Creative Director at NIMHAF
Dawn Richardson (1985) is an Artist and Director from the Moy Co. Tyrone. Dawn Richardson has been the Creative Director of NIMHAF for four years, growing the festival into what it is today with the belief that the arts can affect societal change. Founder of participatory arts organisations, including Ireland's first feminist-led LGBT*+ venue and Arts Studios ‘The 343’ and the first Mental Health specific exhibition space in NI ‘Take Up Space’. Richardson is the owner of one of Ireland’s most successful independent art gallery’s ‘Framewerk’ in East Belfast. An artist in her own right, often multidisciplinary in nature, Richardson’s work spans social commentary, disruptive collaborative practice, cognitive dissonance and deviant plagiarism. Her influences include the postmodern idea of the self, Class War and her Mother.
"Richardson has emerged as a vital cultural instigator, whose artistic labour encapsulates a grassroots political conviction, through her often publicly engaged work” -John Hamill.