people in places

Richard Sobey creates people-focussed interventions that test approaches to urban living. He collaborates across sectors to inform practice and policy decisions in place-making. Richard is creating strategies, designing projects, developing policies and evaluating actions in the cultural, heritage and urban planning sectors internationally.

"a force of energy with visionary ideas"

Richard is Co-Founder and Joint Director of DELVE Associates enabling unusual connections for people, place and prosperity

projects and programmes Richard has made happen


Examples of projects and programmes Richard has delivered for clients include:

Buxton Crescent Heritage Project (UK):  2014
Richard worked with key stakeholders (property developers & HLF) on creative strategy development - vision, shaping of proposition (Pump Room , Crescent rooms, Buxton Town and Programme), outlining of activities and action plan, budgeting cultural delivery)

One Plus One Disabled Persons' Cultural Development Center (China):  2009
Richard worked with the CEO and senior managers, leading the development of a five year strategic development plan to address creative and social ambitions as well as structural issues.

BEAM: Arts, People, Places (UK) 1998
Richard facilitated the week long National Architects and Town Planners’ Summer School with fellow facilitators internationally renowned architects Sarah Wrigglesworth and Will Alsop and artist David Mach.  

British Council, Beijing (China):   2009                            
Richard was Creative Director of the Transforming Public Spaces conference in Chongqing.  He defined the conference programme and designed the associated practical workshop activity as well as managing delivery of the conference with BC staff and chairing main stage debates.

Chengdu City Government Destination Marketing Department (China):   2012                    
Richard was Programme Director UK of the T10:  creating international destination cities conference in Chengdu.  He defined the conference programme and design with Chinese officials.

NESTA – National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (UK):   2008 - 2010
Richard was Lead Mentor for a Dream Time Awardee, defining ambition, goals, action plan and IP exploitation opportunities for the development of a cross-platform narrative on recovery and achievement.

Oxford Contemporary Music (UK):   2011
Richard produced an international live-link dialogue project for school children in UK and in China; and a music composition project for young people using natural sound recordings, which staged at schools in Oxford and Beijing.

Global Arts Impact Agenda (France/Switzerland):  2014 – continuing
Richard is creating international strategic initiatives to develop programmes for localised delivery against United Nations’ new Sustainable Development Goals 2015.   This social and economic development project focuses on ‘sustainable cities and healthy communities’ and ‘peace and justice’.

Richard has also prepared strategic programme and activity visions for a variety of contexts:   for example, NanTang Retail Park, JinJiang Nature Village, Coastal Treasures Heritage Hub and Harlow’s Science Alive and Heritage Museum.   He has also produced a wide range of arts and cultural events in public realm, including a site-specific performance in Royal London Hospital; an interactive mechanical light installation with digital mapping and an outdoor performance with six community groups for the Cultural Olympiad.   


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