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February 28, 2021

Open Call to Deaf and Disability Identified Artists

Hosted by Harbourfront Centre

International call out to Deaf and disability identified visual artists. CoMotion Festival 2022 seeks creative proposals for an art installation called Not Born Yesterday, Not Going Away.

Curated by award-winning Blind writer, performer and theatre director Alex Bulmer (see full bio below), CoMotion Festival 2022 is a multi-disciplinary International Festival of Deaf and Disability Art taking place from April 18 to May 1, 2022. Produced by Harbourfront Centre, a leader of cutting-edge art and culture, CoMotion will be one of the largest international celebrations of Deaf and Disability Art in North America, featuring live and digital work.

What is Not Born Yesterday, Not Going Away? Deaf and disabled artists have existed as long as disabled people have existed, but Disability “art history” is often reduced to something just beyond yesterday. Not Born Yesterday, Not Going Away celebrates the long history of Disability Art, past and present, as well as looking toward its future. Alex Bulmer will curate an exhibition as part of CoMotion Festival, inviting Deaf and disability identified artists of today to create an original work that honours an artistic ancestor of their choosing — those great Deaf and disability identified art makers who are now deceased — bringing past and present into focus.

Eight artists will be commissioned and featured in this exhibition. Two artists will be selected through this open call. The selection process will involve a committee of disabled and non-disabled artists based in Canada who will assess proposals based on artistic merit, feasibility of execution and reflection of the theme.

This is an opportunity to exhibit an original work inspired by the practice of a Deaf or disability identified artist who has influenced your own practice and/or is someone you would like to honour. The choice of artistic ancestor is up to you and can be from anywhere in the world and from any artistic discipline (does not need to match your discipline). All ages and all levels of experience are invited to apply.

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For more information or for assistance with your submission please contact: CoMotion@harbourfrontcentre.com


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