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.

Tube Lines


︎ Video by Jack Barraclough

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A collaboration between artists Nnena Kalu, Mark Lawrence, Linda Bell, Pardip Kapil, RIchard Phoenix and Charlotte Hollinshead. 

Based at Studio Voltaire in Clapham we worked together to find and record the musicality in each’s individual practice. This audio was then fed down tubes to be carried around space and activate the tubes through vibration. 

This work was shared at an exhibition event in Enclave Studios, Deptford and a live, evolving installation at Tate Modern. 

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At Studio Voltaire with the artists testing tubes:


At Enclave with Ivor and Rosie installing:



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Nnena, Mark, Linda and Pardip are supported by Action Space. And I was kindly supported by Help Musicians UK to participate in the project.

This is an evolving work, please get in touch if you’re interested in supporting it’s development.
CONDITIONS End of Year Show


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




Click’
94cm x 122cm x 32cm
2019
Oil on Cut-out plywood



‘Flowering’
116cm x 122cm x 52cm
2019
Oil on Cut-out plywood



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



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.


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

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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: