Porcupine quill embroidery in reds, pinks and browns in a zig zag pattern on soft white paper

Access is Love and Love is Complicated

Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC) / Tangled Art + Disability

CRITICAL DISTANCE and TANGLED ART+DISABILITY are pleased to present ACCESS IS LOVE and LOVE IS COMPLICATED, an exhibition and event series featuring Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Kat Germain, Wy Joung Kou, Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning, Andy Slater, Elizabeth Sweeney, Aislinn Thomas, and Adam Wolfond and Estée Klar. This program is co-curated by CDCC Education and Accessibility Coordinator, Emily Cook, and Tangled Art + Disability Director of Programming, Sean Lee and represents the next level in our ongoing series of programs providing opportunities for curators and artists to consider new and more collaborative aesthetic and conceptual approaches to accessibility within and beyond the gallery context.

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Fall 2019 Event Series

Critical Distance and Tangled Art + Disability are pleased to announce the following events in conjunction with ACCESS IS LOVE and LOVE IS COMPLICATED. All events will take place at Artscape Youngplace; exact locations within the building and further details will be provided closer to event dates. Admission to exhibitions is always free; public open events are free, and pre-registered (space-limited) workshops and events are pay-what-you-can. Critical Distance is committed to paying fair wages as well as reducing barriers to participation in our programs. Accessibility information is provided below and will apply for all events.

Opening Reception
Thursday October 3rd 6pm -9 pm
Poetry reading by Adam Wolfond at 7pm
Critical Distance Centre for Curators Suite 302
Opening Reception on Facebook

Indigeneity, Neurodiversity and the Arts
A Conversation with Vanessa Dion Fletcher and Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning
Sunday, October 20th at 2 pm
Small World Music 180 Shaw Street Suite 101

How to Make Your Own Word Scavenger Hunt with Vanessa Dion Fletcher
Monday, October 21st at 6 pm
Paperhouse Studio 180 Shaw St Suite 102

Dream-Worlding with Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning
Saturday, November 2nd at 2 pm
Critical Distance Centre for Curators Suite 302

The Culture of Crip Aesthetics
Panel discussion with Sean Lee, Andy Slater, Wy Joung Kou and Aislinn Thomas
Moderated by Emily Cook
Saturday, November 9th at 2 pm
Small World Music Suite 101

Access is Love and Love is Complicated: A reading group
Thursday, November 14th from 6–9 pm
Critical Distance Centre for Curators Suite 302

Experimental Audio and Image Description with Aislinn Thomas and Kat Germain
Saturday, November 16th at 2pm
Critical Distance Centre for Curators Suite 302


Image: Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Quillwork in twenty-nine Parts, porcupine quill embroidery on paper, 6 x 9 inches.