April 24, 2022

Ramp is a Red Carpet

Drop-In Visual Arts Workshop

Finland

This family oriented drop-in workshop will work with textiles to create a giant carpet.

This event is a Nordic Spotlight, part of Nordic Bridges.

Overview

Facilitated by CoMotion Artist-in-Residence Jenni-Juulia Wallinheimo-Heimonen, participants will be working with textiles, weaving and interlacing strips into a mesh fabric by hand to create one long carpet displayed in the room. 

For Wallinheimo-Heimonen, accessibility is not a special arrangement – it’s more like preparing in advance, both individually and as a society. We can eat healthy food, play sports and avoid risky behaviour, but then the COVID-19 pandemic appears. Accessibility improves our chances of coping with change. It is a toolkit and a mindset that increases our ability to be flexible. Accessibility is priceless and should never be considered a concession. Convenience is a visual message of values in our local community. When we see a ramp next to the stairs or braille text on elevator buttons, we celebrate that we are safe and that we live in a place that protects all its citizens.  

About Jenni-Juulia Wallinheimo-Heimonen

Jenni-Juulia Wallinheimo-Heimonen is a State Prize-awarded multidisciplinary artist whose short film Reflector of Living Will won the Best Screenplay at the Pisa Robotic Film Festival in 2018. Her work deals with disability politics, aesthetics of assistive devices and gender issues related to women with disabilities. Wallinheimo-Heimonen has facilitated social art workshops in Finland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Estonia and China and participated in exhibitions in Finland and abroad. She received a three-year grant from the Arts Promotion Center Finland for her project Empathy Objects 2019 –2021. She has osteogenesis imperfecta as a piquant characteristic. 

Accessibility Information

Roaming ASL Interpreters and Audio Describers will be available for workshop participants – no advance booking or additional equipment is required.

Dates & Times

April 24
11am
120 mins

Available until 2pm

More Info

Event is drop-in

Venue

Artport Gallery

Tuesdays to Thursdays, 12–6pm

Fridays and Saturdays, 12–8pm

Sundays, 12–6pm

Holiday Mondays, 12–6pm

Large gallery located in the middle of the main building. Doors will remain open during gallery hours.

Wheelchair Accessible

235 Queens Quay W

Toronto, ON, M5J 2G8

Keywords Kids