Simon Mckeown is a Fine Artist. His most recently exhibited work – Motion Disabled: Unlimited, a London 2012 Festival project, has been shown nationally including at the South Bank Centre in London and at Olympic Torch and Paralympic Torch events across the UK, as well as in galleries such as 20-21 Visual Arts Centre in North Lincolnshire and MIMA, Middlesbrough Institute for Modern Art.
His earlier work Motion Disabled – has been shown internationally including the USA at the Smithsonian International Gallery. Simon’s work reflects his interest, knowledge and experience of Disability and in particular our view of ‘normality’ and ‘difference’. He was named DaDaFest International Artist of Year 2010-2011 with the award presented on the closing day of the festival at the Bluecoat Gallery in Liverpool – England. New work for the festival featuring performer Claire Cunningham which was projected in both Liverpool and Glasgow as well as in over 20 other locations internationally.
During 2012 he has developed new material for several festivals, including M21 in Shropshire, Greenwich and Docklands International Festival and Stockton International Riverside Festival on the international production, Prometheus Awakes.
Previous commissions include an 8 minute animation entitled ‘All for Claire’ which was completed for the festival and show nationally across the BBC City Centre Screens during November and December 2010. This short animation was recently awarded Best Experimental Film at Deaffest 2011.
Simon is currently completing 'Faces' which is a new startling new exhibition due for completion and exhibition in 2013.
He has over 20 years experience having worked commercially completing animation and special effects for film and television as well as working with computer games giant Atari.
Simon was recently featured on the BBC World Service arts programme' The Strand', and has had work featured on the BBC Two Culture Show. He lives in North Yorkshire and works internationally. He is also a Reader in Post Production at Teesside University, Middlesbrough, UK. For more detailed information please see www.simon-mckeown.com – www.motiondisabled.com – www.allforclaire.com