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Tony Heaton OBE

Shape Arts

Tony Heaton OBE has been Chief Executive of Shape Arts – one of Unlimited’s two delivery partners, the other being Artsadmin – since 2008. Involved in the arts and museums sector for over 25 years, with a particular emphasis on access and inclusion, he is also the founder of NDACA, the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive, and has worked as a Consultant or Advisor to many major cultural organisations, including Tate, British Council and the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries.

A practising sculptor, his work ‘Monument to the Unintended Performer’ was installed on the Big 4 at Channel 4 TV Centre in London to celebrate the 2012 Paralympics; he was also invited to re-create his sculpture ‘Great Britain from a Wheelchair’ as Lecterns for Lord Coe and Sir Phillip Craven at the Paralympic opening and closing ceremonies. His sculpture ‘Squarinthecircle?’ is situated outside the school of architecture, Portsmouth University.

Tony Heaton was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, 2013, for services to the arts and the disability arts movement. He will step down from the position of Chief Executive of Shape in early 2017, but will continue as its Chair for the foreseeable future.

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