Tan­gled high­lights art and dis­abil­ity

Gallery will be ded­i­cated to ex­hibit­ing dis­abled artists

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The country’s first art gallery ded­i­cated to artists liv­ing with dis­abil­ity is set to open in Toronto this spring.

Tan­gled Art Gallery (TAG) will soon open its doors at 401 Rich­mond St. in down­town Toronto. The gallery is an off­shoot of Tan­gled Art + Dis­abil­ity, a project that’s been stag­ing tem­po­rary art ex­hibits by dis­abled peo­ple for the past 15 years.

“There isn’t re­ally a per­ma­nent space to see amaz­ing work by dis­abled peo­ple any­where,” said the project’s artis­tic di­rec­tor, El­iza Chan­dler. “We re­ally wanted the com­mu­nity to find a proper place to en­gage with in­cred­i­ble art that’s pro­duced by peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.”

The gallery is also a way to pro­mote ac­ces­si­ble cu­ra­to­rial prac­tices. Vis­i­tors will be able to ex­pe­ri­ence the ex­hibits through touch and au­dio de­scrip­tion, so that it’s not only left to the “fully-sighted to en­joy artis­tic cre­ation,” Chan­dler said.

Chan­dler hopes the gallery can re­shape peo­ple’s un­der­stand­ing of dis­abil­ity and show them how to en­joy art in a new way.

The open­ing ex­hi­bi­tion, Con­structed Iden­ti­ties, opens May 4 and fea­tures work by Cana­dian artist Per­sim­mon Black­bridge. Her small sculp­tures made from wood and metal and rep­re­sent dif­fer­ent forms of dis­abil­ity, race and gen­der. Pan­els of dolls from Con­structed Iden­ti­ties by Per­sim­mon Black­bridge.

Cour­tesy Della MCCreaDy

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