Richard graduated from the College of Art and Design in Trent Nottingham University in 1979. He established his studio in West London in the 1980’s. As a member of the Riverside Artist Group he took part in a cultural exchange programme with the Moscow Union of Artists in 1988. The exhibition toured the Soviet Union and showcased contemporary British artists in USSR for the first time since the 1917 revolution. Richard held further exhibitions in Moscow and Berlin in the 1990’s and has works in the Pushkin and Tula contemporary collections. Richard’s interest in the creative process led him to develop community arts initiatives in collaboration with other artists in a variety of art forms. He worked closely with the disability community for a number of years. When he moved to West Cork in 2010 he studied for his Master’s in Art Psychotherapy at Crawford College of Art in Cork; he is currently developing an Art Therapy practice. He continues to maintain his London studio and exhibits regularly in the UK and Ireland.
My work explores a variety of themes on the borders of abstraction. I revel in the potential of the medium to secure meaning through a new gestalt. I am fascinated by a world that is constantly in flux and I work to realise images that resonate these changing realities. My pictures draw together internal and external experiences. I believe that my painting practice and my work as an Art Psychotherapist share a common goal, they are both processes in consciousness.
My work has been directed by a fascination with the creative process. An intuitive approach towards the handling of the material has guided my practice through various phases. This began by investigating the use of colour as a personal language. In early works this led to the exploration of ambiguous narratives resulting from the modelling of colour spaces.
In later work I asserted the dominance of the picture as an object by incorporating mixed media; the use of texture and metallic paint helped to give the work a physical presence. The investigation of fragments of collage became the genesis of new work. The images became more symbolic and iconic in nature. Simple shapes cut from fabric or cubic forms became the starting points for a journey of discovery. The images were resolved through a process of locating these forms into the ground. Completion involved the realisation of the symbolic content which also implied an ambiguous narrative.
My career has involved me in a variety of creative community programmes. The recent landscape series were developed at a time that I was studying for my Masters’ Degree in Art Psychotherapy. Paying attention to external reality seemed an important grounding experience on a course that required a lot of internal reflection. These works may be seen as part of an expressionist tradition which attempts to synthesize internal and external experience by embodying a sense of place in the medium.
CV & Education
2014 - MA Art Therapy1st class Hons, Crawford College Of Art & Design , Cork City Ireland
2012 - CELTA (B Grade) University College Cork
2009 - PRINCE2 Registered Practitioner
1979 - BA Hons Fine Art, Trent Fine Art Dept, Nottingham UK
Current Professional Affiliations
2014 - Member of the Irish Association of Creative Art Therapists (IACAT)
2000/- New Constructivists Artist Group London
1986/- Association of cultural Advancement through Visual Arts (ACAVA)
2007 - Richard Day Recent Paintings, Spinach Design Consultancy, London N1
1998 - Richard Day, Gallery Haas, London NW6
1996 - Eros Und Thanatos, Galerie Assel , Berlin Germany
1995 - Amalgam Art, London SW17
1994 - Renezios Restaurant, London W12
1994 - Richard Day, Tula Museum of Art, Russia
1988 - Pigments and Scratchings, 181 Gallery, London W6
2017 - Chalk and Easel, Balinspittle Cork
2012/16 - Gallery Artist, Doswell Gallery, Roscarberry West Cork Ireland
2017 - West London Annual Open Studios (since 1989), Hetley Studios (ACAVA), London W12
2015 - Over Time Wadesford Quay Gallery Cork
2011 - New Constructivists Group Show, Institute Of Physics, Portland Place London W1
2006 - Order and Chaos, Institute of Physics , London W1
2005 - 'Cross Section' Selected New Constuctivists, Institute of Pathology, London W1
2004 - Inner Circle, Regents College, London W1
2001 - London Group Show, Hoxton Gallery, London E1
1999 - "Lord Rodney's Head", Commercial Too Gallery, London E1
1999 - 'Outer Edge Ghetto Blaster' Richard Day /Stephen Carter Paintings, Kunsthalle Hennigsdorf, Berlin Germany
1997 - "Our Country" Day /LeMaistre/ Oertel., Die Galerie in der Topferei Grothe, Berlin Germany
1990 - Richard Day/Andrei Dukov, Dimitrova Street Gallery, Moscow, Russia
1989 - "Unknown City" , Fulham Palace, London SW6
1989 - ACAVA artists Central Space Gallery, London W12
1989 - Modern Minatures, Central Space Gallery, London W6
1988/90 Mall Gallery Open , Mall Galleries, London W1
1988 - RiAG/USSR 30 British Artists , Moscow Union of Artists/Riverside Artist Group Exchange Programme, Moscow, Tula, Siberia, Riga.
