The Gathering Divergence
Multi-Arts Festival & Conference Fall 2022
Visioning Canada’s IBPOC Artistic Transformation:
Then and Now
Then and Now
Nov. 29, Nov. 30 and Dec. 2, 2022
In-person at Aki Studio (Toronto) and via Zoom
The multi-Arts Festival and Conference; a positively impactful and supportive convening in the Arts sector. The festival’s specific focus is on Indigenous, racialized, deaf, disabled and mad, women and other historically – marginalized artists’ communities. Geared towards meaningful conversations, professional development and sharing strategies in the Arts, this year’s theme for Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts Festival & Conference Fall 2022 | Visioning Canada’s IBPOC Artistic Transformation: Then and Now.
Care Webs: Broadening our Capacities Workshop
Wed. Nov. 30, 2022 | 3:45 – 4:45pm
The “Care Webs: Broadening our Capacities” workshop proposes that IBPOC artists and arts workers to come together to consolidate our stories (past and present) and ideas (future) about care in the arts sector. Using labour already done by IBPOC writers on care, we will begin with understanding care, the history of care webs as a survival strategy, and our own capacities to care and receive care. Then, we will gather in small groups for intimate conversations to strategize how to develop, sustain, and/or strengthen care webs around us as artists and arts workers, and what resources we need. Finally, we will regroup and summarize each group discussion. The workshop aims to consolidate the conversations, stories, dreams, and visions we have as IBPOC artists’ and arts workers’ in the white-dominated arts sector. This written document will be shared with everyone in the workshop afterwards to become crucial evidence in our future projects or grant applications in which we seek to improve care in the arts sector for artists and workers. In other words, the labour we each put into this workshop will become a resource/toolkit for all of our future use.
About the artist:
Khadija Aziz (she/her) is a textile and digital artist investigating the making and transformation of patterns through the play of analogue and digital processes. She marries slow textile-making techniques and tools with spontaneous digital manipulation methods to create digital images, GIFs, installations, and Augmented Reality experiences. Khadija has taught several textile courses at the Textile Museum of Canada, Arts Etobicoke, Workman Arts, and Neilson Park Creative Centre. She is an MFA candidate at Concordia University’s Fibre & Material Practices program. Her textile and digital art have been exhibited in Canada, Australia, and Austria. In recognition of her creative practice, she received the Shanks Memorial Award in Textiles from Craft Ontario and the Creative Promise Award from Surface Design Association in 2020. As an emerging writer, she has recently written for the Canadian Art Gallery Educator’s online blog, Shameless Magazine, and Concordia University’s Media Studies MA Virtual Conference.
The schedule is available here!
Tickets $5 – $10 | To register to attend in-person or over Zoom the day sessions:
Attend online via Zoom: Register on Eventbrite.
Attend in-person at Aki studio:
Location: Aki Studio
585 Dundas St E #250, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
Register at Aki’s online box office (select  CPAMO on the left side menu).
Covid protocols: People attending the event in peson need to follow Aki Studio’s vaccination and mask policy – please read before registration:
To register to attend the Reception and Publication launch at the CSI Community Living Room:
To register to attend the Reception and publication launch click here, please note the Covid policy is different for this event, for more information click here.
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