I have exhibited nationally and internationally.  Major commissions include Gold Lamé winning the commission to be the first sculpture sited on the Liverpool Plinth in 2018 and Monument to the Unintended Performer, installed on the Big 4 outside Channel 4 TV in celebration of the 2012 London Paralympics.



Awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Leicester in 2019


Awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters by Bucks New University in 2019


Presented with an Alumni Award by Lancaster University in 2018


Awarded an OBE in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the arts and to the disability arts movement


Awarded a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts award from Poole Arts Council in 2002.


Initiator of the (NDACA)

National Disability Arts Collection and Archive


Education and Training


Lancaster University: BA (Hons) - major Visual Arts (Sculpture), minor Psychology, Part 1 Social Administration


Cultural Leadership Programme


Clore Leadership Programme Short Course




Group Membership


Chair, Shape Arts -2017 to present


Member, British Council Disability Advisory Panel - 2010 to present


Board member, Museums Association, 2022 to present


Board member, Artichoke, 2022 to present


Board member, British Art Network, 2022 to present


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.

2023 Exhibitor: altered - solo exhibition, The Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester


2023 Exhibitor: FIDEM International Medal Federation Congress, Florence, Italy


2022-23 Exhibitor: THE LIGHTS Group show with Tracey Emin, Martin Creed, Joseph Kosuth, Mark Titchner and Andrea Büttner, Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Gallery


2022-23 Exhibitor: Nothing About Us Without Us, Peoples History Museum Manchester


2022  Exhibitor: the American Numismatic Society, New York


2022 Exhibitor: The British Museum


2022   Exhibitor: Lightpool Festival, Blackpool


2022 Intervention: Out of Order - BALTIC, Gateshead in collaboration with Terry Smith as part of the We are invisible we are visible programme, DASH Arts


2022 Exhibitor: altered - solo exhibition, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool


2022  Exhibitor: altered - solo exhibition, Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Gallery including full colour catalogue funded by the Henry Moore Institute


2021 Commissioned: Lumiere, Durham: A Bigger Ripple


2020  Commissioned: British Art Medal Society


2020-23  Exhibitor: Gold Lamé now sited at the Riverside Museum, Glasgow


2020  Exhibitor: Art and Social Change: The Disability Arts Movement the MAC, Birmingham


2019 Solo Exhibition: At the Liminal - the Research Field Station, University of Cumbria, Carlisle Library


2019  Exhibitor: NDACA at the Grundy - Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool


2019  Artist in Residence at The Art House, Wakefield, culminating in the exhibition Altered


2018/19  Winner, Liverpool Plinth - selected as first artist to exhibit on the new Liverpool Plinth at St Nicolas, the Parish Church of Liverpool, Chapel Street with the work Gold Lamé


2018  Exhibitor - ‘Raspberry Ripple’ Royal Festival Hall site - Lumiere London Commissioned by Artichoke


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



Career history

Chief Executive, Shape London                      2008 - 2017


• Operational responsibility for all aspects of Shape, an Arts

Council National Portfolio Organisation and the UK's leading

Arts Organisation working with disabled people and

cultural institutions, nationally and internationally with an

annual turnover of £2 million per annum.


• Initiated Unlimited, in partnership with Artsadmin. A

commissioning programme that aims to embed work by

disabled artists within the UK and international cultural

sectors, to reach new audiences and shift perceptions of

disabled people, following the success of the Shape led

Unlimited Project for London 2012.


• Instigated and realised NDACA - the National Disability Arts

Collection and Archive - which will bring to life the

heritage and rich history of the Disability Arts Movement.

Director, Holton Lee                                      1997 - 2008


• Responsible for all operational aspects of leading Holton

Lee, a registered charity and limited company.


• Managed a 350 acre estate with seven distinct habitats and

in part designated a site of special scientific interest (SSSI

creating access and interpretation.


• Developed services, predominantly for disabled people,

encompassing the arts and environmental issues.


• Managed the Faith House building project with Tony

Fretton Architects to provide an art gallery, study centre

and contemplative space - chosen as best new building of

2002 by the Guardian newspaper.


• Refurbished an existing semi-derelict stable block into four

fully accessible artists’ studios and common room.

 Represented by:  Anne Yates


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