1988 - Works On Paper, Riverside Artists Group(RAG) Central Space Gallery, London W6
1987 - Riverside Artists Group (RAG), Fulham Palace, London SW6
1986 - Vivaldi Gallery, London SW14
1984 - Amalgam Art, London SW13
1983 - Day/ Lemaistre/ Harper, Pennies Gallery, Greewich London SE10
1980 - Campion Gallery, London SW14
2007 - "2 the Studio" multi media recording and training centre, HAFAD Greswell Centre., West London
2006 - Multi Sensory Room (with "Everysense"), HAFAD Greswell Centre, Fulham West London
2002 - "1st Chancers" Disablilty Rap Band launched, HAFAD Greswell Centre, Performing across UK including Liberty and Ealing Jazz Festival
2001 - Eye Movement HAFAD youthscheme film programme, Greswell Centre/screened at South Bank Film Festival, London
1994/10 - Annual Holiday YouthSchemes For Young Disabled People , HAFAD Greswell Centre, London
1994 - "This is my Life" audio visual installlation by adults with learning disabilities, Collaboration 181 Gallery/ SHAPE Arts/ and 395 Goldwak Road Daycentre, Hammersmith and Fulham London
1993 - "Behind the Front Door" Exhibition of art work by residents., Yarrow Housing Association/ Masbro Centre, Hammersmith and Fulham
1993 - "Upstage" Disabilty arts programme, Collaborative programme HAFAD/ SHAPE Arts/ Turtle Keys Arts Centre, Hammersmith and Fulham London
1993/00 - Carnival Puppets and structures annual Masbro Street Carnival , Masbro Road London W12
1990 - The Green Man of Arundel (giant festival structure), Arundel torchlight Festival, Arundel
1987 - The Sea Devil , Hoxton Hall performance with learning disabled adults from Stonebridge Centre adults, London
1991 - Artpack workshops for people with Profound and Complex needs, Goldhawk Road Daycentre / SHAPE arts programme, Hammersmith London
1991 - Mummers and Mumming community show , St Johns Church Epping/ local schools, Epping East London
1990 - Children' s printmaking workshop, Camden Arts Centre, London
1989 - Festival Puppet Skills, Inner London Education Authority (ILEA), Hammersmith And Fulham Special Schools.
1985 - Art Workshops, Brent community programmes, London NW10
1985 - Installation And Drama Workshops, Intermedite Treatment Centre For Young Offenders, Brent
1993 - "Taking Care of Ourselves" Sex Education Video project , 395 Daycentre for Adults with Learning Disabilities, London W12
1993 - "The Dream" Community Show , Visual Arts work St Johns School, Epping East London
1990 - "ALLRIGHT" Combined Arts and Dance programme, Riverside Studios, Hammersmith London 1990 - The Queensmill Lion, Giant Puppet residency with autistic children, Queensmill School Fulham London
1989 - Building a Fantasy / The Final Frontier / Journey to Bluton Combined Arts and Film residencies , Riverside Studios, Hammersmith London
1989 - Thamesday and Pegasus Giant festival Structures, Southbank Centre and Festivals, London W1
1988 - "The Winters End Hare" Giant festival puppet and performance, Winters End Festival Southbank Centre, London W1
1987 - "The Fantasy Greenhouse"community installation , Holly Street Adventure Playground, London E1
1987 - Robots and Automata community installation project, Livesey Museum , Southwark London
1987 - White City Raft installation project, White City Adventure Playgound, London W12
1986 - Performance Programmes, Stonebridge Community Centre for Adults with Learning Disabilities, London NW10
Competitions, prizes and awards
2008 - "KillZone" Gang Crime Film Project Raindance Award , HAFAD Greswell Centre, London
Teaching experience - secondary/ tertiary.
2017- Art therapy Lecture to MA students at Crawford College CIT, Cork City.
2017- Art for Self-Development 8 module course for adults Ashton College Cork City
2012/- English language teaching all ages and abilities; in groups and 1:1.
1994 - "Four Arts" arts in Education programme, Combined Drama and sculpture projects with Empty Space Theatre Company, Hammersmith And Fulham Secondary Schools. Educational experience - tertiary
1992 - Art and Drama Tutor DisabilityGroup, Hammersmith And Fulham Community Education Service, West London (Commended by OFSTED)
1991 - Watercolour Tutor, Adult Education Service Royal Borough Of Kensington And Chelsea, West London
Educational experience - special needs
1993 - "The Giant Food Show" Shop installation project supporting healthy eating programme, Wood Lane Special School (complex Needs)/ installation Shepherds bush Rd , London W12
1990 - Combined arts and Dance Performance Residencies, Wood Lane Special School (complex needs) and Riverside Studios, Wood Lane School
1990 - HIV AIDS Combined Arts Video Programme, X4 residential programmes creating peer led video resources, Hammersmith and Fulham Special Schools
1990 - The Wedgwood Tiger, Giant Puppet Making residency, Wedgwood MLD Special School Hammersmith
Selected Advisory and Consultancy
2004/10 - London Borough of Hammersmith And Fulham (LBHF) Children's Trust Partnership Board elected voluntary Sector Representative.
2007/10 - Social Services Disability Resources Panel (LBHF)
2000/10 - LBHF Learning Disabilities Partnership Board, Executive Committee member.
2005/06 - Youth Matters Next Steps Government Green Paper. Disability Advisor for National Youth Agency advisory committee.
2004 - Disability Youth Work Guidelines Wandsworth Borough Council London.
2003/10 - Children's Fund Partnership Board, Executive Committee member.
2000/03 - Best Value Review Panels for LBHF Social Services and Youth Work provision.
2015 (current) - Artist & Art Psychotherapist Private Practice.
2016-17 Art Therapy placement Mercy Hospital Cork Psychiatric Unit.
2012/14 - Art therapy placements in Cork schools and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).
2012/ - P/t English Tutor for Cork Language Schools
2010/11 - Coordinator West Cork Carers Support Group
2000/11 - Deputy/Acting Director and Youth Services Manager for Hammersmith and Fulham Action on Disability (HAFAD).
1994/00 - Coordinator 1st Chance Project HAFAD
1986/91 - Founder member of the Borough Recreation and Arts Group (BRAG) and the Riverside Artist's Group (RAG)
1985/93 - Freelance Community Artist