Call for Submission: Deaf, Mad and Disability Artists

Tangled Art + Disability is currently accepting applications from Deaf, Mad and disability-identified artists to create new work for an upcoming series of exhibitions which will run from September 2017 to April 2018 at Tangled Art Gallery in Toronto.

Tangled Art + Disability invites proposals for projects in any artistic discipline that reflect the expansive dimensions of disability arts and culture. For this exhibition Tangled is seeking creative works that explore Canada’s past, present and future, centering the experiences of Deaf, Mad and disabled people, and responding to the following questions:

  • In what ways has Canada historically included or excluded us?

  • How do we navigate the current realities of living and being in this country?

  • How might we shape a future that truly embraces us?

Responses that relate to crip theory, intersectional identities and community-driven moments are welcome.

Tangled Art + Disability intends to reveal, celebrate and promote the work of diverse Canadian artists from Deaf, Mad and disability communities, and to bring attention and visibility to the contributions these artists are making to Canadian arts and culture. Tangled Art + Disability will support artists in developing thoughtful community-centered interactions and integrating inclusive practices of access and accessibility. Submissions from diverse communities and cultural backgrounds including Black, Indigenous, POC & LGBTQQIP2SAA are encouraged

Only submissions from Deaf, Mad and disability-identified artists will be considered. Written applications, as well as ASL video responses are accepted. Assistance in filling out the written application form is available, or applicants can respond to the questions in person if needed.

Applications will be accepted between March 9 and May 5, 2017. Contact Sean Lee at (647) 725-5064 to schedule an in person application or to book application writing assistance.


Visualizing Absence:
Memorializing the histories of the former Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital

Opening reception:  Nuit, Blanche, Saturday, October 3rd7-9 pm

Exhibit dates and hours:
Runs October 3rd through December 3rd, 2015
Tuesday through Fridaynoon to 5pm

Visualizing Absence: Memorializing the histories of the former Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital is a collaborative art response to archival images, patient records, and hidden and lost stories and memories that constitute the historic Lakeshore grounds.

Artists Alison Brenzil, Dave Clark, Stas Guzar, Susan Mentis, Lucy Pauker and Hannah Zbitnew, in collaboration with Anne Zbitnew, use a variety of media to publicly recover untold, hidden and forgotten histories.

We respect the past by recognizing the Lakeshore grounds as Aboriginal land, and by remembering the psychiatric patients who built, lived, worked and died there.

This exhibit follows Dr. Geoffery Reaume and other mad scholars, historians, activists, artists and allies who tell stories in a historical context from psychiatric patients’ perspectives.

To paraphrase Thomas King:

Take these stories. Do with them what you will. Tell your friends, ignore them, forget them. But don’t say you would live your life differently if you had only heard these stories. You have heard them now.

There will be difficult but important themes of institutional life, including institutional violence and abuse, discussed and represented at this event.

Co-presented by
Tangled Art + Disability at the future home of Tangled Art Gallery and Anne Zbitnew

The future home of the Tangled Art Gallery is located at 401 Richmond St. West, studio 122 on the main floor. The closest accessible subway station is at Union Station. The gallery is also accessible by the Spadina streetcar (Queen Street stop going south from Spadina Station, Richmond Street stop going north from Union Station), which is intermittently accessible.

This event is in a barrier-free location. There is an accessible washroom on the 4th floor of 401 Richmond. We will have ASL interpretation and supportive listening. We request that you help us to make this a scent-free environment. The exhibit follows Smithsonian Museum guidelines for accessibility and inclusivity. Audio description of the artwork is available. Most of the artwork can be touched. The labels are in a large font and in plain language. The labels include a line drawing of the artwork. For any other accessibility arrangements or questions about accessibility, please contact Anne Zbitnew at This is a child-friendly event and a sober space.

Tangled Art + Disability
Eliza Chandler

Anne Zbitnew
Visualizing Absence Website: