Tanya Raabe-Webber
Visual Artist
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News Update: June 2016

Portraits Untold: Stories to be told in nationwide portrait events.

A unique project celebrating the diversity of our common humanity through a series of live portrait sittings with high profile sitters in well-known venues, will take place this summer and autumn across the country.

Portraits Untold will see acclaimed award winning disabled artist, Tanya Raabe-Webber undertake live portrait sittings that fuse digital and traditional drawing and painting techniques. The sittings will see the artist in conversation with the sitters and in some cases collaborating, as they explore what it is to be human through the stories of the lives and the work of the sitters. The conversations will also explore how art and the artistic process is central to the representation of, discussion about and about our thinking on cultural diversity and contemporary society.

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A total of four sitters have been invited to be the subjects at the live events including acclaimed virtuoso percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, Stoke City FC mascot and subject of the BBC BAFTA award winning film Marvellous Neil Baldwin, artist filmmaker and recipient of BAFTA’s life time achievement award John Akomfrah OBE and star of Channel 4’s The Divine David and avant-garde performance artist David Hoyle.

The live events will take place at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (John Akomfrah,16th July), National Portrait Gallery (Evelyn Glennie, 22nd July), Stoke City Football Club (Neil Baldwin, 19th September) and National Trust property Beningbrough Hall (David Hoyle, 1st October). Each sitting will take place in front of a live audience in these well known public venues, as well as being streamed live to online audiences. Both the physical and online audiences will be invited to participate in the event, join in the dialogue and explore diversity whilst also developing their own creative responses in the form of drawings, both on paper and through digital drawing apps on their smart phones and tablets.

News Update: February 2015

"Tanya Raabe-Webber has been awarded a Grants for The Arts ‘Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England to be an artist in residence with visual arts organisation Project Ability, Glasgow as part of their International Summit for learning disability artists and their supported studios, 23 Feb – 25 March 2015."

Follow the Evolving Portrait Gallery on the SummitPortrayed Blog,

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painting in progress

Nov 2014 .....I've joined the DASH - Disability Arts in Shropshre team as their new trustee and I've recently joined forces with Project Ability as their Associate Artist presenting a colaberation at the Contemporary Outsider Art:A Global Context Melborne University Australia.

See my recent blog about the conference


Artist Tanya Raabe: Has recently been shortlisted for National Diversity Awards; LifeTime Achievement Award. Results will be announced at the ceremony 26th September 2014 at The Hurlington Club, London.

New Commission - 'The Custodians' at NT Croft Castle - part of the Meadow Arts 'Time Will Tell' on exhibition now. 9 March 2013 - 3 November 2013 Live Portrait Sittings of the sitters at Croft Castle, check out the blog The Custodians and see the portraits unfold before your eyes.

oval portraits in croft castle 

painted portraits of the custodians head and shoulders

Associate Artist 2009 - 2014

As Associate Artist/Director of Fittings MultiMedia Arts I've worked on elements of the set design, creating 'The Bellamy Twins Family Album' portraits and portraits of the main characters in The Ugly Spirit commissioned by Unlimited programme, part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Check me out talking about my involvement in this great project. Also developing a strategic touring programme of educational workshops with Fittings to support the 'Missing' In Search of Master Juba project.

illustrated portraits of characters from The Ugly Spirit

Posters from Shape.....Buy Now...... Presently on Exhibition HSBC Headquarters, London. Peviously exhibited Southbank, London as part of 'The Museum of the World' Cultural Olympiad Celebrations July 1012-September 2012 and Kingston Grammar School, London. 

You can now buy A1 poster prints of selected Drawings created during the Live Portrait sittings in Tate Modern and Tate Liverpool from Pop Up Gallery scheme, Shape Arts in London.

paint drawing of sophie morgan drawing of Tam shakespearedrawing of Baroness Jane campbell

“Tanya arranged the space so that the sitters, and Tanya’s works in progress, faced directly into the gallery once the double doors were opened. This was an irresistible lure for hundreds of members of the public who had the chance to talk to Tanya and her sitter of the day, and also to pick up some drawing materials and join in.”Marcus Dickey Horley, Curator of Access Projects, Tate Modern

'…impertinent in scale and wonderfully constructed' Sandy Nairne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery Meet The Artists education programme

'…groundbreaking and really absolutely necessary' Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre



Interview: John O'Donoghue talks to Tony Heaton, Shape CEO on Disability Arts on Line

Tony: What would I like to see? I’d like to see Tanya Raabe’s portraits of disabled people in an exhibition of their own in the National Portrait Gallery. And I would like to see a curatorial context that said what these people have done and the influence they’ve had within our culture.

Tony Heaton's portrait cand be seen on the Who's Whos page

snapshot of revealing culture headon blog


Revealing Culture: HeadOn Exhibition Tour & Live portrait Events

  • HSBC Headquarters, London 2013
  • Southbank; The Museum of the World Exhibition - Cultural Olympiad Festival June-August 2012
  • Solihull Arts Complex 27th June -13th August 2011& Artists talk/tour/drawing live 7th July 2011.
  • Dash Space, Shrewsbury 2nd-10th July 2011
  • Plymouth University 8th -10th April 2011
  • DaDa Fest 10 International, Bluecoat, Liverpool 18th November-3rd December 2010

Exhibition launch solihull arts complex Exhibition launch solihull arts complex Exhibition launch solihull arts complex

Photo's from the Revealing Culture: HeadOn Launch Exhibition - Solihull Arts Complex

I appeared on The Culture Show BBC 2, 2010 being interviewed by Mat Fraser about my work in DaDa International fest 2010, while creating a portrait of him posing nude! What an extraordinary experience it was too. In November 2010 I was awarded Ability Media International Visual Art Award 2010. The award was presented to to me by Jude Kelly Artistic Director, Southbank. what a glitzy affair it was too!

Jude Kelly presents Tanya with Ability media award 2010 filming of the Culture Show

Left photo: Jude Kelly Artistic Director Southbank presents Tanya with her Ability Media Award at ITV Studios 2010.

Right photo: BBC The Culture Show films Tanya as she creates Mat Fraser's portrait.

Workshops, Residencies, Commissions

I devise, produce and deliver portrait masterclasses, instructed life drawing sessions, experimental visual arts workshops, equality training for artists and strangly fantastical portrait commissions. I use a variety of visual arts practicies to explore the notions of identity and culture within these workshops

These workshops,residencies and commissiones are tailor made to suite proffessional artists, disabled and learning disabled people, amateur artists of all levels of skill and ability, residencies in Special Educational Schools and colleges, art education in galleries, theatres and performance groups.

tanya runs workshops

If your interested in talking to me about tailor making a project just for you E-mail Me tanartwks@gmail.com



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