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Ivan Riches

Ivan Riches is a disabled visual/ sonic artist, filmmaker, musician/ composer and writer. He is a national associate artist with Drake Music and Age Exchange, co founder of Eyesociation. He has worked with the Disability Programmes Unit and as an art lecturer at the Victoria and Albert Museum. He has shown and exhibited art-works and films at the APT Galley, BBC television, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, City Hall London, ICA Gallery, National Film Theatre BFI Southbank and Oxo Tower Wharf, including exhibiting in open exhibitions at the Royal Festival Hall, Shape Arts, South London Gallery and Whitechapel Art Gallery. He has also published an introductory guide 'Doing photography' MENCAP guides on running arts projects.

Posts by Ivan Riches

Sonic Vistas in the studio at Drake Music london office

Art, music and new accessible technologies / 22 February 2016

Things are really happening with new arts technologies, particularly in (assistive Music Technology) AMT. Yes I am back with Drake Music Connect & Collaborate, trying to drum up, or tap out interest for London based artists/ musicians in getting together for monthly meetings, the first being in the Sackler Space ...

Sonic Vistas in the studio at Drake Music london office

Art, music and new accessible technologies

Things are really happening with new arts technologies, particularly in (assistive Music Technology) AMT. Yes I am back with Drake Music Connect & Collaborate, trying to drum up, or tap out interest for London based artists/ musicians in getting together for monthly meetings, the first being in the Sackler Space ...

A black and white photograph of musician Lizzie Emeh

Lizzie Emeh ‘See Me Part 1 – The Clan’

Heart N Soul's eclectic, soulful music artist Lizzie Emeh’s new EP, See Me Part 1 - The Clan was released in November with a launch event at the Albany, London. The EP is the first of a three-part release. Ivan Riches casts his expert ear over it. Having met Lizzie Emeh ...

Sonic Vistas rehearsing at Drake Music then performing ay Liberty Festival London 2015

Sonic Vistas rehearsals and performance / 6 September 2015

We did it. The Sonic Vistas project has been an illuminating and expansive experience. In an extremely short period of time, 7 of us disabled artists/ musicians have devised and recorded 5 songs, for which I made 5 film projections (now videos). We performed them live at the Liberty Festival ...

Sonic Vistas: gearing up for a performance at Liberty Festival with Sophie Partridge / 24 July 2015

We, Sonic Vistas are organically consolidating as a group. And we couldn't be more different as artists and personalities, yet it works beautifully. And the key aspect of that, is in how we develop and construct our songs in their arrangement, with 7 of us in the band this is ...

Sonic Vistas: Kris Halpin talks about his MiMu gloves – new technology developed by Ivor Novello award winning artist Imogen Heap / 13 July 2015

We have now done our third session as Sonic Vistas and the development of our set is well on its way for the Liberty Festival London 2015. In this blog I am introducing you to Kris Halpin: “So today I embarked on an intriguing new adventure. I’ve joined Ivan Riches’ Sonic Vistas ...

black and white digitised image of a young man wearing headphones with the caption 'feel music'

Sonic Vistas, with accessible, deep, resonating sounds and beats / 29 June 2015

Sonic vistas, as both an arts project and a group/ band is developing beyond all my expectations. Over our past 2 sessions, it has been a privilege to work with such talented and creative artists/ musicians, Kris Halpin, Howard Jaques, Mik Scarlet, Rosie Vachat and rapper MC Geezer. And the ...

Sonic Vistas: Live music ensemble with video projection / 15 June 2015

I had two creative passions in my late teenage years, songwriting and visual arts. It was the time of post punk, new wave and two tone, so naturally I opted for forming a band. Writing the songs and arrangements was an exciting process, but live performances were stressful. I found myself ...