DEREK RICHARDS

creativity | participation | innovation

DEREK RICHARDS

creativity | participation | innovation

DEREK RICHARDS

creativity | participation | innovation

DEREK RICHARDS

creativity | participation | innovation

DEREK RICHARDS

creativity | participation | innovation

DEREK RICHARDS

creativity | participation | innovation

DEREK RICHARDS

creativity | participation | innovation

DEREK RICHARDS

creativity | participation | innovation

DEREK RICHARDS

creativity | participation | innovation

DEREK RICHARDS

creativity | participation | innovation

DEREK RICHARDS

creativity | participation | innovation

DEREK RICHARDS

creativity | participation | innovation

DEREK RICHARDS

creativity | participation | innovation

DEREK RICHARDS

creativity | participation | innovation

About

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 PineOdysseyCleveland 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.

Services

Creative Consulting

Creative Consulting

Strategic Partnership Development & Relationship Management
Organisational Development | Fundraising | R&D | Insight
Digital strategies for community participation and marcomms
Impact & Outreach campaigns | Digital content production
Creative Producing

Creative Producing

Digital & Online | Film | Theatre | Live Events | Transmedia
Conceptualisation | Curation | Fundraising | Commissioning & Resourcing | Project & Financial Management | Strategic Partnerships | Impact Producing
Education & Learning

Education & Learning

Devising, developing and delivering arts and media education, training & participation programmes
Developing industry engagement programmes for learners, trainees and learning providers
Creative Technology for Live Performance & Events

Creative Technology for Live Performance & Events

Video projection content & design | Projection Mapping
Audio Visual system design | Sound Design
Interactive systems and environments for audience participation and performer control of sound and image
Cultural Programming

Cultural Programming

Events | Festivals | Concerts | Exhibitions
Interdisciplinary arts programmes | Conferences
Socially engaged programming | Learning & Participation programmes | Audience engagement & outreach
Teleconferencing & Webcasting

Teleconferencing & Webcasting

Networked Performance Event production | Webcasting solutions
Production consultancy for live streaming
Creative solutions – e.g. music composition & performance considerations to mitigate network latency | Technical solutions

Portfolio

A full portfolio of projects can be found over at the Hyperjam project archive and blog and a video production showreel at derekrichards.tv.

  

Testimonials

I worked closely with Derek when he was appointed to his HE Partnership role at Creative Skillset. He was perfect. Knowing the industry and creative process so well and gaining a deep understanding of both policy and delivery in higher education- he was passionate, determined and a skilful collaborator who made things happen quickly, motivated by the key note on a quality experience for the students and a respect for all involved in that process.

Kate O’Connor – Senior consultant and expert in skills, education, development and training | Former Deputy CE0, Creative Skillset

Kate O’Connor – Senior consultant and expert in skills, education, development and training | Former Deputy CE0, Creative Skillset

Derek is a clear-sighted and creative leader who combines the best aspects of risk and discipline in his approach to sustaining and developing creative media organisations in the most dynamic way. He’s sensitive to the individual working styles of those he manages and collaborates with, and – as a practising artist – he has an enviable contacts book of creatives he draws upon to format exciting new projects. He demonstrates strong empathy for those involved in creative projects on his watch, he’s not shy of tough conversations and hard decisions, and has the rare ability to see further around the corner than most in the arts and media game – a great strategist and practitioner to collaborate with.

Tim Jones – Head of Strategy and Placemaking, Futurecity

Tim Jones – Head of Strategy and Placemaking, Futurecity

I’ve known Derek since 1991 when he interviewed me for one of a handful of places on the Access to Digital Arts course at the ground-breaking Arts Technology Centre (Artec) in Islington, London. Since then he’s been a mentor, colleague, friend and now one of my partners and co-founders of the Believe Collective.

Derek’s skills and experience are too broad and deep for me to do justice to here, but suffice to say when it comes to creative applications of new and dynamic media, community and social engagement and of course digital audio production, he is a maestro.

Ro Rai – Creative Director & Founder, Believe Creative

Ro Rai  – Creative Director & Founder, Believe Creative

I am very happy to recommend Derek Richards as a brilliant collaborator who has provided essential expertise and practical guidance across a range of high-profile projects involving arts, digital media and performance, that my self and other colleagues have been involved in. His track record in digital media is very extensive, dating from when this area was truly pioneering. He is very skilled, very professional and has adapted to a wide range of professional situations/organisational structures (as also shown by his extensive CV.)

Tim Hopkins – Opera Director / Researcher

Tim Hopkins – Opera Director / Researcher

Derek is a passionate and talented relationship and project manager. in 2014 he took on the role of Quality Relationship Manager for our network of Ticked higher and further education courses and he worked energetically and creatively to bring course leaders and employers together in a meaningful network through a series of events, initiatives and funding programmes, as well as direct personal relationship management. He is a natural and adept problem solver who cares deeply about young people and their careers and will always go above and beyond to make an event, project or piece of work perfect. I feel sure we will work together again and look forward to it as Derek has a wide ranging and sophisticated set of skills that are an asset to any creative project or organisation.

Nicole Hay – Senior Accreditation and Quality Manager, Creative Skillset

Nicole Hay – Senior Accreditation and Quality Manager, Creative Skillset

Derek is an inspiring creative director and artist with an amazing grasp of cultural strategy, organisation and fund raising. I have worked with him at both Believe Collective and Hi8us and would highly recommend his skills and abilities. He plays an invaluable role in any creative enterprise he is involved with.

Orson Nava – Film Director / Research Academic

Orson Nava – Film Director / Research Academic

Derek is an inspiring leader with as much enthusiasm and skill communicating with senior executives and young people. His knowledge on digital media and technology applications is second to none and I would recommend him as a creative and strategic partner on projects.

Sarah Sansom – Artistic Director, Time Won’t Wait

Sarah Sansom – Artistic Director, Time Won’t Wait

I am Chair of the Board of Hi8us South, of which Derek is currently the Director. The Board appointed him as Director unanimously and with great enthusiasm. His talents as a youth media facilitator and his digital know-how put him head and shoulders above the other candidates. We were also impressed by how clearly and coherently he outlined how he would approach the task of managing a complex and diverse organisation.

Our faith in him has been more than justified . Even in the midst of dealing with day-to-day critical issues, he has never lost sight of the wider strategic goals that he has been developing for the company. He has also shone as a ‘people manager’, motivating staff as well as introducing more coherent personnel procedures. We have complete confidence in his leadership, and his ability to steer the company, both creatively and organisationally.

Tony Dowmunt – Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London

Tony Dowmunt – Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London

Derek is a a highly experienced and talented creative artist with an impressive breadth of skills. His work covers a wide range of media, which he is able to transmit effectively through his clear and patient teaching methodology.

Kate Beales – Project Phakama

Kate Beales – Project Phakama

Derek managed the Ravensbourne Skillset Tick relationship and was professional and efficient in all areas of his work. He added enormous value to the way that Ravensbourne used their Tick accredited status and was always proactive in his approach. His knowledge of the best methods of engaging industry to maximise work opportunities for our students and graduates showed that he has a great understanding of the way that the creative industries interact with higher education institutions.

Jo Eaton – Industry Liaison at Ravensbourne

Jo Eaton – Industry Liaison at Ravensbourne

Derek Richards has emerged as a key cultural player in the arts and digital media arena.

Companion to Contemporary Black British Culture – Pub. Routledge, 2000

Companion to Contemporary Black British Culture – Pub. Routledge, 2000

Contact

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