Beyond Barriers: Arts Accessibility with Senator Patricia Bovey
Presented in partnership with Arts Accessibility Network Manitoba
Everybody has the right of access to the arts – artists in their practice and audiences in their participation and enjoyment. Bill C-81, the Federal Accessibility Act, moved Canada’s accessibility needle forward, but visible and invisible challenges continue to abound for both creators and viewers. Artists inspire. Deaf and disabled artists spark the spirit within many by pioneering new pathways in how they create and how we see and understand. What has to be done to ensure accessibility for and to their work? Pat Bovey’s lecture will celebrate positive action and the transformative power of artistic achievement.
Patricia Bovey was appointed to the Senate of Canada in November 2016 as an Independent Senator from Manitoba. As the first art historian, gallery professional and museologist to be appointed to the Senate, Bovey has worked on all issues, from legislation to committee work, primarily through the lens of arts and culture and from her regional perspective. She has spoken in the Chamber about the impact of the arts, especially on health and crime prevention. Her goal is to ensure that the voice of arts and culture is heard, in the Senate and in every sector of society. A Winnipeg-based gallery director, art historian, professor and arts and culture management consultant, she was Director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery (1999-2004) and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1980-1999), and appointed the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Director Emerita in 2014. Founder of St. Boniface Hospital’s Buhler Gallery and the University of Winnipeg’s Arts and Culture Management Program, and MA in Curatorial Practice, she was the Buhler Gallery Director/Curator from its inception in 2007 until 2016, and a University of Winnipeg Adjunct Professor of Art History from 2011 to 2017.