Event Category: Workshop

Embodying the Mal/function

An Arduino circuit board connected to an ethernet cable, wires, an LCD screen and LED lights

Join artist and maker seb pines in a discussion and experimental workshop about the intersections of physical computing and disability.

Following the completion of their wearable project shrt C1RCU1T, seb will talk with participants about their process in creating the piece and talking about the possibilities of using mal/functioning tech to talk about the dis/abled body.

Participants will collaboratively work with sensors, LEDs, motors, and other physical computing components and discuss how these forms of tech can be stand ins for body parts and the experiences of the disabled body, creating a number of malfunctioning hardware pieces.

With a focus on being beginner friendly to those new to Arduino, the workshop will begin with a breakdown of the kinds of things different components can do and how we can see parallels between them to parts of the human body. Working from these parallels we will experiment with creating malfunctioning tech and how it can communicate the different ways a body can work and move.

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About the Instructor: seb pines is a queer multi-disciplinary artist/maker and academic. They hold a BFA from OCADu and are currently pursuing a Master’s in Interdisciplinary Studio Arts with a focus in queer play in roleplaying games. They work around themes of queerness, embodiment, storytelling, failure, and cripping tech.

Digital Arts Strategy for IBPOC Artists & Arts Organizations

"Digital Arts Strategy for IBPOC Artists & Arts Organiazations" in white on dark teal

Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) is excited to announce the development of the Digital Arts Strategy for IBPOC Artists and Arts Organizations. CPAMO will engage in research specific to the Indigenous, Black, People of Colour (IBPOC) arts community focusing on digital literacy and readiness. This is the first step to CPAMO’s ultimate goal to develop a digital platform complementing administrative support systems with audience engagement, data sharing, collaborative projects and creation opportunities via digital platforms specific for the needs of IBPOC Arts.

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This project is facilitated by the Project Coordinator, Perry Voulgaris, and consultant, Kelly Lynne Ashton. Perry Voulgaris has 30 years experience in arts, media, entertainment and digital leading organizations in the creation and delivery of compelling and innovative projects. 20 years Board experience with nonprofits, committees, collectives, movements and community organizations. Kelly Lynne Ashton has over twenty-five years of experience on the business side of Canadian film, television and digital media. She assists cultural industry clients with research, policy and strategy development and consulting on diversity and inclusion initiatives. This project is funded by the Digital Strategy Fund through Canada Council for the Arts.

The Research phase of this project will identify and share evidence-based practices relevant to the artists/arts organizations, particularly focusing on how IBPOC arts organizations using digital technology, the development, scope and results of such uses. The consultation phase will include interviews and consultations with the community to identify their knowledge levels on digital technology and the arts, and discussion on how this might support collaborative, sector-building projects.

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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How to Crip the Arts 2

"Let's Talk Art" in white block letters against a geometric textured background in black, blue, pink, white and purple

Curated by Tangled Art & Disability in How to Crip the Arts 2, participants will have the opportunity to explore the topic of disability aesthetics. They will also have a chance to participate in an interactive workshop that will help solidify some of the concepts and ideas discussed about this topic. To participate in this workshop, participants are not required to have attended How to Crip the Arts 1, but it is recommended.

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Facilitators

Jack Hawk is a multidisciplinary artist, astrologer, community worker and autistic 2spirit mutt. Before joining Tangled, Jack worked in non-profit gallery management and held positions with George Brown College and the Griffin Centre. Originally from Utica, NY, he now lives in Toronto with his blue-tongued skink.

Sean Lee is a part of a new generation of artists, curators, and arts leaders that bring fresh perspectives to contemporary art through an intersectional disability arts praxis. Orienting towards a “crip horizon”, Sean leads with disability in his curation for its transformative potential. Sean is the Director of Programming at Tangled Art + Disability. He sits on the board of the8Fest, Creative Users Projects and the Ontario Art Council’s Deaf and Disability Advisory Group.

