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Happy Holidays

Tangled Art + Disability would like to wish you a happy holiday season. We’ll be taking the next few weeks off to rest, and we hope you’re able to find moments of rest as well.

Our office will close on December 18, 2021 and will reopen on January 10, 2022. We won’t be responding to emails or social media messages during this time. We look forward to welcoming you back with our upcoming exhibits #CripRitual and BEING Home on January 21, 2022.


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Disability Access Award

Our team was so honoured to receive the Disability Access Award during the City of Toronto’s Access, Equity & Human Rights Awards last week. We couldn’t do what we do without the support and innovation of our community. Access is love, and you remind us of that every day. Thank you.

You can access the recording of the award ceremony here. It is captioned and has ASL interpretation.


January 21 – April 1, 2022.

Disabled, crip, d/Deaf, Mad, and Sick people face a lot of barriers and stigma. One way that we deal with these barriers is through rituals. Rituals can be things that we do to create accessibility, mark important moments, or to be in community with others who have similar experiences. We chose some art to be part of a show called #CripRitual. The art is by disabled artists. The artwork is about rituals, things we do all the time, or with special purpose, to make life more accessible for ourselves and other people we care for.

Read More About #CripRitual

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January 21 – April 1, 2022.

In March of 2020 BEING Studio came together online to continue to connect and create during Ontario’s first lockdown. Artists and facilitators met on video calls to connect, create and share artwork. In this online space, bedrooms transformed into stages, kitchen tables became studios, household items became art supplies, and family transformed into creative assistants. This online space developed its own culture. A culture marked by rituals of greeting, celebration, care, creation and recognition. These rituals have been a way to expand a shared culture of access, self-determination, and interdependence. Today, we continue to meet online to form accessible spaces for exchange, exploration and connection.

Read More About BEING Home

an installation shot of "Zaagi'idiwin" by Jaene F. Castrillon. Light shines from behind colourful hanging ribbons. 


Indigenous nations from across the globe have been at the forefront for the protection of our environment, our giver of life. With the wonders of our environment and the ability we carry to reshape our future with our own hands fully on display, Sagatay (New Beginnings) calls us to action to protect and fight for the future of our planet’s well being: to come back to our base teachings of love and respect, paying respect to the land and the place we call home. Especially critical at this time due to the urgency in our climate crisis, these installations are altars of reverence for their respective elements of Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water.

Read More About Sagatay

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Reopening Announcement

Tangled Art Gallery is excited to welcome visitors back to our gallery! We’ll be reopening on September 17th with our new exhibit, Undeliverable. 

We’ve also introduced new safety protocols to keep our community as safe as possible. Please review our updated Visitor Guide to find out about our COVID-19 policies. We are not open for drop-in gallery visits at this time. You can use our Calendly booking system to schedule an in-person or virtual tour, facilitated by a Tangled staff member or volunteer over Zoom. Our new hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 12:00 to 5:00 PM

Undeliverable is showing at Tangled Art + Disability from September 17 to October 29, 2021, and at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery from September 18, 2021 to February 13, 2022.

Curated by artist Carmen Papalia and co-presented by The Robert McLaughlin Gallery and Tangled Art + Disability, Undeliverable envisions curation as a form of care.

Bringing together six artists from the Mad, Deaf and disability community: Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Chandra Melting Tallow, Jessica Karuhanga, jes sachse, Aislinn Thomas, and Carmen Papalia with Heather Kai-Smith, this exhibition re-envisions the museum around the demands and desires of the disabled body/mind and features ambitious new work that challenges institutional structures and centres mutual accountability.

Learn more about Undeliverable, or book a tour on our Calendly page. Tours are available both in-person and virtually over Zoom.

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Frictions of Futurity in Transplant Medicine

The Frictions of Futurity in Transplant Medicine project invites disabled, crip, d/Deaf, Mad, Sick, and chronically ill artists to submit proposals for new commissioned works on the theme of futurity, curative imaginaries, and solid organ transplantation. We are especially interested in proposals from transplant recipients or their support persons.

The first residency is from November 1, 2021 – April 30, 2022. Applications for the first residency are due October 15, 2021. The second residency is from May 1, 2022 – October 31, 2022. Applications for the second residency are due April 4, 2022.

Read more about Frictions of Futurity.

The Ontario Art Council Exhibition Assistance Grant and Theatre Creators Reserve Grant are now open. The application deadline for both grants is January 14, 2022, at 1 pm EST.

Each year, Tangled participates in the OAC’s Grant Recommender Program between June and January. The Exhibition Assistance program provides grants ranging from $500 to $2000 to assist artists with costs related to presenting their work in a confirmed, upcoming exhibition.

This program is open to Ontario-based professional visual artists, craft artists, media artists, and artist collectives who have a confirmed, upcoming public exhibition. Tangled only accepts applications from artists who identify as Disabled, Deaf, or Mad.

Learn more about the OAC Recommender Grants.

claude wittmann was the recipient of the 2021 Won Lee Fellowship. We are please to highlight and support his important work on “survival art”.

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We are thrilled to announce that the winner of the 2021 Won Lee Fellowship is claude wittmann.

