Simon Mckeown is an award winning Fine Artist and also a Reader/Principal Lecturer in the School of Design, Culture & the Arts at Teesside University. He presented Cork Ignite, a major live art event, in Cork on Friday 18 September 2015 as the premiere event for Culture Night Cork 2015, to an audience of approximately 8,000-10,000.
He is an internationally exhibiting artist renowned for his work which touches on and considers disability and our digital futures. His work has been shown as far afield as the Smithsonian International Gallery in the USA, The DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague, Czech Republic, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum in Dresden, Germany, GAK in Kosovo along with galleries in Australia, Norway, America, South America and across the United Kingdom. Simon was named DaDaFest International Artist of the Year 2010. His fine art animation Ghosts for Channel Four has won several awards. In April 2016 he premiered Trace Elements, a solo exhibition at the Foundation for Arts and Creative Technology in Liverpool.
Simon was awarded his own prestigious Cultural Olympiad/London 2012 Festival commission and has over 25 years of professional creative experience, including special effects for film and television and with computer games. His 2009 work Motion Disabled, went global in a single day when it was projected onto buildings in 17 countries all over the world in a project coordinated by VSA Washington.
Simon is committed to inclusion and collaboration through his practice, working with artists with disabilities with organisations such as London's famous Graeae Theatre Company , as key shapers of an artwork. His work is a reflection of his interest, knowledge, and experience of disability and in particular society’s view of ‘normality’ and ‘difference’. He draws from his own personal experience having been born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a condition causing fragile bones having had around 145 breaks in his lifetime.