TAKE ROOT AMONGST THE STARS: A Mad, Deaf and Disabled Arts Residency

A Mad, Deaf and Disabled Arts Residency

Lead Faculty: Jenna Reid (Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture) and Dr Syrus Marcus Ware

October 10-24, 2022
Artscape Gibraltar Point in Tkaronto- on the Toronto Islands (Ontario)


An exciting opportunity for Mad, Deaf and Disabled artists developed in partnership with Dr Syrus Marcus Ware, Artscape Gibraltar Point and Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture! During this two week residency artist’s will have the opportunity to deep dive into their practice and explore disability arts in a network of peers!

This residency is open to Mad, Deaf and Disabled artists practicing in any artistic discipline. Self-Identification is accepted.

Residency Fee: $1330*
Fee includes private accommodation and a shared studio at Gibraltar Point.
Studio space and accommodation have accessible entrances and accessible washrooms with room for mobility devices.

** Interested participants are encouraged to apply for arts council or other funding to assist in covering the cost of attending – We will happily provide a support letter for any grant applications – please indicate your need when completing the application form **


Kickstart is thrilled to be offering FIVE subsidized spots for Mad, Deaf or Disabled Artists who reside in British Columbia. This includes covering the costs of flights (from British Columbia to Toronto) & shared on-site accommodation. Subsidized spots will be awarded by a jury process, please indicate when filling out the application form if you wish to be considered for a subsidized spot.

Your Application will need to include:

  • Name + Contact Info
  • Indication on Province in which you currently reside
  • Answers to the following questions:
    • What are you currently exploring in your artistic practice? (max 500 words)
    • What might you want to explore in your arts practice during this residency? (max 250 words)
    • How does Disability, Mad and Deaf justice and arts practice show up in your work? What excites you about Disability, Deaf and Mad Arts? (300 words max)
  • Your Artist CV (max 3 pages)
  • Examples of your Artistic Practice
    • Visual Artist: up to 10 images of your works (pdf, jpg, jpeg or png)
    • Performance Artist / Musician: up to 10 minutes of video or audio content – max 5 files (mov, mp3, mp4, avi, wav)
    • Literary Arts: up to 5 short samples of your writing – each sample no longer than 1 page max. (pdf)
    • Other: if the above categories do not apply to your artistic practice, please include up to 5 examples of your practice in your preferred format (see accepted file types above)

For any questions regarding the residency or application process, please email: [email protected]

Syrus Marcus Ware is an Assistant Professor at the School of the Arts, McMaster University. He is a Vanier scholar, visual artist, activist, curator and educator. Syrus uses drawing, installation and performance to explore social justice frameworks and black activist culture, and he’s shown widely in galleries and festivals across Canada. He is a part of the Performance Disability Art Collective. Syrus is a co-founder of Black Lives Matter- Canada and the Wildseed Centre for Art & Activism. Syrus holds a doctorate from York University in the Faculty of Environmental Studies. His on-going curatorial work includes That’s So Gay (Gladstone Hotel, 2016-2019) and BlacknessYes!/Blockorama.  He is the co-editor or the best-selling Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada (URP, 2020)

Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture’s Artistic Director Jenna Reid (she/her) is a fibre artist who works primarily with the practices of quilting and natural dyes as a way to engage with activist based aesthetics. Jenna’s studio work explores inter-institutional violence informed by the histories of queer, feminist, Deaf, disability, and mad movement organizing. With a studio based PhD in Critical Disability Studies at York University, Jenna’s teaching and research specializes in the emergent field of Mad Studies. Jenna uses art in classroom and community spaces to create ruptures, open up new lines of inquiry, encouraging people to turn away from the need to resolve and instead open up the transformative possibilities that happen when we render things problematic.

About Kickstart Disability Arts

Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture is a Vancouver based arts non-profit that supports and promotes artists who identify as living with disabilities.

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