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Call for Art Submissions

Access art Queen's

[Description of image: Dark blue background with purple and blue flowers. Headline says in "Abstracts due October 28". Under this. "Are you an artist producing work that critically examines lived experiences of disability, disablism, and in/accessibility? Submit an abstract to have your work featured in an accessible art installation in Winter 2017! We are accepting works of all mediums." In smaller text, "Submit an abstract here: https://goo.gl/forms/AaUy6F2VyJdoBBOv2. For questions, please contact Charlotte and Emily at accessartqu [at] gmail [dot] com."]

Access Art Queen's is an initiative created in collaboration with the Queen's University Equity Office that aims to critically examine the in/accessibility of art while highlighting personal experiences of dis/ability, in/accessibility, and dis/ablism, as intersecting with other facets of identity through artistic mediums in accessible formats. We are looking for pieces and works to help us create a critical, anti-oppressive exhibit that reflects on disability as a social identity.

In moving from diversity to inclusion, we are seeking to gather artworks from various artists that are accessible via their multiplicity of mediums, including pieces that cater to different senses allowing different people to experience each in an individual format. These artworks will be displayed in an art installation in Winter 2017. Access Art Queen's works alongside the radical model of disability, understanding disability as not something inherently wrong with an individual. Instead, we view disability created by social oppression and marginalization, alongside physical and social barriers. Taking on this project through an anti-oppressive framework, this art installation seeks to destabilize privilege that is traditionally associated with experiencing art. We seek to utilize art as a technique of resistance to reimagine art as universally accessible. 

If you are interested, please submit an abstract by October 28th, 2016, at 4 PM. If you require a different format, please contact coordinators at accessartqu [at] gmail [dot] com.

We will be holding a launch event some time in February 2017, and will welcome any artists with submissions in the installation to attend and speak with individuals at the event. If cost is a concern, financial support will be available for travelling artists, as we wish to incite critical discussion and there is no better way than having the artists there to speak about their work.

If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas, please do not hesitate to the Coordinators by email.