I am interested in the idea of the ‘anti romantic,’ and how history seems so more interesting, idealized, romantic and captivating than the present, and for me, the future. I explore the idea of time, particularly in relation to memory, I am interested in our emotional relationship with memory within the new, modern and digital age. I use dark humor within my work, analyzing the coping mechanisms we manifest in order to deal with the uncertainty of our futures within the volatile world.

I am in constant battle with language, I explore how language is translated from concept, into the materiality of the work and then out again. I constantly toy with ideas of representation, incorporating both abstract and literal forms within my practice.

“There’s both melancholy and humor in Richard Hughes’s work which explores (and sometimes unravels) the idea of sculpture as memorial. His work is physically engaging but intellectually subtle and quietly questioning too.” Tim Marlow: Head of Artistic Programs and Exhibitions at The Royal Academy.




Born: 1987

Lives and works in Manchester UK.

Studio: Paradise Works.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/richard__hughes/?hl=en

Exhibitions and Events.


October 2019- ‘The Manchester Contemporary,’ Manchester Central

October 2019 – ‘Millenialism.’ Paradise Works, Salford

2018 – (Solo Show) ‘No Cigar’ Goldtapped Gallery, Newcastle.

2018 – The Manchester Contemporary – Show Me Up.

2018 – Feature – Rung Magazine – Produced and curated by East Bristol Contemporary. 

2018 – ‘Merry Go Round Broke Down.’ AIR Gallery, Altrincham.

2018 – ‘Tipping The Scales’ Paradise Works, Salford, Manchester.

2017 – ‘A Show About The Show.’ Scaffold Gallery, Manchester. 

2017 – ‘Pupa.’ Assembly House, Leeds.

2017 – ‘Is This Real Life??.’ Curated by I.O.U.A.E, B&D studios, Newcastle.

2017 – ‘PLAY’ Bankley Gallery, Manchester.

2017- ‘Duizend Bommen En Granaten’ Stitching White Cube, Kunsthal 45, Den Helder Netherlands.

2017 – ‘Limbic’ Cuddle Projects, Art Hub. London2015 ‘XerXes Sculpture Prize.’ Serpentine Gallery, Hyde Park.London.

2017 – ‘Stick Or Twist.’ Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

2017 – ‘Mono’ PS Mirabel Gallery, Manchester

2016 – Global Village – Stitching White Cube:

  • Honig-factory, Zuideinde 74, 1541 CE  Koog a/d Zaan, the Netherlands
  • Youth Hostel, Richard-Schirrmann-Weg 6, 84028 Landshut, Germany,
  • Kulturhuset Brønden, Brøndby Strand Center 60, 2660 Brøndby Strand, Denmark

2016 – MarlerKunst 2016, Essen, Germany

2016 – ‘ Darkness Can Not Drive Out Darkness, Only Light Can Do That.’ Lights of Soho , London

2016 – ‘Ambition – Instigate Arts.’ HOME Gallery, Manchester.

2016 – ‘Spectrum.’ PS Mirabel Gallery, Manchester.

2015 ‘A Slow Passion.’ Federation House: Castlefield Gallery’s New Art Space. Manchester

2015 – ‘Our Hands Were Always Dirty But Our Minds Were Always Clean.’ Fallout Factory, Liverpool

2014 – ‘Noise Festival 2014 Launch.’ Curators choice: Tim Marlow. House of Commons, London

2014 – ‘The Best New Creatives.’ ‘Noise 2014.’ Better Bankside and Southbank, London.

2014 – ‘Noise at The Tetley.’ The Tetley, Leeds.