Event Category: Artist talk

Artist Talk: Aislinn Thomas

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Join us for a free artist talk with Kitchener-based artist Aislinn Thomas, who will share the process behind her commissioned response to the Permanent Collection works on display in The Myth of Consensus.

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Aislinn Thomas is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice includes video, performance, sculpture, installation, and text. She culls material from everyday experiences and relationships, creating work that ranges from poignant to absurd (at times straddling both). Her recent works explore the generative nature of disability while pushing up against conventional standards of access.

Recent exhibitions include Draft Systems WRO Media Arts Biennial in Wroclaw, Poland; TALK BACK at Flux Factory in Queens, New York; and A distinct aggregation / A dynamic equivalent / A generous ethic of invention: Six writers respond to six sculptures commissioned by the Walter Phillips Gallery at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, AB. Aislinn is a settler of Ashkenazi and British descent. She lives and works on the Haldimand Tract, land promised to the Six Nations near the Grand River in Ontario, Canadat

Naked Heart LGBTQ Festival of Words – Sunday

Naked Heart: An LGBTQ Festival of Words in pink and purple letters on a white background

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Reading: ASL Drag Storytime Readers
Storytellers: Thurga Kanagasekarampillai, Gaitrie Persaud, Jaideep Goray
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander St)

1:45 PM – 4:15 PM
Reading: Post Trauma: What Comes After You Survive
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander St)

4:15 PM – 5:30 PM
Panel: Rage & Channelling Anger
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

5:45 PM – 7:30 PM
Panel: Writer’s Body
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

7:30 PM – 9 PM
Reading: Racialized is a Verb
Glad Day Bookshop (499 Church St)

9 PM – 10 PM
Reading: Blazing Femme
Glad Day Bookshop

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Naked Heart LGBTQ Festival of Words – Saturday

Naked Heart: An LGBTQ Festival of Words in pink and purple letters on a white background

12:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Workshop: Submitting Your Work to Journals & Anthologies: Step-by-Step Strategies for Emerging Writers
Glad Day Bookshop (499 Church St)

2:15 PM – 3:45 PM
Reading: Queer Speculative Fiction
Glad Day Bookshop (499 Church St)

3:45 PM – 5:15 PM
Panel: New Worlds: Diverse Queer Voices in Speculative Fiction
Glad Day Bookshop (499 Church St)

5:15 PM – 7:30 PM
Book Launch: Musings from the Bunker & Slouching towards Womanhood
Glad Day Bookshop (499 Church St)

7:30 PM – 9 PM
Book Launch: The Smart Girl’s Guide to Polyamory
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander St)

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Not So Blue Mondays

"Not So Blue Mondays" in green and blue letters against a white background

Are you living with brain injury and looking for a creative outlet? Come to our weekly Drop-In! Create & present your own poetry, short stories, music and more at Not So Blue Mondays.

Engage in a lively discussion about arts, culture and MORE – with a NEW TOPIC every week.
Got some writing or music of your own to share? Here’s a great space to do it!

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Interroger l’accès: Bonnes pratiques et modèles institutionnels

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Best practices and institutional models, with William Beauchemin (Exeko), Tiphaine Girault and Paula Bath (SPiLL.PROpagation) and Julie Tremble (Vidéographe)

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This round table is part of “Interrogating Access“, a series of talks and workshops on accessibility in art and media production. The Interrogating Access series aims to equip artists, organisations and cultural workers with the means to better address accessibility issues in the arts and in media production. The round table on best practices and institutional models regarding accessibility present concrete initiatives put forward by Quebec cultural organisations. The panellists will address the following questions:

  • What does the notion of access represent in your field or organisation?
  • What are the barriers to access that your publics or members experience?
  • What concrete measures have you put in place to facilitate access to your services or to
    increase the participation of more diverse publics?

While recognizing that each organisation has different capacities and solutions to meet its own challenges, the ultimate goal of this roundtable is to generate ideas for actions that can be taken in order to improve the access conditions available to the staff, audiences and members of cultural organisations.

A Knapsack Full of Dreams: Cathy Crowe in Conversation with Myer Siemiatycki

An illustration of a partial open backpack in blue, grey and yellow, with "A Knapsack Full of Dreams" in white block letters on the left

In A Knapsack Full of Dreams, Cathy Crowe details her lifelong commitment as a nurse and social justice activist—particularly her thirty years as a Street Nurse—with passion, grace, and fortitude. Cathy’s reading from her book A Knapsack Full of Dreams will move you, then inspire you to act.

Presented in partnership with Centre for Independent Living in Toronto.

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Cripresentation: Disability Representation in Podcasting

A four by four grid of icons of various microphones in white on acid green

Podcasting has become one of the fastest-growing mediums among independent creators. Cripresentation is a panel of disabled podcasters and creators talking about why representation matters, the barriers they face, and the possibilities that podcasting opens up for marginalized creators. This panel will be moderated by Mari Ramsawakh, producer and co-host of Sick Sad World: A true crime and horror podcast.

Presented in partnership with Hot Docs, and the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto.

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A Handmade Assembly

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A Handmade Assembly is a community event that brings together artists, curators, and others from the region and beyond to lead discussions, facilitate workshops, initiate projects, open exhibitions, and share in a common thread—the handmade. A Handmade Assembly is organized collaboratively by the Owens Art Gallery and Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre with the support of the Fine Arts Department at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick.

Now in its ninth year, the Assembly is a response to the significant number of artists who have in recent years been using materials and processes that are laborious, often intimate, and usually associated with traditional craft methods. In the process, Sackville has become a centre for the appreciation of the handmade in contemporary culture and a venue for artists to discuss their practices and make new and necessary networks.

The Assembly interprets the ‘handmade’ in the widest terms, embracing interdisciplinarity and wide-ranging critical inquiry. Artists as diverse as Karen Reimer, Jerry Ropson, Séripop, Ray Fenwick, Sandy Plotnikoff, Janet Morton, Yoko Homareda, Daniel Barrow, Graeme Patterson, and others have participated. Curators, academics, and writers including Mireille Eagan, John Murchie, Sarah Quinton, Jayne Wark, Janine Rogers and Danielle Hogan have also participated, offering their reflections on the handmade in contemporary practice at a wrap-up session on the last night of the proceedings. Another important component of the Assembly is the Heart & Pocket Revue, a crafters market supported by artists and crafters from Sackville and around the region.

We are excited to present A Handmade Assembly for the 9th time in Sackville, New Brunswick. We hope you can join us.

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Organizing Committee:
Colleen Coco Collins
Emily Falvey
Amanda Fauteux
Todd Fraser
Adriana Kuiper
Lucy MacDonald
Jerry Ropson
Rachel Thornton