Tony Heaton (UK)

Location: Walkergate

A subversive statement in neon pink

This neon pink work, ‘A Bigger Ripple’ – (Raspberry Ripple) by Tony Heaton is humorous, subversive and political. A playful typescript, it could be superficially read as a fun image, reminiscent of ice cream, funfairs, seaside, sweet and fruity.

There is a deficit in this installation: the letter “P” is missing from the vertical word, “Rasberry”; a silent letter, seen but not heard. The horizontal word “Ripple” already has two letter “Ps” – it could be considered that three is a crowd. The form is a cross. It isn’t a crucifix, but there is a sacrifice of sorts.

With the phrase Raspberry Ripple, Heaton plays on the rhyming slang for “cripple”, arguing that, “words can oppress us but we cripples resurrect it in Crip culture and Crip humour; it’s ours alone to own”.

Raspberry Ripple also appeared as a projection at Lumiere London 2018



Stepped access between Millennium Place and Freeman’s Place: There are 4 flights of steps consisting of 8/11/12/12 steps. 

Stepped access between Missoula and Ebony: 2 flights of steps consisting of 7/7 steps. 

Stepped access between Ebony and Gala Theatre: 2 flights of steps consisting of 8/8 steps. 

Seating available within Millennium Place with adequate lighting in the area.

Lift access from Walkergate Car Park and Freeman’s Place to Millennium Place: There is lift access from within Walkergate car park and also from Freeman’s Place, below the Fat Buddha restaurant. There are power assisted doors to each lift. Access to Level 1 – Riverside ground level, Level 5 – bars and lower level of Millennium place, Level 7 – upper level, restaurants and Gala theatre. Car parks close at midnight. 

Platform lift: Within Millennium place there is a platform lift available to go between the upper and lower levels of Millennium Place. This is situated next to the Bishops Mill pub. 

Access from Milburngate Bridge: There is ramped access from Milburngate bridge. The ramp is situated behind the library with adequate handrails and lighting. The surface is block paving.  

 Access from Claypath: Steep downward slope from Claypath towards Millennium Place. There is a paved foothpath. 


About Tony Heaton

Tony Heaton is a sculptor and performance artist who interweaves disability issues into traditional and discarded materials.

Tony Heaton has worked in the field of disability, diversity and social justice for his whole career, with experience gathered from working as a Field Officer for RADAR (now Disability Rights UK), Development Officer for NACAB Citizens Advice, Director of Holton Lee and most recently as Chief Executive, and now Chair of Shape Arts, a disability-led arts organisation working with major cultural institutions and disabled people as artists and audiences.



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