Approved: 16.08.2006

Sarah Jane Richards

Artist, Arts development worker, Community worker, Project manager, Teacher

Approved: 16.08.2006

Workshops/Art Projects:  ~~A freelance artist with over eight years experience my work includes designing, managing and facilitating workshops, art activities, events, public art projects and murals. With an emphasis on encouraging personal artistic development and a deeper awareness of the visual arts, I have worked within the educational sectors at all levels, with mental health groups and hospitals, with community groups and with prominent North West Galleries. I have a large and varied skill base, being able to tailor a workshop/classes/event to deliver great participation reviews and excellent end results. These include but are not restricted to, artist bookmaking, drawing, painting, printmaking, willow lantern sculptures.

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  • Location: Liverpool, North West
  • Contexts: Project, Public art
  • Artforms: Drawing, Painting
  • Tags: architecture & environment, art, painting, large paintings, art maze, art playground, public art, art cheltenham, urban landscapes, painting commission, collage, drawing




    Workshops/Art Projects:  ~~A freelance artist with over eight years experience my work includes designing, managing and facilitating workshops, art activities, events, public art projects and murals. With an emphasis on encouraging personal artistic development and a deeper awareness of the visual arts, I have worked within the educational sectors at all levels, with mental health groups and hospitals, with community groups and with prominent North West Galleries. I have a large and varied skill base, being able to tailor a workshop/classes/event to deliver great participation reviews and excellent end results. These include but are not restricted to, artist bookmaking, drawing, painting, printmaking, willow lantern sculptures.

    Commissions/Managing:  ~~I have recieved regular commissions to produce art for high profile designers on numerous public art ptojects throughout the UK. These include Cath Kidston, Celia Birtwell, Laura Ashley, Usbourne Books and Jools Holland.  I have created murals and large artwork for schools, parks,  community arts projects, festivals and events. As a Director and Studio Manager of Arena Studios and Gallery from 2005 - 2010 I was charged with the day to day running and overall direction of the studio group and gallery, writing successful funding bids, securing the gallery programme and installing charity fund raising events. In 2012 I was the Art coordinator for Stroll: Discovery trails, a high profile public art project with the Greater London Authority and London Olympic Company for the London Olympics 2012

    Design: ~~I have been commissioned to create a building facade for a public building. This included the design of locational signs and signs along the main roads approaching the building.

    Painting/Exhibitions: ~~I create small and medium sized intimate paintings which evoke interior and exterior landscapes. Within these works I am seeking new forms and images which aim to emanate from and are part of the content and process. I utilise a variety of painting, mark making and collage techniques to explore a synthesis of form and content. I am inspired by my experiences and memories which I endeavour to portray or express through a juxtaposition of parallel elements including chaos and order, renewal and destruction, form and formlessness. My current practice is concerned with architectural elements of internal and external viewpoints. My research includes looking at buildings which encompass a wide range of age and style. My visual studies are not only concerned with the space in which architectural buildings sit, nor just within the internal spaces they generate, but also the relationship between forms and other surrounding features, including objects and natural forms. It is hoped that by comparing differing elements of forms, shapes and textures I will encourage a new vision of space and time. My practice includes a constant reassessment of the arrangements of differing elements within my work and I seek to explore new relationships and context. I aim to enhance the disparity between different painterly forms and content to establish a new expression.

    CV & Education

    Qualification and Training

    2009   Arts Award Leader, Bronze and Silver, Manchester

    2004   Bachelor Degree of Fine Art, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds

    2003   Erasmus Student exchange programme, Universitat de Belles Artes, Barcelona

    2002   Cyprus College of Art, Lempka, Cyprus

    2002   Institutes Cervantes, Leeds

    2000   BTEC Foundation, Deeside College, North Wales

    1994   Yale Sixth Form College, Wrexham, North Wales

    1993   Castell Alun High School

    Public Liability  Insurance and CBR held



    2012   Comma Artist Residency, Butterfly Park, New Ferry

    Residency in direct relation to the natural concerns of the Butterfly Park in New Ferry. This collaborative installation incorporated wall and floor painted murals and three-dimensional works which are on permanent display the grounds of The ButterflyPark.

