An oval-shaped copperleaf that is green with white jagged edges. Printed in the leaf's chlorophyll, in pale green, is a self-portrait of Megan, who is looking off to the side.
A self-portrait, from Megan's chlorophyll print series. Image description: An oval-shaped copperleaf that is green with white jagged edges. Printed in the leaf's chlorophyll, in pale green, is a self-portrait of Megan, who is looking off to the side.

Megan Bent

Megan Bent is a New England-based artist and teaching artist. She received her MFA and Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in 2012. She received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts, NY, in 2004. Through photography, she explores disability culture and identity.

Her artwork has been exhibited widely across the United States in exhibitions at The Vera Project, in Seattle, WA, The East Hawaiian Cultural Center/HMOCA in Hilo, Hawai’i, Flux Factory in Long Island City, NY, El Museo Cultural, Santa Fe, NM, The Foster Gallery, in Dedham MA, Soho Photo Gallery in Tribeca, NY, and the Austin Central Library Gallery in Austin, TX.

She has been an artist in residence at the Nobles School in Dedham, MA and at the Honolulu Museum of Art, HI. She has presented her work at The Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity in Honolulu, HI, at Other Bodies: (Self) Representation, Disability and the Media at the University of Westminster in London, U.K., and at Critical Junctures at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

Recent work

Press

Art form
Visual Arts
Photography
Installation
Film

Community
Disabled
Feminist

Location
West Hartford, CT, USA

Light blue embroidery on a brown textile with sketches of plants, birds, lights, arrows, and cooking supplies. A cream coloured embroidery hoop frames the work.
A photo of light blue embroidery on a brown textile with sketches of plants, birds, lights, arrows, and cooking supplies. A cream coloured embroidery hoop frames the work.

Regan Shrumm

Regan Shrumm is a queer and disabled artist, writer, and curator. Shrumm has lived as an uninvited settler on the traditional and unceded Lekwungen and WSANEC territory (Victoria, BC) for the past ten years. Shrumm creates arts and arts programming that centres arts on every level and aspect of society, as the arts allows us to understand, complicate, and contradict truths about human experiences. They create projects and programming that gives more people access to arts and to show them how the arts overlap with health and wellness, education, social services, social justice, and civic advocacy.

Art form
Visual Arts
Textiles
Community-based

Community
Disabled
Mad
Neurodiverse
Fat
Survivor
Queer
Feminist

Location
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Sage is smirking and sitting in front of their laptop. Behind them, there is a hint of a crescent moon. They are wearing a mesh top with a blue/purple crystal necklace. Their reddish brown hair is in two ponytails.
Image description: Sage is smirking and sitting in front of their laptop. Behind them, there is a hint of a crescent moon. They are wearing a mesh top with a blue/purple crystal necklace. Their reddish brown hair is in two ponytails. Photo credit: Alice Lo.

Sage Lovell

Mx Sage Lovell is a queer nonbinary femme artist, educator, and writer. They attended Gallaudet University where their experiences made them realize that Deaf Accessibility was twenty years behind in Canada. They returned to their roots and focused on advocacy which led them into creating art as political statements. Since then, they’ve been working closely with various communities, developing meaningful work that continues to evolve; incorporating media, language, theatre, and accessibility into art. These multitudes of experiences led Sage to establish Deaf Spectrum, where the focus is on promoting the accessible usage of American Sign Language (ASL).

Art form
Visual Arts
Painting
Performance Art
Spoken Word
Film
Theatre

Community
Mad
Fat
LGBTQ2SIA+
Queer
Feminist

Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

A photo of David Bobier.
A photo of David Bobier dressed in black, with white hair, gesturing outwardly with his hands. The lighting highlights his face and the space in front of him, exposing four flat trays of water to his left on the floor showing different vibrational patterns.

David Bobier

As a hard of hearing and disabled media artist David Bobier’s creative practice is centred on researching and expanding vibrotactile technology and multi-sensory artistic modalities as creative mediums. He is the Founder and Director of VibraFusionLab (VFL) that aims to provide access to inclusive technologies for supporting greater accessibility in the arts. In his work he investigates multi-sensory artistic modalities in the creation and presentation of art by and for people of all abilities and explores broader applications of the sensory interpretation and emotionality of sound and vibration in art making practices and in audience experiences. VibraFusionLab has gained a reputation as a leader in the Deaf and Disability Arts movement in Canada and internationally.

