BIOGRAPHY

TONY HEATON OBE • SCULPTOR

Visual Arts Degree Lancaster University, Sculpture major.

I have worked in the field of disability, diversity and social justice for my whole career, with experience gathered from working as a Field Officer for RADAR (now Disability Rights UK), Development Officer for  NACAB Citizens Advice, Director of Holton Lee and most recently as Chief Executive of Shape Arts, a disability-led arts organisation working with major cultural institutions and disabled people as artists and audiences.

 

Leading two diverse arts organisations over the past 20 years has given me a huge wealth of experience and success in leadership, entrepreneurship, managing change, business development and managing capital development, with the focus being in arts and cultural institutions.

 

I am a member of the Tate Modern Access Advisory Group and previously have been  an inaugural board member for Inclusion London, a member of the Whitechapel Art Gallery Access Advisory Group, a member of the National Archives User Committee, a member of the Rethinking Disability in Collections Think Tank at Leicester University and a member of the Arts Council of England Diversity Task Group.

 

More information about the work I have undertaken can be found in the individual sections of my website.

Sculptor, Performance Artist, Interweaving Disability Issues into traditional and discarded materials.

 

 

LANCASTER UNIVERSITY, BA HONOURS

Major: Visual Arts (Sculpture), Minor: Psychology

 

Awarded OBE in 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours

 

FRSA

 

Current

 

Chair, Shape Arts, 2017

 

Trustee, Portland Sculpture and Quarry Trust, 2008 to present

 

Member, Tate Access Advisory Group  - 2000 to present

 

Board Member, Disability Arts Online

 

 

Previous

 

Inaugural Board Member, Inclusion London - 2008 to 2014

 

Member, Whitechapel Art Gallery Access Advisory Group - 2008 to 2010

 

Member, The National Archives User Committee, Kew - 2006 to 2009

 

Member, Rethinking Disability in Collections Think Tank, Leicester University - 2005 to 2008

 

Arts Council of England Diversity Task Group - 2005 to 2008

 

Joint Chair, EQUATA Arts Development Agency - 2003-2008

 

Chair, North West Shape (subsequently Full Circle Arts) - 1988 to 1997

 

Exhibitions/ARTS Activity

2017 Exhibitor - The Contract, Venice Agendas at Turner Contemporary, Margate  See HERE

 

2016 Access all areas. Venice Agendas. 15th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice See HERE

 

2016 Co-curator and exhibitor, Art Life Activism at the Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester.

2016 Commissioned Artist - Reframing the Myth - Graeae/CIA - Guardian Building, London

 

2015 Exhibitor, Art of the Lived Experiment, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

 

2014 Commissioned to create the sculpture Gold Lamé for the exhibition Art of the Lived Experiment, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool

 

2014 Commissioned by Channel 4 TV to create the film Breathe Nothing of Slaughter as part of the 14-18 Commemoration of World War One

 

2012 Winner of a competitive commission at Channel 4 TV to create a sculptural intervention with the Big 4 structure outside the Channel 4 building to celebrate the Paralympics

 

2012 Commissioned by the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games  to create sculptural lecterns for Lord Sebastian Coe and Sir Philip Craven based on the sculpture Great Britain from a Wheelchair

 

 

2012 Featured artist in the LADA Live Art and Disability publication Access All Areas

 

2011 Symposium contributor at LADA  Live Art and Disability Access All Areas

 

2011 Featured artist in Disability And New Artistic Models: A Study Room Guide to Live Art and Disability by Aaron Williamson

 

2010 Exhibitor at Flux exhibition at the Brewhouse Gallery, Taunton, Somerset

 

2008 Creator of Ro-Tate, a collaborative intervention/performance in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, for  Architecture Inside Out

 

2006 Featured artist in Strength - Broadsides from Disability and the Arts by Paddy Masefield OBE

 

2006 Art Plus Award Winner for Art in Public Places, a £50,000 commission to create squarinthecircle?, a permanent public sculpture for Portsmouth University School of Architecture

 

2006 Exhibition of  Disability Arts at ICI head office Lancaster Square, London, included Great Britain from a Wheelchair and Zen Men

 

2005 Joint exhibitor at Sherbourne House, Dorset (with Peter Ursem)

 

2002 Lifetime Achievement in the Arts award from Poole Arts Council

 

2002 Instigator of DA21 (Disability Art in the Twenty first Century) at Faith House, Dorset

 

1999 Participant in TRASH, International Co-operative Day Sculpture Project, Borough of Poole

 

1999 Transformations, A4E Funded Public Sculpture - collaborative project supporting sculptor Adam Reynolds, Bournemouth Borough Council

 

1997 Public Sculpture commission for Manchester City Council, Grey Mares, as a result of a competition organised by Community Arts North West.

 Represented by:  Anne Yates

 

Mob: 07729 599 909

 

e-mail: anne.yates26@gmail.com

 

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