Richard Nash is a bookwork artist and designer. His research concerns poetry and the poetic, and the artists’ book as a performative space for situating multidisciplinary practice.
Richard is Tutor (Research) in communication design on the Graduate Diploma Art & Design. Richard has previously held academic roles as Senior Lecturer at University for the Creative Arts and Leeds Arts University. In addition to completing an MA in Graphic Design, Richard is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has completed a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education.
Nash’s research and practice focusses on the role of the designer as author, and self- and small-publishing. Core to this body of work is a focus on the book and the book as object, and in particular to exploring the reflexive and performative properties of the artists’ book as a primary medium for situating multidisciplinary practice.
As an enduring concern, Richard's creative practice explores the permeable boundaries of typography, poetry and the poetic, through experimenting with the expressive and material potentials of the written word. Richard is interested in the act and performance of writing and reading, and to explore a new status and performative space for words.
Finalist KALEID 2016, Oslo
Current and recent projects
Co-producing knowledge about location-based virtual reality experiences (2020 – ongoing)
This research focusses on distilling and recontextualising existing research findings from an ESRC/AHRC funded Japan/UK network on location-based Virtual Reality (VR) experiences for children.
Defining the special collection (2019 – ongoing)
This ongoing research concerns investigating 'Special Collections' across UK higher education institutions. The intention is to open up and reveal the nature of institutional collections and archiving of artists’ books and bookworks. This expansive research project spans a number of broad concerns; preserving knowledge, institutional memory, public accessibility and knowledge exchange, as well as specialist knowledge in institutions for archiving artists’ books and bookwork objects.
Publications, exhibitions, other outcomes
(2019) Eighthwonder Summer Show – ‘(a)muse’. 44AD Artspace. Bath.
(2017) Making Time. Theoretical Archaeology Group. Cardiff.
(2016) Kaleid Artists’ Book Exhibition. Kunsthøgskolen. Oslo.
(2016) Prescriptions. The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge. Canterbury.
(2014) Beyond the Book. Long and Ryle gallery. London.
(2014) Beyond the Book. Devon Guild of Craftsmen.
(2013) Between Poetry & Paraphrase. George Rodger gallery. Maidstone.
Richard has Artists’ books / bookworks in a number of collections, including:
Wellcome Library, London
Wimbledon College of Art Library, London
University for the Creative Arts Artists’ Book Collection, Farnham
University of Kent Library Special Collection, Canterbury
MoMA The Museum of Modern Art, New York
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) Joan Flasch Artists’ Books Collection, Chicago
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York