Richard Sweeney was born in Huddersfield, England in 1984. Richard’s practice combines the disciplines of design, photography, craft and sculpture, resulting in a varied output of work including graphic design and public sculpture commissions. Richard seeks to maintain an experimental, hand-on approach, utilising the unique properties of often mundane materials to discover unique sculptural forms.
2003 - 2007 Bachelor of Arts: wood, metal, ceramics & glass.
Manchester Metropolitan University
2002 - 2003 Pre BA Foundation Art & Design.
Batley School of Art and Design
Art at No.10. 10 Downing Street, London. A selection of contemporary craft & design curated by Janice Blackburn. From May 28th 2013.
Paperworks. Berkshire Museum, Massachusetts. An exhibition of paper art from over 30 artists including artifacts demonstrating the use of paper in science, fashion and technology. June 2013.
Miniartextil Montrouge. Le Beffroi, Montrouge, Paris. Touring group shown of contemporary textile works. January 2013.
Miniartextil, group show of contemporary textile work. Villa Olmo, Como, Italy.
Lincoln Cathedral. Olympic Horses commissioned for Lincoln Flower Festival 2012.
Spatial Shift. The Gallery Project in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. Group show of kinetic and tactile works.
Folding Paper: The infinite possibilities of origami. Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles.
Turned Pages. Group show of paper artwork in Chicago at the Bridge Gallery of Contemporary Art, 2202 South Halsted Street, Chicago, Illinois, USA. February-March 2011.
Wallpaper* Handmade. Milan. In collaboration with Boucheron. April 13th- 17th.
More Than Floral. Bilston Craft Gallery, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. April 2nd -June 25th:
Sofia International Art Biennial 2011. Amateras Foundation, Sofia, Bulgaria. May 3rd - June 30th
Block Party: contemporary craft inspired by the art of the tailor. Touring group exhibition with the Crafts Council. May 2013 - January 2014
Folding Neon. Collaborative neon sculptures with Neon Workshops, Wakefield, England. December 2011-January 2012
Interiors 2010, NEC Birmingham, England. Furniture in collaboration with Lazerian Studio Manchester and John Hargreaves Cardboard Manufacture, Stalybridge, England. January 2013.
Affordable Art Fair 2010, Battersea Park, London. Represented by Victor Felix Gallery. March 2013.
BOX window-gallery installation, Vestergade, Denmark. September 2010.
Angel: Paper Sculpture created for La Rinascente Christmas window display 2010, Piazza Del Duomo, Milan. December 2010
Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, London. Represented by Victor Felix Gallery.
Papershapers, Scion Installation, Culver City. California. Group exhibition of paper artwork.
12x12x122. Group show, BECA gallery, New Orleans, USA.
100% Design London. Collaborative exhibtion with Lazerian studio.
Paper. Peel Gallery, Houston, Texas.
-Mobius: Pleated forms in paper. Selfridges, Orchard Street windows, London.
Crafts Council: New Faces. Canary Wharf Mall.
Small Show Huge Talent. 9 Hillgate Street, Notting Hill Gate, London.
Beta Sheet, paper installation. Somerset House, London for the Origin Craft Fair.
Designers in Residence. Design Museum, London
Cartasia: International Paper Festival. Outdoor installation, Lucca, Italy