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World War 1 Shorts

Does it Matter?

28 July 2014

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Biogs

Simon Mckeown

An artist with a defined interest in the cultural presentation of disability and issues connected with societal views of normality. Trained as fine artist, he worked in London at the beginning of the digital era in the film and television industry…

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An artist with a defined interest in the cultural presentation of disability and issues connected with societal views of normality.

Trained as fine artist, he worked in London at the beginning of the digital era in the film and television industry before moving to triple AAA computer games. He is disabled, having a rare bone condition and has broken approximately 140 bones. An expert in animation and motion capture, Mckeown is also a Reader in Animation and Post Production at Teesside University, in Middlesbrough. He works and exhibits his artworks, which cover digital work, prints, painting, large-scale inflatable sculpture and outdoor work nationally and internationally, most recently in Prague, Dresden, and Cork.

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Claire Cunningham

A performer and creator of multi-disciplinary performance based in Glasgow. A self-identifying disabled artist Cunningham’s work is often rooted in the study and use/misuse of her crutches, and the exploration of the potentiality of her own specific physicality. Her body…

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A performer and creator of multi-disciplinary performance based in Glasgow. A self-identifying disabled artist Cunningham’s work is often rooted in the study and use/misuse of her crutches, and the exploration of the potentiality of her own specific physicality. Her body of works range from the intimate solo Evolution to the large ensemble work 12 for Candoco Dance Company.

clairecunningham.co.uk

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Jez Colborne

A uniquely talented learning-disabled composer and musician. He has acutely sensitive hearing and perfect pitch. He could sing before he could talk. Tim Wheeler is co-founder and Artistic Director of Mind the Gap, the UK’s largest theatre and performing arts company…

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A uniquely talented learning-disabled composer and musician. He has acutely sensitive hearing and perfect pitch. He could sing before he could talk. Tim Wheeler is co-founder and Artistic Director of Mind the Gap, the UK’s largest theatre and performing arts company that enables learning-disabled artists to work alongside non-disabled artists as equals. Since 1998 these two artists have travelled and collaborated on music, performance and digital media projects. In 2012 Jez and Tim co-created and co-directed the music-theatre experience Irresistible commissioned by Unlimited for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

mind-the-gap.org.uk

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Katherine Araniello

A London-based performance and video artist, who uses subversive humour to expose hypocrisy in response to contemporary themes. Her art transforms the bleak and grim truths of the ordinary mundane realities of disability into deadpan and humorous short sketches. Katherine twists the…

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A London-based performance and video artist, who uses subversive humour to expose hypocrisy in response to contemporary themes. Her art transforms the bleak and grim truths of the ordinary mundane realities of disability into deadpan and humorous short sketches. Katherine twists the rules, turning disability and art on its head. Araniello completed her Master’s Degree in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College.

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Tony Heaton OBE

Tony Heaton is a practising sculptor and CEO of Shape Arts. His Monument to the Unintended Performer was installed on the Big 4 at Channel 4 TV Centre celebrating the 2012 Paralympics, created in recognition of all those disabled people…

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Tony Heaton is a practising sculptor and CEO of Shape Arts. His Monument to the Unintended Performer was installed on the Big 4 at Channel 4 TV Centre celebrating the 2012 Paralympics, created in recognition of all those disabled people subject to scrutiny simply by getting on a bus in a wheelchair. He was also invited to re-create his sculpture Great Britain from a Wheelchair for the Paralympic opening and closing ceremonies as Lecterns for Lord Coe and Sir Phillip Craven. His Squarinthecircle? is situated outside the school of architecture, Portsmouth University. He was previously director of Holton Lee, developing the architectural award winning Faith House Gallery and fully accessible studios.

tonyheaton.co.uk

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