Richard is an artist and Co-Artistic Director (with Renny O’Shea) of Quarantine. He co-founded Quarantine in 1998 with Renny O’Shea and Simon Banham. Richard has developed a distinctive practice around a creative response to everyday life and the commonplace.
Richard’s recent work for Quarantine includes directing Wallflower (2015), a dance marathon performance, and the 7-hour epic Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring. (2016). He directed What Is the City but the People?, the opening event of Manchester International Festival 2017, and for BAK, Utrecht (2018). He is co-curating Tenancy (2018/19) with Quarantine’s ensemble, a project inviting artists to take up residence in a new-build house on the border of Salford and Manchester. It is part of Meet the Neighbours, a pan-European artistic project responding to rapid urban development.
Richard was formerly Associate Director at both Contact (1991-95) and Northern Stage (1995-98) and an Associate Artist at Contact (2000-03) and Leicester Haymarket (2002-04). He is currently a Visiting Fellow at Northumbria University.