Tangled Art Gallery Launch

Tangled Art + Disability launches Tangled Art Gallery
Canada’s new art gallery dedicated to showcasing disability art and advancing accessible curatorial practices.

TAG opens with Constructed Identities, a show of new work by Persimmon Blackbridge, on exhibit May 4-July 6, 2016.

Press Preview: April 28, 7:00-9:00 pm
Previews: April 28-May 3, 2016, by appointment
Opening Reception: May 4, 7:00-9:00 pm
Artist Talk: May 2, 2:00-4:00 pm
Address: S-122, 401 Richmond St. W, Toronto, ON M5V 3A8

TORONTO, ON – Tangled Art Gallery (TAG), a unique new exhibition space dedicated to showcasing disability arts and advancing accessible curatorial practices opens this spring in Toronto’s iconic arts building – 401 Richmond. Constructed Identities, a major show of new work by Canadian artist Persimmon Blackbridge, will be the first exhibit in TAG.

For the past 15 years, Tangled Art + Disability has been cultivating disability arts across the country by developing artists, exhibiting disability art in Toronto, and touring disability art across Ontario. Tangled is now opening an art gallery that will showcase the best of Canadian disability art and advance accessible curatorial practices in exciting, innovative ways. TAG audiences can expect to engage with art that reshapes understandings of disability, encounter disability artists who invigorate the art world, and interact with inclusive technologies that reimagine how we experience art.

“By centring audiences with disabilities, TAG creates more innovative and interactive ways of engaging with art for everyone”, says Tangled Artistic Director, Eliza Chandler. “For example, being invited to engage with a ‘visual art’ exhibit through touch makes the exhibit accessible. At the same time, this enhances the artistic engagement for all audiences accustomed to a pane of glass separating them from the work.

Constructed Identities, TAG’s opening exhibition by Persimmon Blackbridge, is a broad collection of small sculptural works created from wood, metal, and found objects, representing disability and bodily difference, as well as race and gender difference, as essential to the aesthetics of bodily forms. Blackbridge’s extensive body of work focuses on the intersections between queer, disability and mad identities. Constructed Identities will be an inclusive artistic experience with all work hung at an accessible level, featuring an audio description track of each piece as well as tactile art – created for the audience to engage with through touch.

“The arts landscape is changing,” says Chandler, “And accessibility is a key factor in that change. Making arts and cultural spaces accessible to artists and audiences with disabilities is an essential move to stay relevant in today’s arts scene and TAG is leading that change.”

Tangled 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. Tangled’s inclusive programming and expertise inspire curiosity, help untap potential, and transform the expected into the unexpected.

TAG is a disability art gallery dedicated to advancing accessible programming and curatorial practices. TAG offers programming throughout the year and is proud to be barrier-free, costfree, and open to the public.

TAG is located in studio 122, main floor of the 401 Richmond Building at Spadina and Richmond Street West. Our hours are 11:00-6:00 pm, Tuesdays-Fridays.

Interviews can be arranged with Tangled’s Artistic Director, Eliza Chandler, and artist Persimmon Blackbridge by appointment from April 28th to May 4th .

For images, interviews or more information, please contact:

Sean Lee
P: 647 725 5064
E: info@tangledarts.org

Website: tangledarts.org
Facebook: Tangled Art + Disability