Call for Submissions

Upcoming Submission Deadlines



Rolling deadline between August 15 – December 15, 2016

Past Calls



*The Deadline for the Theatre Creators Reserve Grant has passed*


*The Deadline for Sharon Wolfe Artist in Residence applications has passed*

The Sharon Wolfe Artist in Residence Program facilitates a disability and/or mad-identified artist to undertake a project that advances their own artistic goals and practice, and which has the potential to benefit the wider community of artists with disabilities.

For the last 13 years, Tangled has been presenting and promoting the work of exceptionally talented disability-identified artists across the entire spectrum of disciplines. The Sharon Wolfe Artist in Residence Program allows us to take this mandate a step further. And, while funding poses a significant challenge for all artists, people with disabilities encounter a host of additional institutional and bureaucratic barriers.

Named in honour of the organization’s founding Artistic Director Sharon Wolfe, The Sharon Wolfe Artist in Residence Program provide artists with a $5000 stipend, as well as access to a shared studio space at the prestigious 401 Richmond art space for up to 2 months to allow an artist to devote themselves to a specific program of work. The body of work produced during this residency will be publicly exhibited. During their residency, the selected artist will also be contributing to a larger dialogue and sense of engagement with both the Tangled community and the wider community of disability artists.


  • The Sharon Wolfe Artist in Residence Program is intended to benefit disability and/or mad identified artists who have completed basic education or training in their discipline and can demonstrate a history of professional practice and exposure.
  • The residency is open to artists who have a clearly defined project that they wish to undertake during this residency.
  • The residency is open to Canadian citizens or landed immigrants. They need not be residents of Toronto, but they must be prepared to spend at least one month of their residency in Toronto at their own expense. Tangled will provide assistance in locating appropriate, accessible accommodation in the city.

Applications must include:

  • A professional cv;
  • A 2-3 page (max) description of the intended project indicating the connection to the artists developing body of work and the potential benefit to the larger Disability Arts community;
  • A schedule and time-line for the project;
  • A budget indicating how the funds would be spent: i.e. subsistence, travel, materials, equipment, and accommodation.
  • Applicants are also welcome to include support materials documenting their work.

Applications will be assessed on the basis of:

  • Artistic merit;
  • Relevance to the applicant’s professional advancement;
  • The viability of the proposed program of work and budget; and
  • Overall value to the field of Disability Arts and its community at large.

Applications will be accepted between August 10 and September 15, 2015. Applicants will be notified about the jury’s decision by the beginning of October 2015. Questions about this residency can be directed to Eliza Chandler at or 647-725-5064.

Completed applications should be sent to:


*The Deadline for Cripping the Arts Symposium applications has passed*

Tangled Art + Disability presents Cripping the Arts, a three-day symposium from April 28-30th 2016, which seeks to advance Deaf and Disability arts in Canada by addressing the question: How do Deaf, disabled, and Mad people access the arts both as audience members and creators?

Cripping the Arts will bring together artists, academics, curators, arts council officers, and community members invested in Deaf and Disability Arts and culture. This symposium will be organized around two main themes—Accessible arts practices and Deaf and Disability aesthetics— and will cumulate with summary notes offered by a symposium discussant.

Each day of the symposium will open with a keynote address followed by a series of roundtable discussions organized around the theme of the day. Each roundtable will be led by an expert in the field (artists, academics, curators, arts council officers, etc.) and the discussion will be open for everyone to participate in.

