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August 6, 2020

Open Call for Artists: PostScript

Hosted by Public Access / Tangled Art + Disability

New extended deadline for proposal submissions: August 6, 2020
Exhibition dates: October 2020

Public Access and Tangled Art + Disability invite disabled, crip, d/Deaf, Mad, Sick, and chronically ill artists to submit proposals for artworks that explore accessibility and digital publishing.

The artists who are selected and the artworks that they make will be part of PostScript, a series of online sessions about accessibility and digital publishing hosted by Public Access. PostScript will take place every Friday in October. The sessions will include artists, publishing professionals, and academics from around the world talking about different subjects related to accessibility and digital publishing.

The artists will present and discuss their finished artworks in a public online talk at PostScript. Their artworks will also be exhibited on the Public Access and Tangled Art + Disability websites during the month of October.

We called this event “PostScript” because it is a word with different meanings. It can mean a page description language used in publishing applications. It also suggests how accessibility has been considered and “add-on” for a long time. And it also suggests that digital publishing and digital technologies might offer something that comes “after” print.

Below is a list of some of the themes that PostScript may explore, and that you might use to create an artwork with. These themes are just starting points, though. Your proposal can address other themes related to accessibility, arts, and digital publishing that interest you.

  • The relationship between accessibility and digital spaces
  • What digital publishing means, or could mean, for disabled, crip, d/Deaf, Mad, Sick, chronically ill artists
  • The relationship between disabled artists and art criticism
  • New or unconventional forms of publishing (like augmented reality, virtual reality, or X reality)
  • New or unconventional ways of showing artwork using digital technologies
  • Questioning why vision or sight is so often emphasized in art, and how that relates to accessible publishing and disability

The artists who are selected will get an artist fee. They will also get a materials fee to help with the cost of making their artwork.

More information, alternate versions and how to submit


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  • Public Access

    303 Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts, York University, 4700 Keele St, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3, Canada

    PUBLIC was founded in 1988 by the Public Access Collective, a charitable non-profit organization. Its evolving membership has been curating and producing projects and urban interventions, speaker series and artist talks for over 30 years. In 2018, the Collective was reorganized into the incorporated charity, Public Access, under which the journal’s direction is managed by the Public Editorial Collective, and projects by Public Projects.

    PUBLIC is an interdisciplinary journal with a core focus on visual art. It strives to be an accessible, smart and beautiful journal about art with the timeliness and visual interest of a magazine, but the longevity of a book. PUBLIC maintains an enduring and esteemed profile in the periodicals market with its demonstrated commitment to publishing works, both written and visual, that are innovative and challenging, forward-thinking and critical, and engage both internationally and locally inflected perspectives.

  • Tangled Art + Disability

    401 Richmond Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada

    Tangled Art + Disability is boldly redefining how the world experiences art and those who create it. We are a not for profit art + disability organization dedicated to connecting professional and emerging artists, the arts community and a diverse public through creative passion and artistic excellence. Our mandate is to support Deaf, Mad and disability-identified artists, to cultivate Deaf, Mad and disability arts in Canada, and to enhance access to the arts for artists and audiences of all abilities.