Through the art and science of ‘wonder-working’, Thaumaturgy generates an immersive and participatory call to action to fight for the future of our planet’s well being. Animated through the respective artforms of four Indigenous Disabled artists, the four elements of Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water meet at a juncture to story ceremony and sacred space for feeling and healing. Tobacco, Sage, Cedar and Sweetgrass work to resist the formalities of a gallery, giving way to living tableaus that tie together the four elemental installations. In paying homage to the land and the place we call home, we come back to our base teachings of love, respect for the ‘wonders’ of our environment, and the ability each of us has to reshape our future with our own hands.
Thaumaturgy is curated by Jaene F. Castrillon, in partnership with Charles Street Video.
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CRIPTYCH showcases a year of intensive project development from members of the DATA program, a collaboration between Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba and Video Pool Media Arts. This exhibition confronts outdated modes of therapy, unearths skeletons in the mental health care system, explores inner worlds of digitally-mediated self-examination and negotiates boundaries between vulnerable states of dependence, dis/ability and agency. The artists in CRIPTYCH take extraordinary lengths to share their experiences through these profoundly personal artworks.
The Diversity through Access to Technology + Art program (DATA) provides mentorship, education and career development opportunities to artists with disabilities who are interested in incorporating technology into their arts practice.
Image: Image: Technical Support / Soutien technique by Yvette Cenerini
Workman Arts presents BEING SCENE, a sweeping exhibition encompassing more than 100 artworks by 66 artists. These artists give shape to compelling ideas and narratives, covering a wide range of conceptual and material approaches from diverse experiences.
Being Scene 2020 is free to attend, and runs March 7-26 at Toronto Media Arts Centre (TMAC). The exhibition also includes a series of events during the run that provide opportunities for discussion, reflection and exploration.
Each event will have an active listener on site. We do our best to accommodate any interpretation, transportation assistance, navigation assistance, financial assistance or any other accessibility needs by request. If you require any accessibility supports in order to attend any of these events, please get in touch with Justina Zatzman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-583-4339, ext 9.
Image: Shannon Taylor Jones, aftermath, 2019 (detail)
A Big Heritage with A Glorious Past
ELEANA ANTONAKI and MARINA XENOFONTOS
Curated by ma ma (Magdalyn Asimakis and Heather Rigg)
“A Big Heritage with A Glorious Past” presents the work of Eleana Antonaki and Marina Xenofontos in an inconclusive dialogue around the migratory experience. In their practices, both artists explore transnational feminist perspectives, honing in on the adversities of migration and strategies of settling and creating homes while in exile.
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LOVE MY DYSFUNCTIONS by Rebecca Sweets is an immersive installation which explores her mad, neurodivergent + disabled identity through the lens of executive dysfunction, a dominant symptom of ADHD. The exhibition is concerned with social constructs of dysfunction, within the context of “higher education” that normalizes neurotypicality by reinforcing systemic ableist, sanist, and capitalist modes of existence.
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Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) will host a party to celebrate the opening of its two new winter exhibitions. During the event, the gallery will launch a new catalogue featuring the work of former Ottawa artist Dennis Tourbin and sell prints by Robert Houle to benefit Minwaashin Lodge.
Shannon Finnegan: Lone Proponent of Wall-to-Wall Carpet
Curated by Heather Anderson and Fiona Wright
The Brooklyn-based artist and activist Shannon Finnegan makes cheeky work about disability culture and access. Her furniture, murals and drawings call out ableism in art galleries and other public places, and imagine a world committed to ongoing, responsive and collective care.
They Forgot That We Were Seeds
Curated by Kosisochukwu Nnebe
Featuring artists KC Adams, Deanna Bowen, Roxana Farrell, Bushra Junaid, Amy Malbeuf, Meryl McMaster, Cheyenne Sundance and Katherine Takpannie.
This ambitious group exhibition brings together black and Indigenous women artists around the subject of food. Their compelling works about the production, trade and consumption of such goods as cod and sugar firmly embed Canada in the global history of colonialism.
Image: L: Katherine Takpannie, Niriqatigiit (detail), 2019, digital photograph. R: Shannon Finnegan, Do you want us here or not [Drawing 5], 2017, digitized drawing.
Part of the Cedar Ridge Gallery Contemporary Exhibition series. Robyn Rennie‘s “Vision Dissemination” will be a show about experiencing visual art from the point of view of low vision.
Image: Paintings and sculpture by Robyn Rennie & Mary Louise White.
Yellow Peril; The Celestial Elements is a visual art exhibit inspired by the Chinese Five Elemental forces, seized by the urgent tensions between Queer Chinese diasporic identities. A collection of multichannel installations, visual and sculptural activations provoke a cosmic encounter of our living past and present as we ‘race’ towards a healing future. These elemental activations attempt to collapse the linear temporality to dislodge an emotional, spiritual, cosmological, and metaphysical enunciation of our Queer ‘Chineseness’. Rather than focus on the trauma that queer people of colour face, this project is fundamentally an invitation to an exuberant celebration of queerness that is unabashedly Chinese.
The Schwartz/Reisman Centre is pleased to host an Art Exhibition in honour of Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month this February! Participants from Reena, DANI, and the Schwarz/Reisman Centre’s Art and Creative Club will be showcasing their masterpieces, and you are invited! Support children, teens and adults with intellectual disabilities and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder as they showcase their amazing work.
On the first Saturday morning of ever month beginning from Saturday 4 January, all galleries and public spaces in KWAG will be programmed with reduced light and volume levels to provide a more welcoming environment for individuals living with autism and any others who require or prefer environments with less visual and auditory stimuli. While KWAG has a long-standing policy of accommodating the special needs of our visitors by adjusting light and sound levels accordingly, these new standard hours create dedicated time and space for our guests to experience a welcoming environment that is already suited to their needs.
We have been fortunate to receive the support and guidance of local artist Aislinn Thomas, who exhibited at KWAG in our 2018 exhibition, The Brain is wider than the Sky, and has presented and written extensively on the topic of access and the arts. As an artist who lives with sensory sentivity, both her practice and advocacy have foregrounded the creative potential found in negotiating barriers to access. Her installation for KWAG, A people’s history of the sublime: TOTALITY (21.08.2017), found human unity in a shared experience of being in the dark of the 2017 solar eclipse, while her recent project for the Banff Centre, A distinct aggregation / A dynamic equivalent / A generous ethic of invention: Six writers respond to six sculptures, drew on audio description to poetically replace the act of seeing with one of listening. Aislinn will be contributing a commissioned response to our upcoming Permanent Collection exhibition, The Myth of Consensus, that will build on this creative use of audio description, and her input has been instrumental in the introduction of Sensory Friendly Saturdays here at the Gallery.
Here’s what visitors can expect when they visit on the first Saturday of the month from 10:00am to 12:00pm:
- Reduced lighting levels in the lobby
- Reduced volume on audio-visual artworks such as video projections
- Light level adjustment in video projection spaces to reduce contrasting darkness
- Relaxation area for visitors provided in our Community Access Space
We encourage our visitors to take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy a more relaxed environment in the new year, and continue to connect with our Front Desk should you require any further accommodations to enjoy your art-viewing experience.
Image: Gallery visitors explore Aislinn Thomas’ A people’s history of the sublime: TOTALITY (21.08.2017) at KWAG, 2018. Photo: Mike Lalich.