An opportunity to see new works in development. Six artists have been selected to share short excerpts of their next big idea with industry professionals and the general public. This is a seeding ground for new ideas and new creative relationships – a place for you to discover your new favourite artists. Coffee and lunch hosted by Performing Arts Hub Norway.
Inside Out Theatre, British Council and Tangled Art + Disability, with the support of Canada Council of the Arts, have joined forces to improve accessibility in the arts countrywide. By inviting artists, producers, advocates and audience members to join the conversation in our spaces, we hope to imagine possible cooperative futures for accessible performances in Canada.
In order to do this, we’re hosting two, three-day accessibility-based assemblies. Inside Out Theatre will host the first assembly in August, 2019 in Calgary, and British Council and Tangled Art + Disability will host the second assembly in Toronto in October, 2019. Our mission with these assemblies are to celebrate the great work that is already taking place with accessible performances, but to also determine how we can improve further within every community. With the first assembly focusing on coordination and organizing accessible performances, the second will cover the practice and training necessary to best host an accessible performance.
We are purposefully keeping the gathering small, with no more than 40 participants, to ensure there is space and time for everyone to actively participate.
Join Carrie Perreault + Eliza Chandler in conversation about Carrie’s current exhibit *period of adjustment* on display in NAC’s Show Room Gallery. The evening will also be marked by a publication launch, with essays by Lucy R. Lippard and Sky Goodden. This period of adjustment poster is a numbered/ signed edition of 500. It can be purchased for $15 in person at the Niagara Artists Centre or sent by post when purchased online through www.carrieperreault.com.
Carrie Perreault is an artist based in Toronto and New York. Recent exhibitions and projects include SHOW.19, Cambridge Art Galleries, Idea Exchange, curated by Iga Janik (2019); Deathnastics, as part of Gymsick, curated by Hazel Meyer and Lucy Pawlak, Toronto (2018); Hamilton Biennale, Hamilton (2017); Strange Beauty, Tangled Arts + Disability Festival, Toronto (2015); and Little Tremors, Treasure Hill Artist Village, Taipei (2014). Perreault has participated in residencies at Open Studio, Toronto; The Banff Centre; and Taipei Artist Village.
Eliza Chandler is an Assistant Professor in the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University. Previous to this role, she was the Artistic Director of Tangled Art + Disability, a disability arts organization in Toronto, Canada. Chandler’s teaching and research bring together disability arts, disability studies, and activism. This includes her co-directorship of Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology, and Access to Life, a SSHRC-funded partnership grant dedicated to the cultivation of disability arts in Canada. Chandler sits on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Arts Council and is a practicing curator.
Registration deadline: November 5
Registration is first come, first served as space is limited.
Experience this three-day summit that is designed to ignite curiosity, confidence, and enthusiasm within Canadian art-making practices, which are facing a rapidly digitizing world.
By stimulating expansive imaginings of our digital futures — the good and the troublesome — we’ll strive to create an ambitious vision for the role the arts must play in fostering creative, inspiring, and humane realities. To mobilize this vision, we will move beyond information-sharing toward concrete pathways to creation, production, and collaboration.
Into the Light examines local histories and ongoing legacies of racial “betterment” thinking in Southern Ontario that de-humanized and disappeared those who did not fit the normative middle-class lives of white, able-bodied settlers.
In the early to mid 20th century, eugenics (race improvement through heredity) was taught and practiced in a number of universities throughout Southern Ontario, including Macdonald Institute and the Ontario Agricultural College, two of the three founding colleges that formed the University of Guelph. Educational institutions played a significant role in the eugenics movement by perpetuating destructive ideas that targeted Indigenous, Black, and other racialized populations, poor, and disabled people for segregation in institutions, cultural assimilation and sterilization.
While eugenics sought to eradicate those deemed as “unfit,” this exhibition centres the voices of members of affected communities who continue to work to prevent institutional brutality, oppose colonialism, reject ableism, and foster social justice.
Into the Light is co-curated by Mona Stonefish, Peter Park, Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning, Evadne Kelly, Seika Boye and Sky Stonefish. This exhibition of artistic, sensory, and material expressions of memory aims to bring one of Guelph’s dark secrets, as well as stories of survival, out of the shadows and into the light.
In Conversation: Eugenics Retold
Saturday, October 26 – 2 PM – Civic Museum – Free admission
A conversation among eugenics activists and Into the Light co-creators and co-curators Mona Stonefish, Peter Park, Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning, Evadne Kelly, Seika Boye and Sky Stonefish, who work to prevent institutional brutality, colonialism, ableism, and social injustice. The conversation event will have ASL Interpretation and CART Live Captioning.
Tickets are available in-person at the Guelph Civic Museum. General admission is $6.00/person, and entry to this exhibition is included with the cost of general admission.
Come on board our neighborhood bus for curated conversations on the performance and politics of mobility – everything from public transportation to protest in public spaces. Part public dialogue, part collectively created site-specific installation, this project will invite participants to reflect on questions of access, assembly, and public choreography as we travel together along Queen West.
Bus departs from The Theatre Centre at 3:00 PM.
Six artists from a range of disciplines will share their performing arts projects with industry professionals and the arts community. An opportunity to discover exciting tour-ready works and large-scale projects in development.
A conversation with Elder Dr. Duke Redbird at the site of Wigwam Chi-Chemung – a summer Indigenous Learning Centre on the waterfront of Toronto. Light lunch provided.
SummerWorks will offer free transportation from The Theatre Centre to Trillium Park. A bus will depart The Theatre Centre at 12:00 PM; the event will start at 12:30 PM.
A seat at the table, a slice of the pie: centering access
Part of the Inter Arts Matrix X-Camera Speaker Series
In art (as in life) disability and considerations of access don’t have to be “add-on” measures, secondary to a privileged experience of the “real” thing. Access, in fact, can be and is generative. Many disabled artists are intervening into the conventions of access, revealing institutional and societal limitations and opening up rich new territory for exploration. In this talk Aislinn Thomas will share some of her recent forays into alternative approaches to audio description while making a case for why we should all care about the many ways of being in and experiencing the world.
Aislinn Thomas is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice includes video, performance, installation, and text. Some of her recent and upcoming exhibitions include the WRO Media Biennale in Wroclaw, Poland; Holding Patterns with Art Spin and Tangled Art + Disability in Toronto; Talk Back at Flux Factory in New York; and a project for the Walter Phillips Gallery in Banff. You can learn more about her work at aislinnthomas.ca.
Jeremy Dutcher has had a remarkable year, winning both a Juno Award and the Polaris Prize for his debut album, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa. In the midst of this extraordinary success, join Jeremy and former Halifax Poet Laureate, Rebecca Thomas, as he discusses the intersections of identity and art. How do Jeremy’s Indigenous and Two-Spirit identities shape his music and his activism? And how does this work contribute to what Jeremy describes as an Indigenous renaissance?