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.
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.