Let’s Talk Art Workshop Series

Neighbourhood Arts Network and RBC Foundation present a free 3-part 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.

How to Crip the Arts 1
November 19, 2019, 6-9 p.m.
Tangled Art & Disability , 401 Richmond St.

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. 

Facilitators:

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.

Neighbourhood Arts Network is committed to providing as accessible an environment as possible for all our events. If you require accessibility services to attend this event, please email norma@torontoarts.org by October 28 specifying what services you need (i.e. ASL, captioning, care attendants, note-taking).

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How to Crip the Arts 2
November 26, 2019, 6-9 p.m.
Tangled Art & Disability, 401 Richmond St.

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. 

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.

Neighbourhood Arts Network is committed to providing as accessible an environment as possible for all our events. If you require accessibility services to attend this event, please email norma@torontoarts.org by October 28 specifying what services you need (i.e. ASL, captioning, care attendants, note-taking).


Tangled Art & Disability is 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. Their 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.

Tangled Art Gallery is in a barrier-free location. Service animals are welcome. We request that you help us to make this a scent-free environment.