First Friday Lecture: Access and Inclusivity by Nikki Brasseur

The way galleries traditionally exhibit visual art is grounded in a system of exclusion. To move beyond ableist conventions, there must be alternatives. In this lecture, Nikki Brasseur discusses her disability,practice, and how accessible options for inclusion can be employed by artists and art spaces. These methods were utilized during her practicum with Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba working on Crip Strength, the exhibition up at MAWA in November and early December, 2022.

Nikki Brasseur (she/her) is an artist from Winnipeg, Manitoba in Treaty 1 territory. Her mixed media sculpture, installation and audio recording speak to her lived experience with physical and cognitive disabilities. For her undergrad thesis, she focussed on the lack of accessibility in institutions and art spaces. By pursuing a Masters in Cultural Studies and Curatorial Practices, she hopes to advocate for the access and inclusion of artists and patrons in disabled and othered communities.

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