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News Release - Access Art Queen’s to host installation launch event at the Isabel

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

KINGSTON – Access Art Queen’s will host the launch of a new art installation at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, April 5, from 5-7:30 pm. The installation, which seeks to destabilize privilege traditionally associated with experiencing art, is a collaboration between Queen’s students Emily Osborne and Charlotte Johnston and the university’s Equity Office.

“The submitted pieces and works serve to help us create a critical, anti-oppressive piece that reflects on disability as a social identity,” explains Ms. Osborne. “In moving from diversity towards inclusion, we gathered 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.”

The event will feature will performance pieces, keynote speaker Lynx Sainte-Marie, a light dinner from Old Farm Fine Foods, and access to the new exhibit. The installation will be in place from April 5-13 in the Art and Media Lab of the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts as a part of the Isabel’s Human Rights Arts Festival.

The objective of the installation is to critically examine the accessibility – or lack thereof – of art, while highlighting personal experiences of disability, accessibility, and disablism, as intersecting with other facets of identity. The group works alongside the radical model of disability – which understands disability as being created by social oppression and marginalization, alongside physical and social barriers.

“In thinking of art as a representation of privilege in contemporary society in order to think critically about how art is perceived and experienced universally, we seek to alternatively utilize art as a technique of resistance to reimagine art as universally accessible,” says Ms. Osborne.

For more information on the Access Art Queen’s installation, please visit the website.


Chris Armes
Communications Officer, Media Relations
613-533-6000 x77513