Co-Founder, Make Space
Richards completed a Bachelor of Arts (Communications) at the University of Newcastle in 1993, and left soon after for Sydney to work for several years as a writer/researcher. From a makeshift studio set up in an abandoned car garage in Surry Hills, she began collaborating with other artists across a multitude of disciplines, and completed a Master of Art (Photomedia) degree from the UNSW College of Fine Arts in 1999.
Since 1997 Richards has regularly exhibited her photographic art work nationally and in the UK, has worked a Stills Photographer in the film and television industry, has published a book of portraits entitled People I Don’t Know in Photographs I Took of Something Else, and in 2004 was DOP on an international award winning short film The Stone Thrower.Richards moved with her young family back to Newcastle not long before the first call for Renew Newcastle submissions was circulating. She applied for a space with the intention of forming a collaborative retail space and workshop for local artisans and was lucky to secure one of the first 10 Renew Newcastle project spaces. 4 years on Make Space is proud to have supported the work of over 50 local craftspeople.