    2009   Making it – Artist Residency, The Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk

    Exhibition and Artist Residency offering a platform for public observation and participation in artist studio practice. From conception to realization, this project focused on the creative process where I was commissioned to set up my studio in the gallery and create a body of work, documenting and evaluating creative decisions and choices and establishing a dialogue about these with the gallery audience.

    Artist in Residence, Ellesmere Port Specialist School of Performing Arts, Ellesmere Port

    Artist in residence working as part of changing spaces project and enrichment week. Designing and creating large scale murals for different departments throughout the school.  Creating workshops to realize the murals with art students.

    2008   Face to Face, School Residencies, Sefton Art Council, Liverpool

    Art Co-ordinator and originator for Sefton Arts Schools Portraiture Project entitled ‘Face to Face’. The project included a two-day artist residency at twenty different primary schools in Sefton. Selected works were featured in a children’s art exhibition at the Atkinson Gallery in Southport in summer 2008





    Southport Flower Show Labyrinth garden; Co-ordinator of workshops working with four adult groups in crea ting a labyrinth, willow dome and ten 6ftx2ft murals for the Southport Flower Show.


    Artist Co-ordinator and artist for Stroll;Discovery Trails, London; Project with the Greater London Authority and London Olympic Company for the London Olympics 2012.  The role entailed overall co-ordination of over seventy artist throughout the UK in design submission and successful commissioning of eighty hand painted Olympic mascots that formed six trails throughout London during the games. Alongside this was the practical research, distribution and instruction to the artists on using specific paints, glazes and decals. Responsible for advising a maintenance team during the project and in leading the restoration work prior to auction.

    Cultural Olympiad Project, West Lancashire; Lead artist in co-ordination workshops with groups from West Lancashire including Mencap, Young Carers, two primary schools, a high school and a special needs school to create six large scale flags to celebrate the Olympics 2012.


    Convatec Flag Design, painting commission; Designing and painting an image incorporating the twelve global location sites for a corporate flag


    Rhino Mania Maintenance team, Chester; Part of the maintenance team during the 10 week project, painting damaged sculptures on location and interfacing with the public.


    Relaunching Arena Gallery 2009 Events and Exhibition Programme; A member of Arena Gallery committee juntil 2011. Working at setting up and organizing exhibitions and events for Arena Gallery

    Arena Studios and Gallery - Project Manager; Project Manager for Arena Art Auction and Open Studios as part of the Liverpool Long Night.


    Arena Studios and Gallery – Project Manager; Relocating and Expanding Arena Studios. Managing the relocation to permanent premises for the studio group. This included building 22 new studios spaces and a gallery as well as expanding the group to include 28 visual artists. Founder and project manager of Arena Baubles Fund raising event.


    Arena Studios and Gallery –  Project Manager;  Arena Annual Auction and Open Studios


    Arena Studios and Gallery – Project Manager; Writing a successful bid to The Culture Company to relocate the studio group and write a business plan. Managing of the relocation of the studios and the ongoing development of Arena’s Business Plan. Managing Arena Annual Auction and Open Studios       

    Arena Biennial Exhibitions 2006; Writing the successful funding bid from The Arts Council England. Managing the three month exhibition which saw over 46 artists exhibiting in the four storey building. Including curation,  project manager, organization, building , documenting and promoting.

     Murals and Public Art and Prizes


    Gromit Unleashed, Bristol; Commisoned to paint three Gromits for the Gromit Unleashed Project including two designs by Celia Birtwell and Cath Kidston and creating a design in response to a piece of music created by Jools Holland.


    Dwiali Festive of Light, Walk the Plank, Manchester; Painting three 8ft x12ft images of Indian Gods to form part of the festival of Light celebration.


    Steeling Skies, Rednile Projects, Sheffield; Painting ten 1930’s lampposts as part of a permanent public art commission in Sheffield.

