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
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
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
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
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.