William Beauchemin Tiphaine Girault Paula Bath Julie Tremble Bonnes pratiques et modèles institutionnels
As part of the project Interrogating Access: Resources for Artists and Organisations
A transcription of the presentation is available in accessible PDF format
The Interrogating Access series aims to equip artists, organisations and cultural workers with the means to better address accessibility issues in the arts and in media production. The round tables on best practices and institutional models regarding accessibility present concrete initiatives put forward by Quebec cultural organisations. The panellists will address the following questions:
• What does the notion of access represent in your field or organisation?
• What are the barriers to access that your publics or members experience?
• What concrete measures have you put in place to facilitate access to your services or to increase the participation of more diverse publics?
While recognizing that each organisation has different capacities and solutions to meet its own challenges, the ultimate goal of these roundtables is to generate ideas for actions that can be taken in order to improve the access conditions available to the staff, audiences and members of cultural organisations.
Conference in English with ASL interpretation
William Beauchemin is the Social innovation Lab Manager at Exeko, a non-profit organisation mobilizing arts and philosophy for social inclusion. He is a researcher and mediator for the organization since 2013. He has worked in a variety of settings (homelessness, youth, neurodivergence, Aboriginal communities, cultural communities) for mediation, education and participatory action research projects. He has also worked with several social actors (NGOs, social services, universities, political representatives, etc.) to assist them in carrying out social and cultural projects that meet the requirements of justice. In 2019-2020, he is also co-director of the Observatoire des médiations culturelles, a national research platform on contemporary strategies for cultural intervention.
Tiphaine Girault is a Deaf Illustrator, multidisciplinary artist and Director and co-founder of SPiLL.PROpagation (SPiLL), an artist centre for creation and production in sign language in Canada. The main three artistic activities of SPiLL–Founded in 2009 by a group of Deaf and not-Deaf artists (allied artists)–are creation, collaborative production, and research creation. Paula Bath, also co-founder of SPiLL, returned to Canada after taking part to an international arts residency at the National Deaf Theater in Stockholm, Sweden. She found Sweden’s art landscape had integrated signed language by moving beyond concepts of sign language as accessibility by way of translation. Theatre practices infused sign language into the art form itself and it became a new aesthetic. Tiphaine and Paula then decided to explore this concept of infusion in Canada and with Canadian Deaf artists.
Paula Bath is a critical literary non-fiction writer. Through artifacts, prints and texts, Paula captures and explores the moments when dominant social ideas, beliefs and policies are lived, felt and negotiated by people. With a B.A. and M.A. degree in Communication from the University of Ottawa, Paula is particularly interested in issues caught in the crossroads of languages, signed and spoken and written, and the impacts on the negotiation of space and how people experience social issues and each other.
Julie Tremble has been involved since 2007 within various Quebec and Ontario arts organisations. She is co-founder of HB magazine and sits on its Board of Directors, as well as on the Boards of Directors of the Regroupement des centres d’artiste autogérés du Québec (RCAAQ) and the Independent Media Arts Alliance (AAMI/IMAA). Since 2015, she is Vidéographe’s Director. Her work with these groups has led her to focus on collaborative work models and on the adaptability of organisational structures. Julie Tremble is also a video and animation artist. Nourished by cinema, literature, philosophy and natural sciences, she has been particularly interested, since the last few years, in the question of representation in astronomy.