TONY HEATON OBE • SCULPTOR
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)
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
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
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
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.