Cymru / Wales, United Kingdom

Irina Richards

Age Group

A Level


Digital Art
Mixed Media


I am a professional visual artist specialising in comics, graphic novels, and manga. My published work includes a manga-style graphic novel, The Witch-Hare, inspired by the folklore of Wales, and Creating Manga Characters, an instructional book focusing on character and comics creation. I have been designing and facilitating arts workshops since 2015. My professional practice has led to numerous collaborations with schools, museums, libraries, and festivals. Comics are an incredibly versatile art form that is suitable for individuals of all ages and abilities, and can be adapted to a wide range of themes and curriculum subjects.

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Experience in Schools

In addition to being a freelance artist educator, I am also an experienced teacher. At present, I work as a part-time Art Teacher at a specialist provision for teenagers with social, emotional, and mental health needs. Since 2020, I have also taught short courses as part of the University of the Arts London's Future Creatives programme. Prior to working as a teacher, I gained over 10 years' of experience in learning support, working with young people with a wide range of special educational needs.

Areas I Cover

Cymru / Wales
North West
West Midlands

Max Group Size

30 students


  • MA Education (Artist Teacher Practice) - Oxford Brookes University, 2021 (Distinction)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education - Oxford Brookes University, 2019 (Distinction)
  • Exhibitions

  • Ordinary/Extraordinary (group exhibition), The Workers Gallery (Ynyshir), January - March 2024
  • All Together Now (group exhibition), The Babylon Gallery (Ely), October - November 2020
  • Seeing Stories (solo exhibition), Newmarket Library, January - February 2020
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