Residency Program

Sean Lee: 2017 Curator in Residence

A portrait of a queer disabled Asian man speaking on a microphone. His eyes are focused on something beyond the camera and he is gesturing as he speaks. His hair is an asymmetrical blunt bowlcut and he is dressed in a black dress. Behind him, a large pink and orange gradient screen is projected to the wall with multiple silver spheres dotted on the image. The number 44 and a mouse can also be seen.

Sean Lee is a part of a new generation of artists, curators and arts leaders bringing fresh perspectives to the contemporary art field. An artist working in performance art and performance for the camera, his creative practice has evolved to fit the realities of navigating performance using the body as a medium, and the inevitable conclusions drawn surrounding his identity as a queer, Asian and disabled artist.

Culminating this curatorial residency, Lee will develop a unique catalogue focused on the 2017 summer project – MIXER – produced by Creative Users in partnership with Tangled Art + Disability at Tangled Art Gallery.  The catalogue highlights five disability identified artists within Toronto’s Black, Indigenous, and people of colour communities who were part of the experimental collaborative process within MIXER.

“When I was given the opportunity to shape a curatorial-residency, my first thought was that I needed to create a catalogue to document the incredible work that is currently being produced at Tangled. For me, MIXER is the perfect place to begin for the ways it highlights the gap in which the narrative of disability has often been presented in a silo. We must remember that it is when we explore the complexities of our lived experiences that we can truly imagine a space that enables us to feel we belong and are represented.”  – Sean Lee

This curatorial residency is made possible with support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council’s Access and Career Development program.

Gloria Swain: 2016 Artist in Residence

Tangled Art + Disability announces Gloria Swain as the 2016 Sharon Wolfe Artist in Residence.

Toronto, ON: Tangled Art + Disability (Tangled) is pleased to announce Gloria Swain as the 2016 Sharon Wolfe Artist in Residence (SWAIR). Swain is a multidisciplinary artist (painting, photography, poetry, installation) and community arts facilitator. As a Black woman living with mental health issues, Swain uses her art to explore mental health and intergenerational trauma, creating dialogue to help remove the stigma.

Swain is currently completing her Masters in Environmental Studies at York University. She holds a Certificate in Community Arts Practice from York University and is a recipient of the York University Robert J. Tiffin Student Leadership Award. Swain’s work has shown at the Toronto Gladstone Hotel for Viva Creatividad and York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies’ Crossroads Gallery. She is also a recipient of the Canadian International Black Women’s 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada.

“Swain has a rich history of community arts practices, working particularly with women and trans people,” says Tangled’s Artistic Director, Eliza Chandler. “We are excited for the unfolding of Swain’s residency project, LOUD, which will offer bold representations of life as an aging woman of colour living with a mental disability.”

Now in its fourth year, this ground breaking residency gives professional artists from the disability community an opportunity to devote themselves entirely to a specific program of work, while also contributing to a larger dialogue and sense of engagement with the wider communities of both arts and disability in Toronto. It was launched with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and is currently funded through individual donations.

Of embarking on her new residency, Swain says, “It is an amazing honour and opportunity to be chosen as the Artist in Residence. I can hardly wait to collaborate with Tangled to bring to life conversations about mental health.”

For more information and interviews, please contact: Eliza Chandler at Tangled Art + Disability, eliza@tangledarts.org or 647-725-5064


2015 Sharon Wolfe Artist in Residence – mel g. campbell

Now in its third year, the Sharon Wolfe Artist in Residence program provides an artist from the disability community with the time, space, and resources to pursue a creative project of their choice.

Tangled Art + Disability is pleased to announce mel g. campbell as the 2014-15 Sharon Wolfe Artist in Residence (SWAIR). campbell is a Black, queer, chronically ill and disabled artist, performer and award winning writer and poet working in Toronto.

campbell’s project Point of Origin will combine poetry, textile art and quilting to produce multi-textile collages. The works will explore themes of pain and chronic illness, anti-Black violence and Black Excellence, ancestry and legacy and home and belongingness.

“It is an honour to be chosen as the Artist in Residence for the upcoming season. I look forward to growing and broadening my career, and collaborating with Tangled to deepen the conversation surrounding chronically ill and disabled artists in Toronto and beyond.”, says campbell of the opportunity.