I paint, draw, write words, make music and learn about how these things can help people be together.

Currently I am a part of the Conditions Studio Programme in Croydon, alongside working for the learning disability arts organisation Heart n Soul as their Associate Artist and the Tate Schools and Teachers department as a Workshop Artist.

I founded the not-for-profit organisation Constant Flux, wrote the DIY as Privilege manifesto, and play in several punk bands.

Please get in contact if you have any questions, ideas or collaborations you want to talk about.

Sculptural Paintings



‘Click‘
2019
Oil on Cut-out plywood



‘Flowering’
2019
Oil on Cut-out plywood



D.I.Y as Privilege Website

Alongside front-end developer (and my brother) Robert Phoenix we built an accessible online version of the manifesto I wrote about the past 13 years or so supporting people with learning disabilites to make and share music. 

diy-as-privilege.com

This is alongside launching the second version of the manifesto where I changed some of the language to better reflect the social model of disability, (thanks to @harnthal for the feedback!) updated the design & @seanroyparker provided the border. It's available to buy or download from the website.




‘Fusing Time’
2019
Oil, plywood, canvas on drumkit




Performances between 12th - 22nd October 2019 at the Whitgift Centre, Croydon:



Install at Conditions End of Year show:


‘I made them drink grapefruit juice and listen to The Clown’ (diptych)
2019
Oil on canvas


Audio ︎ 'The Clown’ by Charles Mingus.

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‘Satellite Studio’

2019
VR
Shown at The V&A Tapestry Galleries - 26th April 2019

Satellite Studio is a virtual reality artwork produced by Conditions.

The Tapestry gallery was mapped onto the Conditions warehouse providing a space for different artworks and interventions.

Including a live-stream from the Croydon studio and objects made by Conditions artists, the piece aims to look at the relationship and cultural exchange between independent art spaces and the institution. Whilst bringing nothing physical into the space a virtual exhibition unfolds. Unlike objects within the museum these objects can be ‘touched’ and manipulated - but with the distance of digital technology.

This experience was also shown on video screens / projections to the wider audience.

VR production: Durril Weller
Concept: Durril Weller & Richard Phoenix
Co-ordinators: Cecelia Johnson & Conditions

Work contributed by:
Vasiliki Antonopoulou, Denise Padron Benitez, Helena de Pulford, Andrew Farley, Cecelia Johnson, Jen O’Farrell, Janette Parris, Richard Phoenix , Felix Riemann, David Panos, Phoebe Stubbs, Monica Tolia and Durril Weller.

Install at V&A Tapestry Room: