Creative Users Projects explores the intersection of art and design, accessibility, and disability. Creative Users Projects is a shapeshifter, cultural connector and sector builder of disability arts and accessible curatorial practice. Our work stems from a desire to activate art and make visible an inclusive arts culture.
Throughout all our projects, Creative Users Projects aims to bridge disability, accessibility and arts communities by:
- Creating opportunities for art-making, mentorship and co-creation.
- Cultivating the visibility of artists with disabilities as well as the spaces that are built with different bodies in mind.
- Helping to mobilize change of both the built environment and the way we think about space towards creating more accessible communities.
- Building opportunities for artists and art lovers to network, connect and see themselves represented in Canada’s cultural arts scene.
The Creative Users Projects Team
Lindsay is a multi-disciplinary artist, curator, and producer working in the arts and not-for-profit sector. Lindsay’s devotes most of her time exploring creative ways that accessibility aesthetics impacts curatorial arts, arts culture and design thinking. As an artist with a disability, Lindsay is motivated by a desire to build more opportunities and spaces with different bodies in mind and to highlight the ways that activism and disability arts culture is reshaping Canada’s arts ecology. Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University and a Bachelor of Graphic Design from OCAD University.
Emily is the Project Manager at Creative Users Projects. With a background in the public sector, she has worked for the federal government and in higher education, researching, designing and developing accessible websites, virtual exhibitions and content. She has a keen interest in the intersection of access and design, and the human factors of sustainability.
Board of directors
Alex Bulmer is an award-winning Canadian writer, performer and art maker. She has written for CBC radio, BBC radio, film and television and UK Channel 4. Alex has worked locally with Buddies, Nightwood, Theatre Centre, and internationally with Royal Court Theatre, the London 2012 Olympics, Polka Theatre and Graeae Theatre Company. She is also the artistic director of the UK based company, Invisible Flash. Alex is a fellow of the Winston Churchill Trust and was named one of the UK’s most influential disabled artists in 2014. Alex celebrates the infusion of disability into the arts and welcomes participatory design for a more inclusive world.
Sean Lee is part of a new generation of artists, curators and arts leaders bringing fresh perspectives to the contemporary art field. Working in performance art and using the body as a medium, his practice negotiates the realities and inevitable conclusions drawn surrounding his identity as a queer, Asian and disabled artist. Sean was the inaugural Curator in Residence in 2017 at Tangled Art Gallery and is now their Gallery Manager. Working for Tangled has shown that the diversity of those who help bring the arts to Ontario is as vital as that of the artists that create work and the communities that are touched by it. Creating inroads into the profession can remove barriers to access and help make for an inclusive cultural landscape that benefits everyone.
Deirdre Logue holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and an MFA from Kent State University, Ohio. Notable exhibitions of her film and video art installations have taken place at Plug In ICA (Winnipeg) Open Space (Victoria), Oakville Galleries, the Berlin International Film Festival, ExiS (Seoul) and at A Space Gallery, Gallery 44, and Tangled Art + Disability in Toronto and as part of the Images Festival Canadian Artist Spotlight, in which she was featured in 2017. Her most recent collaborations with artist Allyson Mitchell include the FAG Feminist Art Gallery (Toronto) and Killjoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian, Feminist Haunted House (Toronto, London and Los Angeles). Logue is currently the Development Director at Vtape in Toronto and has been a member of the Independent Imaging Collective (Film Farm) with Philip Hoffman since 1999.
Tristan Whiston is a director, dramaturge, and community artist. He has written and directed five audio documentaries for CBC, including Middle C, which won the 2007 Premios Ondas Award for International Radio. He has directed Gender Play, trace, and was dramaturge and performer on Hush, which was presented at the London International Festival of Theatre and the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, England. Tristan’s film pINCO Triangle was honoured with three 2018 Queer North Awards, including Best Canadian Film.
With over 30 years of experience in disability management, Christine Karcza has helped to transform organizations into banner destinations for people of all abilities. Before starting her own company, she had a varied career at Royal Bank, the Ontario Public Service and the Ontario March of Dimes.
Christine’s I can do this! attitude, shaped by managing the challenges of her own disability, has helped inspire individuals and organizations to find innovative solutions to overcoming barriers.
Christine has worked extensively in the cultural sector. Clients include the Stratford Festival, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Toronto Fringe Festival, Canadian Stage, Mirvish Productions, The Telus Centre for Performance and Learning, the Luminato Festival, The Gardner Museum of Ceramic Art and the Royal Ontario Museum.
She is a Senior Fellow at Massey College and the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's Community
Volunteer Award, a Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Adrienne Clarkson Public Service Award, and many
Volunteer Service and Leadership Awards.
Christine is a world traveller and has climbed the Great Wall of China, sat at the edge of the Grand
Canyon and fallen overboard out of a zodiac in the Arctic.