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An incredibly hard-hitting yet sensitive photographic record of the physical and emotional challenges and the constant surgical procedures he’s faced over the years, it’s safe to say this this startling autobiographical exhibition is Kev’s most personal work to date.

A familiar face at gigs and events across Teesside and beyond, Kev Howard's photography has reached global audiences for more than a decade. He’s photographed hundreds of bands, poets, artists and demonstrations in that time. Also a much-loved musician, he’s travelled the world as a didgeridoo player, appearing in an Australian Rock Opera plus festivals in Holland, Germany, Belgium and America.

It’s a string of achievements made even more remarkable given the fact that Kev lives with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC) – a term used to describe over 300 conditions that cause multiple curved joints in areas of the body at birth. In Kev’s case, it’s meant a series of major operations throughout his lifetime, undergoing his first surgery aged just six months old! 55 major operations followed over the next 24 years, including full amputations, bone grafts and shortened limbs. With each new operation shifting his centre of balance, it’s meant that Kev has had to learn to walk 22 times!

d-FORMED: An exhibition by Kev Howard. Constantine Gallery, ground floor of Middlesbrough Tower at Teesside University, Middlesbrough. Wednesday 15 November until Friday 8 December. 8am-6pm.

Free admission.

Exhibition supported by Arts Council England, and part of a PhD project by Louise Logan. Photographer’s Assistant, Clare Hansford. 

(Photo credit: Stuart Boulton)

Teesside University

Teesside University is dynamic and energetic, celebrating over 80 years of innovative and inspiring education. Over £135-m investment on campus provides top class facilities for students. Teesside offers a wide range of popular subjects from animation to law, business and health to media and forensic science.

Officially opened in 1930 as Constantine Technical College by the then Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VIII, to support Middlesbrough’s booming engineering and shipping industries. 

We have almost 30,000 full- and part-time students.Overseas students make up 5.6% of the students studying on campus at Teesside, with a further 1.6% coming from the EU (excluding transnational activity). 43% of students are male, 57% female.Teesside has a community of over 1,400 students from overseas (full-time, including EU).