Each year, the Won Lee Fellowship recognizes a hard-working artist from the Deaf, Mad, and/or Disability-identified communities.

claude wittmann’s activist art practice explores access to housing, long-term community and survival. You can find out more about his practice at claudewittmann.ca. Congratulations, claude!


The Won Lee Fellowship is a $1,000 cash award designed to support a hard-working artist who identifies as Deaf, Mad, or Disabled. 
This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our disability-led team did not have capacity to take on the administrative tasks associated with a full application and jurying process. After careful consideration, the Tangled staff each nominated an artist and together chose a recipient for the award. We will announce the winner of the award soon.The next Won Lee Fellowship award will function as it has in previous years: individuals will be able to nominate themselves or others. Starting again this summer of 2021, Tangled will once again be accepting nominations for the Fellowship. We’re excited to be able to offer the next round of applications this summer, and look forward to considering your applications. More information on how to apply will be shared here when nominations open.
The Won Lee Fellowship is an annual award generously provided by Won Lee, and distributed by Tangled Art + Disability.


'Disability Justice must be rooted in the dismantling of white supremacy, anti-blackness, and colonialism. Any less cannot be considered true justice.' All caps, white text on a black background

Tangled Art + Disability and Disability Justice

Disability justice must be rooted in the dismantling of white supremacy, anti-blackness and colonialism. Any less cannot be considered true justice. Tangled Art + Disability has donated funds and is sharing resources for our community.


Tangled Art + Disability and Disability Justice 



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Tangled Art + Disability Response to COVID-19

In light of recent local and global developments with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tangled regrets to announce that we will be suspending gallery hours until further notice.

We do so with the intent to help mitigate the spread of the virus during this critical window of time. Our concern extends not only to our gallery visitors, but artists, curators, as well as Tangled team members.

Read our full Response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)


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Tangled Art + Disability Call for Board Members

Tangled Art + Disability is seeking Board of Directors members who will bring dedication and vision into our organization. We require persons with a variety of qualifications such as financial expertise, fundraising, donor relations, legal, policy development and human resources knowledge as well as familiarity with contemporary disability arts.

Tangled is strongly committed to equity within its communities and to recruiting diverse members of the Board from all backgrounds and experience. Tangled encourages applications from all qualified candidates including persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons, members of racialized communities and LGBTQIA2S-identified persons.

Read our full Board Call here 



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Disabled people have long been experts at staying at home, and getting creative with new ways to stay in community with one another. At the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown, many of us were wondering how we could maintain the sense of intimacy and connection that we get from gathering in crip arts spaces. Out of this desire, Crip Times was born: a new interview podcast series produced and hosted by Yousef Kadoura, Kayla Besse, and Kristina McMullin. Crip Times is a project of Bodies in Translation and Tangled Art + Disability and hosted on Drew Gurza’s Wheels on the Ground podcast network.

Click here for more information about Crip Times and to listen to our episodes


Access Activator Website LogoAccess Activator Website 

The Access Activator network started in 2015 as a partnership between Tangled, British Council, Bodies in Translation, supported by Canada Council for the Arts and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to bring the principles of Relaxed Performance to Canada. Over the past five years, we have hosted trainings and events across the country, building capacity for the production of accessible arts and culture. 

The Access Activator website offers informative videos, Relaxed Performance training materials, reports on Relaxed Performance, a community directory, and more.

View the Access Activator Website here 



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Through the art and science of ‘wonder-working’, Sagatay generates an immersive and participatory call to action to fight for the future of our planet’s well being. Animated through the respective artforms of 4 Indigenous Disabled artists, the 4 Elements of Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water meet at a juncture to story ceremony and sacred space for feeling and healing. Tobacco, Sage, Cedar and Sweetgrass work to resist the formalities of a gallery, giving way to living tableaus that tie together the 4 elemental installations.

Read More About Sagatay



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Tangled is proud to announce that the winner of the 2020 Won Lee Fellowship, recognizing hard-working artists from the Deaf, Mad, and Disability-identified communities, is Michel Dumont.

It’s a great honor to receive this award at such a competitive level even more taking in count how many other amazing artists were also considered. I feel particularly touched by the fact that Won Lee personally considered my work worthy of this award and would like to take this opportunity to extend my personal thanks to him.” – Michel Dumont

Learn More About Tangled’s Awards and Grants





This Access Guide is for people coming to Cripping the Arts on January 24th, 25th and 26th. Inside, you will find information about the space in which the symposium will be held and about other things you might want to know before coming to the event. Read and download the Access Guide 

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We are so happy to have you here at the second Cripping the Arts at Harbourfront Centre. We are gathered here as people who share in a belief that Deaf, Disability, and Mad arts and activism change not only how we understand difference, but how we create and experience arts and culture as well. Read and download the Program


Arts organizations need a strong core of dedicated volunteers to provide communities with cutting edge events, performances, and exhibits. Tangled Art + Disability is no exception! If you have a passion for disability arts and culture and are looking for an opportunity to develop your skills apply to join our Tangled volunteer team! » Learn more about volunteering


Your contribution will help to cultivate disability arts in Canada and support access to the arts for artists and audiences with disabilities. Tangled is a registered charitable organization. We provide charitable tax receipts for all donations. Please email [email protected] or call 647-725-5064 if you have any questions. » Learn more about donating

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