Cripping the Arts

Cripping the Arts 2019 is three days of programming – panel discussions, co-creative workshops, exhibitions and performances – animating how Deaf, Mad, and Disability arts and activism changes how we experience art and culture as well as the ways our sector contributes, and leads to, the achievements of disability rights and justice movements.

We invite you to join us as we explore, debate, and share emerging ideas and practices that relate to themes of representation and new models of leadership, disability culture in an increasingly digital world, and working in solidarity between disability rights, racial justice, decoloniality, and Indigenous sovereignty.

Panel discussions will be live streamed for those unable to attend in person.

Cripping the Arts 2019 is co-hosted by British Council, Creative Users Projects, Tangled Art + Disability, Ryerson University, and Harbourfront Centre.

Download the Cripping the Arts 2019 Program at a PDF
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The Program at a Glance

Day One

Trajectories of Access
Presentations and workshops from the British Council, Inside Out Theatre Calgary, Conseil des Arts de Montréal, and Creative Users Projects on developing programming that highlights accessible and inclusive culture and experiences.

Through a Tired Eye by Bruce Horak at Tangled Art + Disability
Using acrylic, oil, canvas, sculpture, sound, and light, Horak moves art off the wall and into the space for an immersive, tactile experience.

Day Two

Deaf and Disability Futures
Panel discussions and keynote presentations will explore Deaf and Disability arts culture in relation to digital transformation, representation, leadership and Indigenous resistance, racial justice and colonialism.

Crip Shorts
Five short acts, each responding and re-defining the experience of disability through performance, featuring the UK “stumppeteer” Jackie Hagan, Canadian interdisciplinary creator Jessica Watkin, aerialist Erin Ball, poet Tamyka Bullen and theatrical dancers Justin Many Fingers and Brian Solomon.

Day Three

Embodying the Intersections: Indigeneity, Race and Disability
A full day of soulful and political embodied exploration along the intersections through the use of movement, reflexive discovery, and engaged discussion. Audiences are invited to participate and immerse themselves at self-selected entry points throughout the day’s events.

Brownton Abbey
UK based Afro-Futurist performance party with a Space Church theme, Brownton Abbey is a transcendental dance party that defies genre and celebrates intersectional identities.

Co-hosted by:

Cripping the Arts 2019 co-host logos: British Council, Harbourfront Centre, Tangled Art + Disability, Creative Users Projects, Ryerson University

A huge thanks to all of our funders!