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Out of Order – Tony Heaton & Terry Smith

Saturday 2 July 2022, 10am-6pm

Out of Order, an intervention by artists Tony Heaton and Terry Smith will take place at BALTIC to mark the 102nd anniversary of the 1st Dada International Exhibition in Berlin. Alongside 31 d/Deaf, Disabled and Neurodivergent artists, a series of inspired interventions will interact with 30 museums and galleries across Britain and Northern Ireland on 2 July 2022.

Disability Arts has often been described as the last remaining avant-garde movement of the 21st century. In reference to Dadaism, an art movement of the European avant-garde in the early 20th century, Heaton and Smith will create notions of absurdity, irrationalism, and spontaneity by perplexing audiences with their intervention around BALTIC’s public lifts.

As a wheelchair user, Heaton is interested in the response and reaction of the audience to his performances and interventions which often highlight privilege, rights to access, and the daily obstacles that some individuals face.

Tony Heaton

Tony Heaton OBE is a British sculptor, disability rights activist and arts administrator, who was appointed an OBE in 2013 for services to the arts and the disability arts movement. He was CEO of the arts organisation Shape until March 2017. Heaton has exhibited nationally and internationally. Major commissions include Gold Lamé winning the commission to be the first sculpture sited on the Liverpool Plinth in 2018 and Monument to the Unintended Performer, installed on the Big 4 outside Channel 4 TV in celebration of the 2012 London Paralympics. He initiated NDACA, the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive.

Terry Smith

Terry Smith (circa 1956) made in London, lives in Folkestone. In 2008, Smith was a recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Award. He is known for his cut outs into the plaster of walls, mainly in derelict buildings and spaces. Smith notably held the keys to Tate Turbine Hall during the building of the hall in 1995–1996, having been given permission to create his sculptures in the walls and spaces of the hall. Only the staff at the Tate and a few invitees were permitted access to the works areas inside the Turbine Hall and other areas of the building site to see Smith's work. Smith has exhibited extensively in the UK and South America (e.g., Instituto de Artes, Porte Alegre, Brazil, Museo de Bellas Artes de Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela and Museo X-Tersea, Mexico City.).

We are Invisible We are Visible (WAIWAV)

To mark the 102nd anniversary of the 1st Dada International Exhibition in Berlin, 31 d/Deaf, Disabled and Neurodivergent artists will stage Dada inspired interventions in 30 museums and galleries across Britain and Northern Ireland on the same day on 2 July 2022. The interventions cover a wide range including performative; time based; ephemeral; quirky; unusual; minimal; solo/duo/group; digital and much more.

The project asks the question - What if the Dada movement had started in 2020 in lockdown? What would they have done? Is now a timely moment to resurrect the spirit and essence of Dada?

The event with the title We are Invisible We are Visible (WAIWAV) is presented by DASH, the disabled led visual arts organisation, and was awarded the 2021 Ampersand Prize.

WAIWAV host galleries:
Arnolfini, Bristol; John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton; The Pier Arts Centre, Stromness; Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry; Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast; VOID, Derry; Grizedale Arts, Cumbria; Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston; HOME, Manchester; Liverpool Biennial; Manchester Art Gallery; Tate Liverpool; Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; The Hepworth, Wakefield; Leeds Art Gallery; MIMA - Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art ; Site Gallery, Sheffield; Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea; Ikon, Birmingham; Nottingham Contemporary; Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall; Tate St Ives; Firstsite, Colchester, Essex; Focal Point Gallery, Southend on Sea; MK Gallery, Milton Keynes; Modern Art Oxford; Tate Britain, London; Tate Modern, London; Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne; Turner Contemporary, Margate.

The WAIWAV artists:
Stav Meishar; AIM (Art In Motion); Tony Heaton /Terry Smith; Bel Pye; Kristina Veasey; Chris Tally Evans; Porcelain Delaney; Nicola Woodham; Grace Currie; Alice Quarterman; Dora Colquhoun; April Lin 林森; Lisette Auton; Caroline Cardus; Jenette Coldrick; Ashokkumar Mistry; Cheryl Beer; Sonia Boué; Christina Lovey; Alex Billingham; Luke ‘Luca’ Cockayne; Andrea Mindel; gobscure; Jo Munton/Stephanie Finegan; Mianam Bashir/Emma Powell; Aaron Williamson; Sam Metz; Hayley Hindle; Anahita Harding; Chisato Minamimura; Alistair Gentry.