Location: Throughout the Black Country
Tanya Raabe-Webber is an acclaimed disabled artist challenging the notion of identity within contemporary portraiture, often creating portraits of high profile disabled people during live sittings in high profile public art galleries and venues.
The winner of Ability Media International Award, Visual Arts in 2010 and DaDa International Festival, Visual Arts Award 2008, Tanya has also appeared on the BBC programme The Culture Show, undertaking a live televised portrait of the actor, musician and performance artist Mat Fraser and was recently shortlisted for The National Diversity Awards Lifetime Achievement. she is soon to appear on BBC4 the History of Dwarfism in Visual Arts, undertaking a live portrait of Actress Kiruna
Her recent collection PortraitsUntold was delivered through a partnership between NPG, National Trust, Stoke City Football Club, BMAG where live streamed portrait sittings took place including audience participation and collaboration. Sitters included Dame Evelyn Glennie, BAFTA Award winning film maker John Akomfrah and Avant Guard Performer David Hoyle. This collection exhibited at National Portrait Gallery December 2016 and continues to tour National Trust Beningborough Hall.
Another pioneering collection was Revealing Culture : HeadOn – a partnership between Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Wolverhampton Art Gallery, where live portrait sittings took place during a series of residencies in these venues, sitters including Tom Shakespeare Sociologist – Bioethicist, Baroness Jane Campbell of Surbiton, D.B.E, Active Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords and Sir Bert Massie CBE Former Chair of the Disability Rights Commission.
She has worked on many commissions including Architects Inside Out: Tate Modern and Art Matters: Tate Britain and most recently co-presented her collaborative research with Project Ability, Glasgow at the Contemporary Outsider Art: the global context conference in Melbourne Australia.
Her leadership work in mainstreaming disability arts has and continues to pioneer the way forward for young emerging learning disabled/disabled artists to access a vibrant visual arts sector in innovative ways. The most recent example of this has been the OutsiderXchanges project-challenging contemporary collaborative visual art practices in partnership with the Baltic, Whitworth Gallery, Castlefields Art Gallery's and Venture Arts.
Raabe-Webber continues to create leadership opportunities as a Peer Reviewer of Creative Scotland and as an Ambassador of The Big Draw.
Image above by Laura Dicken as part of the 100 Masters artist commission.