He is a member of the Board of Media Arts Ontario, Founder and Co-Chair of Inclusive Arts London and Founder and Board Member of London Ontario Media Arts Association.

His work has been recognized with funding from Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, New Brunswick Arts Council, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Ontario Centres of Excellence, Grand NCE and British Council Canada.

His artistic practice has been acknowledged nationally and internationally in 16 solo exhibitions and over 30 group exhibitions. Bobier has served in advisory roles in developing Deaf and Disability Arts Equity programs for Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

Recent work

  • Presented 13 new vibrotactile interactive installations for “body language: Dani Crosby and David Bobier” 2019

Art form
Visual Arts
Sculpture
Music
Sound Art
Installation
Performance Art
Theatre
Dance

Community
Disabled
Deaf
Mad

Location
London, Ontario

Organizational Affiliation

  • VibraFusionLab
  • o’honey collective
  • Inclusive Arts London
  • London Ontario Media Arts Association
  • Media Arts Network Ontario

Exhibitions

  • “body language: Dani Crosby and David Bobier.” Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON (October 2019 – January 2020)
  • “VibraFusionLab: Bridging Practices In Accessibility, Art and Communication,” Guelph Civic Museum, Guelph, ON. Curated by David Bobier.
  • ‘Outliers On Tour,’ Tangled Art Gallery. Collaborative work with Christine Negus, Toronto.
  • “The Other Abilities,” BROEDPLAATS LELY, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • “VIBE: transforming ableism through the arts,” Curated exhibition.
  • “Vibes”, 4th Space, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec. Together 2012, London, UK and VibraFusionLab. Curated by Samuel Thulin and David Bobier.
  • “Other Energies,” Holding Patterns, ArtSpin. A collaborative installation with Mitchell Akiyama. Toronto, ON.
  • “Hear, See, Feel, What,” a collaboration between VibraFusionLab and Centre3, Hamilton featuring Disabled and abled artists. The project was presented in both London and Hamilton simultaneously.
Screenshot from video of "The Gift" performance. Linnea Gwiazda and Maxine Segalowitz are pictured.
Screenshot from "The Gift," a video that explores the non medical effects of heart transplantation in recipients. Linnea Gwiazda and Maxine Segalowitz are pictured. They are kneeling and embracing. The floor and background are completely black. Photo: David Romero.

Ingrid Bachmann

Ingrid Bachmann is a Montreal artist who works in multiple formats including kinetic and interactive sculptures and installations, drawing, sound and video. She works with all levels of technology from redundant to relatively state-of–the-art digital media. Her work is less about creating new things but working with things that already exist in the world – people, places, animals, things, ideas and systems. Her work depends on me being in the world. She walks a lot, she talks a lot, and has broad and obscure interests that inform her work.

Bachmann has been involved in a number of art/science collaborations including the multi-year project, Hybrid Bodies, that to explores the impact of heart transplantation on recipients and on donor families. Bachmann has exhibited her working nationally and internationally including the Biennial of Havana (Cuba), Manifestation D’art International 6, (Quebec), the Southern Alberta Art Gallery (Canada), as well as exhibitions and festivals in Belgium, the U.S., Estonia, Singapore, Peru, Cuba, Australia, Hong Kong, and the UK.

Recent work (Projects/Solo Exhibitions)

  • 2021                                            
    Galeria Tallerlolo, Manizales, (Cuba)
  • 2017                                           
    Angry Work. Art Mûr Gallery, Montreal (Canada)                                          
  • 2015                                            
    Counterpoint. Art Mûr Gallery, Montreal (Canada)
    Survey exhibition that included The Portable Sublime, Pelt (Bestiary) and Symphony for 54 Shoes


    Pelt (Bestiary). Galerie Diagonale, Montreal (Canada)

Art form
Visual Arts
Textiles
Sound Art
Installation
Writing

Community
Art/medicine
Heart transplant
Donor families
Head and neck cancer

Website

Location
Quebec, Canada

A black and white selfie of Max Ferguson.
A black and white selfie of Max Ferguson.

