Tangled highlights art and disability
Gallery will be dedicated to exhibiting disabled artists
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.