Shaken not Stirred 1992 by Tony Heaton
Tony Heaton has worked as a sculptor since the inception of what became known as disability arts, a movement inextricably linked to the politics of disability.
His performance piece Shaken not Stirred – created from the stacking into a pyramid of 1,760 red charity collecting tins and then destroyed by the hurling into it of a prosthetic leg with a steel toe capped boot for the ‘Block Telethon’ campaign – was part of a seminal moment where disabled activists protested against the televising of Telethon and demanded rights not charity. more…
‘It portrays us as tragic, pathetic victims who long to be non- disabled, or plucky heroes who deserve a pat on the head for triumphing over adversity. Well, we’ve had enough of it,’ says Alan Holdsworth, a founder member of Block Telethon, who also sits on the executive committee of the British Council of Organisations of Disabled People.
The 1990 Telethon raised pounds 20m, a quarter of which went to disabled people’s groups. If the total were shared between every disabled person in the country, they would receive 3 pounds each. more…
Raspberry Ripple by Tony Heaton, Pink Neon, 2014 (Edition of 2)
‘Cool on Wheels’ by Hari MacMillan, 2014 (light bulb moment)