    Superlambanana, Rainhill High School; Painting one large and two small superlambananas.

    Manchester Day Parade, Walk the Plank, Manchester; Designing and painting three large banners for the Manchester Day Parade.

    Liverpool Greats, Liverpool Discovers Public Art project; Celebrating Liverpool icons. Commissioned to paint three Liverpool characters to be displayed during the Liverpool Discovers Public Art Project.

    Convatec Dragons Commission; Corporate art commission to design and paint two fiberglass dragons for Convatec International Ltd


    Rhino Mania, Wild in Art commissionS; Commissioned to paint two Rhinos as part of the Rhino Mania event

    Rhino Mania, Cheshire West and Cheshire Commission; Commissioned to design and paint a large and small Rhino depicting Ten GardenS of Distinction from National Trust properties within Cheshire.

    Lions of Bath, Artist Commission, Bath; Painting a 6ft fiberglass lion to the specific design of Cath Kidson for public display in the city of Bath


    Go Penguins, Wild In Art, Artists Commission, Liverpool; Commissioned to paint two Penguins as part of the Winter Trail for Merseyside. Wildflower Penguin, inspired by wildflowers and insects from the UK,  sponsored by Birkenhead Park and Wirral council and on permanent display at Birkenhead Park Visitor Center. Flora, a design chosen by Cath Kidston, was sponsored by Liverpool ONE


    Hesketh Park Mural, Southport; Co-designing and painting a 24 foot mural for Hesketh Park based on David Hockney’s Mulholland Drive. Also facilitated a one day workshop hosted during the parks annual festival with local children painting boards for the Victorian kiosk.


    Hoarding/Mural Project, Community groups throughout North Liverpool; Design co-ordinator for large mural project for P.A.Y.P. In conjunction with Sefton Council Arts Development and R.O.K. Construction. The project involved the inclusion of eight different youth centers within the Sefton area and resulted in the production of a one hundred foot long full colour mural.


    Spectrum Painting Prize; Winner of the Spectrum Painting prize for achievement in painting.



    Creative Alternative Core Artist, Sefton Arts, Merseyside; Providing group based activities for people with mild to moderate anxiety /depression, promoting expressive play and creative skills development. Ongoing since 2011

    The Atkinson, Southport;  Designing and facilitating art workshops for The Atkinson aimed at a wide cross section of the public. Ongoing since 2011

    Life Drawing Classes, The Chapel Gallery Ormskirk; Life Drawing classes for adults. ongoing since 2012

    Arts Award and Workshop Leader, Saturday Art Club, The Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk; Workshop leader for the Saturday art club held in Ormskirk providing expert advice and support in which young people aged between 8 and 16 can develop work inspired by the Galleries exhibitions. Also leader in Arts Award, providing the opportunity  for 11-25 year olds to cultivate a deeper appreciation and personal development within the arts at Bronze level. On going since 2009

    Go With The Flow, The Atkinson Gallery, Southport and May Logan Bootle; Designing and facilitating an ongoing weekly workshop teaching drawing and painting skills and encouraging creative skills based around an appreciation of the arts for Sefton Arts Council. Ongoing since 2008

    Junior Rangers Art Club, West Lancashire Park Rangers, desiging and facilitating wokshops through the summer holidays exploring creativity through nature. Ongoing since 2011

    Holiday Activities Programme, The Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk; Designing and delivering full day workshops during the school holidays for young people looking at developing new skills and encouraging creativity.   Ongoing since 2007


    Workshop Leader, Shares, Lancashire; Working with Shares Lancashire to deliver afterschool clubs within Skelmersdale and Up Holland

    School Projects, West Lancashire; Designing workshops for primary schools to develop creativity within the curriculum.

    Bookmaking classes, Cambridge Children’s Center, Liverpool; Designing and facilitating a 6 week project working with young parents to make personal art books using a variety of bookmaking techniques.


