Artist Simon McKeown whose world-renowned 3D exhibition depicting Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is to be shown in Prague.

Artist Simon McKeown whose world-renowned 3D exhibition depicting Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is to be shown in Prague.

AN artist’s 3D exhibition about disability which features Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson is to go on display in one the world’s most famous art galleries.

Simon McKeown, who is also a Teesside University lecturer and has broken his own bones more than 100 times as part of his own disability, had his exhibition featured as part of last year’s London Paralympics.

Now the work is going to be shown at the Dox Centre in Prague, the largest contemporary arts centre in the Czech Republic.

Mr McKeown, originally from South Bank in Middlesbrough but now living in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, titled his exhibition Motional Disabled Unlimited.

One of his models for the animated production was Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson, who lives in Teesside and who was born with spina bifida before becoming one of the most successful disabled athletes in the UK.

Viewers are given the opportunity to watch motion capture based work featuring paralympians demonstrating their sport. It will be shown in Prague from Thursday, May 23 until September.

Mr McKeown, was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, a condition causing extremely fragile bones.

He said: “’I’ve probably broken over 100 bones but my condition has made me what I am. It has made me artistic and patient and I have grown and developed what I do because of this.

“People are often embarrassed to look at people with disabilities and there is still a cultural taboo around disability which is a big issue in the UK.

“This is an opportunity to look, see and be fascinated by beautiful motions and bodies and break that taboo.

“Disability is unique, an exciting part of the fabric of our society and Motion Disabled Unlimited is a chance see, without embarrassment the way people with disabilities use their bodies in sport and day to day life.”

By Chris Webber

The Northern Echo