Max Ferguson

Max (formerly Sarah) Ferguson has been a practicing artist since 1996 and received his BFA from the University of Regina in 2001. He graduated with an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies (Visual Art and Women’s and Gender Studies) in 2017 and is currently pursuing his PhD in Art and Women’s and Gender Studies at York University. His artistic explorations involve disability studies, gender, neurodivergent and trans-queer sexualities, activism, the body, surrealism, and psychoanalysis.  Max has worked with a variety of media, ranging from computer-based works and readymades, to paintstick, graphite, and digital collage. Currently, his work revolves around hybridized notions of photography, sculpture, sound, installation and performance, involving the psyche, the body, activism, queer theory, and mental health. He is also a published poet and writer, holds a degree in journalism, and has worked as a political, legal, military and arts writer in four different provinces over the past decade.

Recent exhibitions

September 2018
Flourishing: Somehow We Stay Attuned- Tangled Art + Disability (Toronto ON)

April 2017
Monstrosities: MFA Exhibition- Mackenzie Art Gallery (Regina SK)

January 2017                     
Anxieties- Art Gallery of Regina (Regina SK)

Art form
Interdisciplinary
Multimedia
Photography
Performance art
Digital art
Sketches
Exploring “the monstrous” as giving a shape to madness and trauma 

Community
Disability
Queer
Trans masculinities
Mad
Invisible disability
Neurodivergent (Autistic)
Women’s studies
Sexualities
Feminist
Fat positivity 

Publications
Monstrosities: Genderfluidity as Art Practice (Master’s thesis)

 

Location
Toronto, Ontario

Still image taken from a video. A person is reclined in front of a large glass display filled with gems and minerals.
Still image taken from the video "Gems and Minerals," 2018. A person is reclined in front of a large glass display at the Royal Ontario Museum filled with gems and minerals of all shapes, sizes, and colours.

Diane Borsato

Diane Borsato (BFA York University, MFA Concordia University, MA Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University) was awarded the Victor Martyn-Lynch Staunton Award from the Canada Council for the Arts, and was twice nominated for the Sobey Art Award. She has exhibited the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Power Plant, the AGYU, the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, the Walter Philips Gallery at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Vancouver Art Gallery, The Owens Museum, the National Art Centre, the Toronto Biennial of Art and in galleries and museums internationally.

In her projects she has worked closely with various other practitioners including artists, dancers, and amateur naturalists.

Borsato was recently the Artist in Residence at the AGO, where she produced Your Temper, My Weather, a major durational performance involving the participation of one-hundred beekeepers. She produced a new work with the Toronto Dance Theatre, and new works for video including Gems and Minerals with several contemporary dancers and ASL-fluent performers in Toronto. She co-led the Art of Stillness Residency with artists from across disciplines at the Banff Centre for the Arts with Pico Iyer, Christopher House, and Richard Reed-Perry, and recently – the OUTDOOR SCHOOL Visual Arts residency at the Banff Centre with Amish Morrell and Tania Willard.

As Associate Professor at the University in Guelph, she teaches advanced courses in Experimental Studio – that explore the relationships between art and everyday life­ – including Food and Art, Special Topics on Walking, Live Art, and OUTDOOR SCHOOL.

Exhibition History

Walter Philips Gallery, Banff Centre for the Arts, If The River Ran Upwards, group show curated by Jacylyn Bell, Summer 2018.

Automatisme Ambulatoire: Hysteria, Imitation, Performance, with Diane BorsatoPauline Boudry & Renate LorenzClaire Cunningham, the collective My Barbarian, consisting of Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon and Alexandro Segade, Brendan Fernandes, and Emily Roysdon. Owens Art Gallery, 61 York Street, Sackville, New Brunswick, and Tangled Arts, Toronto, Canada. Fall 2019.

 ARFF Amsterdam/Around Films Festival, Gems and Minerals screened and selected as a Finalist in the Experimental Film category, Amsterdam, Netherlands, May, 2019.

