Richards works as an artist and curator. Born Cardiff in 1970, based in Belfast since 1994. He completed an M.Phil. ‘Re-presenting Representations of Representations’, at the University of Ulster, Belfast in 1998. Whilst working as a co-director of artist-run Catalyst Arts, Belfast between 1996-8, he began sharing his time between a studio practice, and creating contexts and opportunities to work with the works of other artists, a way of working that he continues to this day.
He became Gallery Director at the Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, in 2001, and has devised its artistic program since. As a curator/facilitator Richards has worked closely with many of the region’s leading artists, alongside their international peers, and has realised 150 plus exhibitions for the Golden Thread Gallery including international projects in China, the USA and across Europe