SPARK Exhibitions

For the 2018 festival SPARK curated a series of five visual art exhibits across Calgary, each exploring themes of Art & Disability from a variety of perspectives and in all media. Of the 191 submissions received, the Festival featured 85 pieces of juried art in all media, representing artists pan-disability from Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. Exhibits were hosted at Studio C as well as on three floors of cSPACE King Edward from December 3 to December 8, 2018.

  • SPARK: Studio C | #235, 1721 29th Avenue SW, Calgary AB | Gallery hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm, Saturday 10am - 1pm

  • SPARK: cSPACE King Edward (L1, L2, L3) | 1721 29th Avenue SW, Calgary AB | Gallery hours: Monday - Saturday 8am - 8pm

The exhibitions also coincided with the indoor Farmers & Makers Market hosted at cSPACE on Saturday, December 8th. SPARK was pleased to exhibit alongside this event, attracting an estimated 800-1000 new viewers.

The Festival was curated by Colin Menzies, Tommi Watts and Roxanne Taylor, with special thanks to the Jury Committee: Dick Averns, Janet Davie and Riki Entz.

SPARK Community Partnerships

In addition to SPARK’s self-produced exhibits, the festival was pleased to once again partner with the ACADSA Hear/d Residency in promoting “And As It Continues” - an initiative of the Alberta College of Art + Design’s Students’ Association. This exhibition of student work explored themes of resilience and mental health as experienced by post-secondary students. The exhibition ran from November 28 to December 12, 2018 with a public reception on December 6.

  • and as it continues, A Product of the Hear/d Residency Program | ACAD Main Mall, 1407 14th Avenue NW, Calgary AB | Nov. 28 - Dec. 12

SPARK also partnered with the U of C Nickle Galleries in hosting an artist talk “This is Our Moment”, spotlighting the Indefinite Arts Centre at the Taylor Family Digital Libraries Gallery Hall on November 29. At this event IAC CEO Js Ryu spoke about the future of the Indefinite Arts Centre, including the IAC’s proposed ‘National accessArts Centre’—which would be North America’s first multidisciplinary arts hub for artists with disabilities.

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Artist Rendering of proposed new facility.

Courtesy Indefinite Arts Centre

Special thanks for this year's community partnerships are extended to Jeannie Gorrie (Health + Wellness Program Manager, ACADSA) as well as the many Alberta College of Art + Design students, technical and administration staff who made this collaboration possible. At the University of Calgary, thanks are extended to Michele Hardy (Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Art, Curator, Nickle Galleries) as well as guest speaker JS Ryu from the Indefinite Arts Centre.

SPARK Public Programs & Festival Reception

Kicking off the festival reception at cSPACE on December 6, SPARK hosted a discussion panel on the "Pros and Cons of Disability-specific Festivals". Representatives from the Indefinite Arts Centre, Artistic Expressions, MoMo Movement, Inside Out Theatre and other special guests explored topics such as: Are disability art festivals the best way to experience work? Do disability-specific festivals need to be more diverse? And what are the pros and cons of identifying as a disabled artist?


Following the panel the public was invited to explore the hallway galleries of cSPACE, as well as join this year’s SPARK artists for a free reception and social at Studio C.




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