Day One:

Accessibility and the Arts will be centred on discussions of innovative best practices of accessibility in the arts in ways that are both useful and integral to the aesthetics of the artwork and exhibition spaces by addressing the following questions:

  • What do we need to ensure that art-making is accessible at every stage, from accessing art schools and training programs, art studios, and rehearsal studios, to adaptive technologies for art making?
  • What do we need to make exhibiting artwork accessible at every stage, from making sure that Deaf and Disability Arts is accessible to curators and directors, to ensuring that exhibition spaces, like galleries, theatres, and dance studios are physically accessible, to allowing exhibiting and performing artists to make a living wage by accessing artist fees and arts funding in such a way that does not compromise other sources of income, such as wages earned through the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and similar provincial disability support programs?
  • How can arts organizations and arts councils work together to change the policy that prohibits people who use ODSP from earning extra wages, e.g.: artist fees, selling artwork, and arts funding?
  • How can we make experiencing art accessible and inclusive, exploring different methods and technologies for providing tactile experiences of visual arts, to audio description of visual art, film, and live performances, to sub and sur-titles? How can we ensure that these elements are effective while, at the same time integral to, rather than distracting from, aesthetics?

Day One will open with a keynote address by founder and Artistic Director of DaDaFest Ruth Gould.

Day Two:

Deaf and Disability Aesthetics will centre on discussions around emerging Deaf and Disability aesthetics in Ontario by addressing the following questions:

  • How can we record and honour the development of Deaf, Disability, and Mad Arts across Canada? For example, what would a textbook or anthology chronicling Deaf, Disability, and Mad Arts in Canada include?
  • What are Deaf, Disability, and Mad Arts aesthetics? How are these aesthetics developing regionally and according to discipline across Canada?
  • How do Deaf, Disability, and Mad arts contribute to and change understandings aesthetics?
  • How do we curate Deaf, Disability, and Mad aesthetics?
  • How do Deaf, Disability, and Mad Arts and aesthetics contribute to disability rights and justice movements?
  • What is the difference between Deaf, Disability, and Mad Arts and art made by Deaf disabled and Mad people?
  • What policies, accommodations, and structural support need to be in place to allow Deaf, disabled, and Mad people to make art and contribute to these emerging aesthetics?

The keynote speaker for Day Two will be announced.

Day Three:

Community Brainstorm will be a half-day gathering of all conference participants to discuss the necessities to be included in a Cripping the Arts Accessibility Toolkit, a resource guide providing guidelines for how to make galleries and other arts spaces (theatres, dance studios, etc.) accessible in a way that is integral to the aesthetics of the artwork and the exhibition space.

A symposium discussant will open Day Three with their notes, thoughts, and questions on the symposium’s discussions and keynote addresses.

This symposium will coincide with a major exhibition of new work by Persimmon Blackbridge, Constructed Identities, presented by Tangled Arts.

How to apply:

To apply to lead a roundtable discussion:
If you would like to lead a roundtable discussion on one of the topics or questions identified above, please send a brief statement telling us who you are, the topic of the roundtable you would like to lead, and some questions that you would pose to get the conversation going.

To apply to participate in the symposium:
If you would like to attend the symposium as a participant, please send a brief statement describing who you are and what you hope to get out of the symposium.

For questions about the symposium and/or the application process, please contact Eliza at or 647-725-5064.

Symposium Details:
When: April 28-30, 2016
Where: Ryerson University, Downtown Toronto (exact location: TBA)
Cost: Free for Deaf, Mad, and disabled people, attendants/PSWs, under-waged/non-waged people. $100.00 for everyone else.
Accessibility: The symposium will take place in a barrier-free location near barrier-free transit. ASL interpretation and attendant care provided. We request that you assist us in making this a scent-free space. For accessibility needs and other accessibility accommodations, contact Eliza by March 15, 2016 (, 647-725-5064).

Tangled gratefully acknowledges the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Media Development Corporation, and The School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University as the main sponsors of this symposium.


From October 2015 to March 2016, Tangled Art + Disability will host 8 free professional development workshops to a group of disability identified artists, who are interested in better navigating their place in the arts sector. Each lab provides activities, informative resources and general outcomes lead by experienced mentors.

The workshop series is designed for artists to effectively communicate their artistic practice, build and share knowledge about arts communities and disciplines, connect with peers and learn about opportunities that will help strengthen them as professional artists.

*The Deadline for the 2015 Arts Mechanics Lab has passed, look out for the 2016 call!*

For further questions contact Arts Mechanics Lab coordinator Jeremiah Bach at or 647 725 5064