A Handmade Assembly

A pair of hands using scissors to cut out an images of scissors from a sheet of paper with multiple illustrations of scissors

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

How to Crip the Arts 1

"Let's Talk Art" in white block letters against a geometric textured background in black, blue, pink, white and purple

Neighbourhood Arts Network and RBC Foundation present a free workshop series showcasing inspiring artists, vibrant spaces, and valuable information to help artists make new connections, increase their capacity and learn more about the arts in Toronto.

Join us for How to Crip the Arts – 1! An engaging introductory workshop curated by Tangled Art & Disability designed for artists interested in exploring the aesthetic potential of access.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage with knowledgeable artists/facilitators that will discuss the following topics: Disability Arts (social vs. medical model), and accessible curatorial practices. This workshop will include a guided tour of Body Farm, an art exhibit that puts into practice the access policies discussed in the workshop. Light refreshments will be provided.

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Facilitators/Artists

Valentin Brown queers the human body by combining it with forms from nature to create what he calls “soft body horror”—a mythology of monsters that describe his story. Valentin’s story sits a largely neglected intersection: he is an autistic, trans man who inherited a complicated history of intergenerational trauma. His grotesque guardians express how he makes meaning, through a gaze that is queer, trauma-informed, and on the spectrum. “Soft body horror” gives Valentin space to begin re-experiencing his story in bits and pieces, in a greater context of awe, humour, and hope.

Valentin is a graduate of the Visual and Creative Arts program at Sheridan College. In 2019, he was awarded Tangled Art + Disability’s Won Lee Fellowship, and the Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency. “Body Farm” is Valentin’s first solo exhibition.

Kristina McMullin is a designer and communicator who works from a human centered approach. She has designed, promoted, and produced deliverables, events, and exhibitions through her work at Tangled Art + Disability. As an advocate for Disability Arts, Kristina has served as a presenter and panellist within Toronto’s arts and culture sector to speak about access and inclusion best practices and delivered keynote speeches across North America.

With a Bachelor of Design degree from Ryerson University, digital marketing and user experience design certificates from Brainstation, and training in audio description and relaxed performance, Kristina’s dedication to continuous improvement gives life to her passion for access and inclusion.

Stage Access

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Stage Access gives participants an introductory experience in performing for the stage. Over the course of these workshops participants explore physical movement, areas of the stage, voice, improvisation, character exploration, working from a script and what goes into being part of a production. The series concludes with a public performance by participants. The motivation for the public performance is to showcase emerging artist to our arts community – including directors. Workshop participation is for those aged 16+.

Workshops will be led by Power Productions’ Artistic Director, Paul David Power, along with a series of guest professional artists from our local arts community.

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Partner Acrobatics and People Stacking for Everyone with Erin Ball

Turquoise tinted photo of Erin Ball posing on a wheelchair with long narrow metal prosthetics

Join Erin Ball in a movement-based workshop that will introduce some of the principles of human pyramids. This workshop is designed for all people. To register contact zach@springboardperformance.com.

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Erin Ball is a circus artist, coach, owner of Kingston Circus Arts and co-owner of LEGacy Circus. After events resulting in the loss of her lower legs, Erin works to create new, creative and different ways of executing her skills as a circus performer.

Photo credit: Grim Photography. LEGacy Circus.

See & Be Seen

A group of children in a semicircle on a gym floor, with two adult instructors performing dance moves

See & Be Seen explores movement as a means of creative expression. This interactive performance exposes the audience to diversity, difference, and the power of dance. It widens the spectrum of who dances and what dance can be. Performed by a cast of dancers with and without disabilities, our show challenges the idea of the “normal body” and addresses themes of communication, accessibility, and inclusion.

Suitable for children 8 and under.

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See & Be Seen

See & Be Seen explores movement as a means of creative expression. This interactive performance exposes the audience to diversity, difference, and the power of dance. It widens the spectrum of who dances and what dance can be. Performed by a cast of dancers with and without disabilities, our show challenges the idea of the “normal body” and addresses themes of communication, accessibility, and inclusion.

Suitable for children 8 and under.

More information on the ArtStarts website