Art form
Visual Arts
Sculpture
Installation
Performance Art
Film
Video Art
Public Art
Social Practices

Community
Feminist
d/Deaf ally and artistic collaborator

Location
Ontario, Canada

Eli Clare, sporting a buzz cut and wearing a dark shirt, stands at a microphone, reading. His arms are outstretched. Behind him are projected words from the CART captions. To the right is a quote from Alice Sheppard that reads, "Eli Clare makes new worlds out of raw truths and transcendent beauty, inviting us to imagine."
"Reading at Mic," 4/15/19. Eli Clare, sporting a buzz cut and wearing a dark shirt, stands at a microphone, reading. His arms are outstretched. Behind him are projected words from the CART captions. To the right is a quote from Alice Sheppard that reads, "Eli Clare makes new worlds out of raw truths and transcendent beauty, inviting us to imagine." Photo by Mengwen Cao.

Eli Clare

White, disabled, and genderqueer, Eli Clare lives near Lake Champlain in occupied Abenaki territory (currently known as Vermont) where he writes and proudly claims a penchant for rabble-rousing. He has written two books of creative non-fiction, Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure and Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation, and a collection of poetry, The Marrow’s Telling: Words in Motion, and has been published in many periodicals and anthologies. Eli speaks, teaches, and facilitates all over the United States and Canada at conferences, community events, and colleges about disability, queer and trans identities, and social justice. Among other pursuits, he has walked across the United States for peace, coordinated a rape prevention program, and helped organize the first ever Queerness and Disability Conference.

Art form
Spoken Word
Writing

Community
Disabled
Mad
Survivor
LGBTQ2SIA+
Queer
Feminist

Website

eliclare.com

Location
Vermont, United States

A photo of Erin hanging upside down in the air on a single rope that is suspended from the ceiling.
Intertwined, June 2020. Copyright Erin Ball. Erin hangs upside down in the air on a single rope that is suspended from the ceiling. Her lower legs end below her knees. Below her are mannequin legs with plants and vines flowing out of them from the top. Her little legs are wrapped separately in the rope and she is just above the mannequin legs, touching the plants. She wears a green skin tight bodysuit and has mid-length red hair in a side ponytail. Her skin is white.

Erin Ball

Erin Ball is a Mad, Disabled circus artist and coach based in Kingston, Ontario. She runs and owns Kingston Circus Arts; a circus space created with Disability in mind. Erin is also the co-founder of LEGacy Circus, a performance company co-created with Mad artist, Vanessa Furlong. Erin uses aerial arts and ground acrobatics to tell stories in performances. She took a year off in March 2014 due to life changing events that resulted in having both lower legs removed. She has since returned to her passion of training, coaching and performing. Erin loves collaborating, adapting and creating new/different ways of executing skills and sharing that info in her course about dismantling ableism for movement-based coaches called Flying Footless.

Recent work

  • InterTwined. Commissioned by NAC English Theatre for “The Green Rooms: The Earth is Watching Let’s Act” and was presented as part of the 2020 FOLDA Festival

Art form
Performance Art
Theatre
Dance
Circus

Community
Disabled
Mad
Queer

Head and shoulder shot of a woman dressed in a black polo neck sweater and wearing a black wig over her face against a black background. Only her neck and chin are visible.
Head and shoulder shot of a woman dressed in a black polo neck sweater and wearing a black wig over her face against a black background. Only her neck and chin are visible.

Alexa Wright

Alexa Wright is a visual artist based in London, UK. Her practice spans a range of media, including photography, video, sound, interactive installation and book works. She has worked at the intersection of art and medical science since the mid-1990s, when she became known for her award-winning photographs of people with phantom limbs, After Image. Alexa’s projects usually require a long period of research, often involving collaborations with people with disabilities, poor mental health or specific medical conditions. Her artworks address questions of human identity and otherness, and also aim to raise public awareness of some of the issues that surround physical and mental difference.

Recent work

  • 2019 Hybrid Bodies, Hybrid Minds, Concordia University Gallery, Montreal

  • 2018 Hybrid Bodies: Chiasma, Winchester Gallery, Winchester

  • 2017 The Heart Project, Gallery West, London

Art form
Visual Arts
Photography
Installation
Video

Community
Ally

Location
UK