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Simon Mckeown

Simon Mckeown is an award-winning internationally exhibiting artist renowned for his work which touches on and considers disability as well as our digital futures.

He exhibits internationally and his works, including Motion Disabled, has been shown as far afield as the Smithsonian International Gallery in the USA, The DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague, Czech Republic, GAK in Kosovo along with galleries in Australia, Norway, America, South America, the UK, along with the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum in Dresden, Germany.

Mckeown created the large-scale outdoor video projections for the 2012 Prometheus Awakes production for GDIF and SIRF which also involved London’s Graeae Theatre and the international outdoor theatre company La Fura dels Baus from Barcelona. As an outdoor specialist, he then completed his massive outdoor event entitled Cork Ignite (2015) supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and Cork City Council with partners National Sculpture Factory and Create Ireland. The project represented a culmination of many of his research interests including, large scale complex outdoor projection, theatrical works, soundscapes, and collaboration with disabled artists.

Working in St Helens with the collaborative agency Heart of Glass and disability organisation Buzz Hub, he created the large scale outdoor event entitled We Are Still Here which premiered in December 2018 supporting City Council and its 150-year celebrations