    Introduction to Oil Painting, Oriel Wrecsam, North Wales; Introducing oil painting skills and techniques to adults

    Mixed Media Painting classes, Oriel Wrecsam North Wales; Designing and facilitating a weekly class introducing adults to mixed media techniques as part of the ‘Experimenting with Colour’ projects


    The Big Draw, Workshop Leader, West Lancashire Open Studios event, Skelmersdale; Designing and facilitating two family friendly drop-in events in The Concourse Shopping Center based on Imaginary Landscapes.


    Painting and Collage Workshop, Prenton High School, Wirral, Two day painting workshop with year 9 for enrichment week creating paintings of aquatic life for display around the school.

    Workshop Leader for Nugent Education, Various location; Facilitating workshops in jewellery making and air drying clay with children in community centers and youth centers throughout the North West.

    Free and Active, Netherton Community Center, Liverpool; Coordinator of an eight month programme which delivered a weekly arts and craft workshop to under 14s at Netherton Arts Center.

    Abstract Painting workshop, Prenton High School, Wirral; One day painting workshop with 6th form students teaching techniques which inspire my abstract paintings.


    Community Workshops, Sefton Arts Council, Liverpool; Art workshop coordinator for Connexion Youth Service P.A.Y.P (Positive Activities for Young People) in conjunction with Sefton Council. Designing and facilitating art workshops across Sefton Community Centers.


    Big Arts week, Shorefield Comprehensive, Liverpool; Designing and facilitating a week long workshop with year 9.  Students developed a self portrait which was then exhibited in the school.


    Painting Workshop, Horsforth High School, West Yorkshire; Artist talk and portrait painting workshop with 6th form art students.


    Heydays Adult Activity Programme, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leed; Designing and facilitating 14 week workshop based on 17th Century Spanish painting, looking at Goya and using traditional materials such as egg tempura and pigment.


    Lectures and Artist Talks

    2013   -Judge for The West Lancashire Open, The Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk

    2011   - Visiting Lecturer, St Helen’s College, Fine Art Degree students

    2010   - Visiting Lecturer, St Helen’s college, Fine Art Degree students

                - Wild in Art, Dee radio Chester radio talk on Rhino Mania public art event

    2009  -  Wild In Art, Merseyside radio talk on being commissioned two penguins.

                -  Artist talk on professional practice, Arena Gallery

                -  Interview for Tether internet broadcast, Nottingham based artists collective regarding

                    studio ergonomics.

    2008   -  Artist Talk and critique on personal practice, Arena studios

    2007   -  Radio interview for City Talk, discussion based on Arts Council Funding

    2006   -  Radio interview for culture Corner, Radio Merseyside regarding Independents


    2005   -  Artists talk on painting and studio practice, Horseforth College, Yorkshire



    2011          West Lancashire Open, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk

                      Bankley Studios, Group Show, Manchester

    2010           In every dream home a heartache, Bridewell Gallery, Liverpool

                       Re-touched, Independent, Liverpool Biennial

    2009          Open Art 2009, The Godfrey Pilkington Art Gallery, St Helens

                       Unique Perspectives, Selected Exhibition, The Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk

                       Making it, Selected Exhibition, The Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk

    2008            Drawn Here, Independents Biennial, Liverpool

                       The Sefton Open, The Atkinson Gallery, Southport

                       West Lancashire Open, The Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk

                       Wirral 4th Annual Open, The Williamson Gallery, Birkenhead

                       Up and Coming, Contemporary Urban Center, Liverpool

                       A painters Glance, Kunsthaus Rhenania, Cologne, Germany

                       Changing 8, The Cornerstone Gallery, Hope University, Liverpool

    2007           West Lancashire Open, The Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk

                       Transit, Nexus Art Gallery, Manchester

    2006           Co-he-sion, Independents Biennial, Arena Gallery, Liverpool

                       Leeds Art Fair, The Light, Leeds

                       Relentless Forms, Urban Arts Lounge, Liverpool

    2005           Prize Exhibition, Royal Birmingham Society of Arts, Birmingham

                       North Wales Open, Theater Clwyd, Mold

                       West Lancashire Open, The Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk

    2004            Y Tabernacle, Museum of Modern Art, Machynlleth, Wales