Art Opening followed by Poetry Night Sunday Sept 18th 6-8pm Pattes de Mouche Gallery Grand Barachois NB
This summer I took part in Inspire Mural Training where I made a group mural in Shediac
I was invited to speak on a few panels with STEPS Public Art, Sappy Festival and Third Shift Festival
I did an artist residency at the Fredericton Arts Alliance and The Fredericton Botanic Gardens where I was able to do some installations
I took part in the Sync Leadership Training as well as the Craft Hub Training. I took some courses in audio description as well.
I did an interview with CHSR, CBC Information Morning, Access Radio as well as Grid City Magazine.
I received the Jane Leblanc Visual Arts Award as well as Arts NB Artist in Residence Grant where I am doing a 7 months residency with the NB Coalition of Persons with Disabilities where I am serving as a resource person in the art sector. I have been and still hosting creativity talks every last Sunday of the Month ending in November of 2022.
I did a show at Struts Gallery with their Living is Easy Project where I experimented with installation art
I did a few shows with Harm to Harmony Forget Me Not event in Spooner Island, a show at Sunbury Shores in Saint Andrews, a show at the UNB Fredericton Provincial Archives. I also showed at the Playhouse with the Fredericton Arts Society and at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre with the Connexion Members Show and the SJ Market with the Third Space Members Show. Also the Hidden Treasures Show I created with the NB Disability Art Collective was shown at the National Access Art Gallery in Alberta as well as Vocal Eye Almost Live Show.
I have some new business cards made. Took a series of workshops in curation, in enabling change, in anti-oppression and anti-racism
I have been working with my mentor/creative enabler on the Illuminate Festival, Nocturne and Bluenose Festival
About the NB Disability Art Collective
Formed in 2021 by visually impaired visual artist Ysabelle Vautour the NB Disability Art Collective is a disability lead group of New Brunswick artists with lived experience of disability interested in Disability Arts and advocating for accessibility in the arts sector.
New Brunswick has the 2nd largest population of persons with disabilities in Canada around 26% of the population of NB. It is the largest minority group where anyone of us can become a member of it at any time.
What is Disability Arts?
Encyclopedia Britannica says “Disability art, any creative work that explores a disability experience, either in content or in form. Although the term disability art is sometimes restricted to artwork that is intended primarily for audiences with disabilities, many disabled artists create work that is intended for audiences that include both disabled and non-disabled people. Occasionally the term is used to refer to any artwork created by a disabled person, whether referencing disability or not, but that usage is uncommon among members of the disability community. A primary function of disability art has been to articulate for the disability community as well as for the mainstream what disability means—politically, personally, and aesthetically.”
The Canada Council for the Arts defines it as “Disability arts are created by people with disabilities or with mental illness. This includes artistic practices and processes grounded in ensuring that the lived experiences and identities of disabled people are conveyed, explored or represented. This typically means that disabled artists are directors, creators or main contributors to the artistic process.”
This is what the founder had to say about the collective
“I believe that accessibility requires innovation and who better to lead the charge than artists with lived experience of course! As the slogan says “Nothing about us without us”. In my disability studies, I found it very helpful to learn about things like disability pride, the social model of disability and the disability rights movement.
I wanted a place where local New Brunswick artists experiencing disability can connect and share resources with each other on how we can make our own and other’s artwork more accessible. I want to start a dialogue where we can identify the barriers in terms of accessing the arts. Art is one form of communication where we can explore complex ideas like ablism or inclusion.”
The featured artists for the collective first Showcase at the Fredericton Playhouse January 11th- February 28, 2022, are Cassandra Mazariegos, Kyra Goguen, Laurianne Vautour, Ryan Annett and Ysabelle Vautour To learn more or get a digital copy visit http://www.creatingaccess.org