Producer, educator, artist and consultant, Derek Richards is a true polymath. Someone who brings wide and deep experience across a range of disciplines to lead on innovation.
As an artist he has exhibited installation work around the world. He has worked as a musician with the likes of Courtney Pine, Odyssey, Cleveland Watkiss, Tunde Jegede and Orphy Robinson among others; has scored for film & TV and radio and has composed music for and directed theatre.
In the 90s Derek Richards co-founded Artec, the UK’s first centre for learning digital media production skills. He pioneered teleconferencing for trans-Atlantic live collaborative performance and has since won 11 awards for his digital and interactive media work including installations for London’s Science Museum and for gallery exhibition as well as online work.
Leading his own company HyperJAM (1997 – 2006) and as an independent producer, Derek’s clients and partners have included the BBC, the National Theatre, Arts Council England, Channel 4, the Science Museum, the Virgin Group, the British Council, NESTA, the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Lucent Technologies and Motorola.
HyperJAM led the way in applications of interactive digital media and communications to live events – connecting venues and audiences around the world for real time collaborative performances and producing interactive projections and soundscapes for theatre, music, dance and for corporate events.
Between 2009 and 2014 Derek ran the BAFTA award winning film & media training and production company Hi8us South. Today he combines his production history with his experience in participatory practice, education and business & social enterprise to deliver cross-platform arts & media projects and to consult on digital and community engagement, cultural programming, creative citizenship and learning.
Uniting everything is a passionate desire to empower people through creativity, participation and innovation.