Tangled Art + Disability
Inspired by the celebration and documentation of disability culture in Alice Wong’s Disability/Visibility, Tangled Art + Disability has brought together a collection of essays and interviews from staff, artists and community members: Kayla Besse, Yolanda Bonnell, Eliza Chandler, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Birdie Gerhl, Jack Hawk, Sean Lee, Kristina McMullin, L Morris, Carmen Papalia, Heidi Persaud, Cyn Rozeboom, Gloria C. Swain, and Francis Tomkins. From reflections on finding community to critiques of ableist normativity in the arts and culture sector, Access Anthology centres embodied knowledge of disability from an artistic, curatorial, and organizational methodology. These pieces offer both practical strategies towards changing environments, processes, and practices, while celebrating the momentum of the disability arts movement.
Copies of Access Anthology are currently available at Gallery TPW for free or pay-what-you-can donation. Suggested donations are $10-$20 and can be made here.
Download a screen reader-friendly PDF of Access Anthology here.
Access Anthology was commissioned by Gallery TPW.
Publication Launch and Workshop
Held concurrently with we are what we care for, a symposium by Gallery TPW.
Thursday, July 6, 2023 at 4pm
Join Tangled Art and Gallery TPW for the publication launch of the Access Anthology, a collection of essays and interviews from staff, artists and community members sharing reflections, critiques, and embodied knowledge of disability from an artistic, curatorial, and organizational methodology. The launch will centre on a roundtable workshop discussing Access Riders and how arts organizations might take up this exercise. A "rider" is a document that sets forth specific requirements for the success of an artist and host relationship, and is often added to an existing contract. Tangled has been exploring the use of an "access rider" as a method for articulating one's access needs. This roundtable discussion will take us through the experience of creating an access rider. How can artist-run centres that are typically stretched thin and working above capacity create better boundaries that support artist workers and create a more sustainable ecology? How can access riders articulate a disability-justice oriented change in artist-run culture? Join Tangled staff in discussion exploring these themes and their own experiences of crafting access riders.
This workshop will have live ASL interpretation available.
Tangled Art + Disability is dedicated to connecting professional and emerging artists, the arts community, and a diverse public through creative passion and artistic excellence. Our mission is to support Disabled, d/Deaf, chronically ill, neurodiverse, k/crip, Mad, sick & spoonie artists; to cultivate Disability Arts in Canada; and to increase opportunities for everyone to participate in the arts.