islamic world.