May 1, 2022

Sync Goûter

Cultural Leadership Event

United Kingdom

A Zoom based discussion for Deaf and disabled Canadians in the arts.

Carmen Papalia and Sarah Pickthall of Sync Gutay

Carmen Papalia and Sarah Pickthall, Photo courtesy of the artists


Sync Goûter is a tea-time delight for Deaf and disabled creatives curated by Co-Founder of Sync Leadership Sarah Pickthall and CoMotion Curator Alex Bulmer. 

This online interactive event is for the Deaf or disabled community and includes those who are Deaf, hard of hearing, blind, Mad, experience chronic illness, are disabled by barriers to mobility, are neurodivergent, or identify as a disabled person or person with a disability. 

The event invites participants who work in the arts or cultural industries that are or aspire to become arts and cultural leaders or advocates. Participation is encouraged through culinary presentations and facilitated conversations in break-out spaces with breaks peppered throughout. Limited spots are available so book your place at the table. 

Our Sync Goûter provocations will be served up by Seeley Quest, Ingrid Palmer and Charlotte Jacob-Maguire. Our Facilitation team holding break-out spaces are Kelsie Acton, Jenelle Rouse, Chris Dodd and Kate Welsh.  

Sync Leadership

Sync Leadership is a disabled-led program exploring Deaf and disabled leadership, founded in 2008 by Sarah Pickthall and Jo Verrent — two disabled leaders based in the United Kingdom. 

Combining leadership theory with one-to-one coaching, Sync Leadership develops Deaf and disabled leadership in arts, culture, heritage and media.  

It is vital in these changing and challenging times that Deaf and disabled voices, experiences and natural leadership skills are acknowledged and developed.  

Sync Leadership has successfully run face-to-face programs in Australia, South Korea, Singapore and the United Kingdom. 

About Sarah Pickthall

Sarah Pickthall is an artist, consultant and executive coach working globally with individuals and teams in arts, culture and health. With an extensive background in facilitation, her passion is curating spaces where folks can openly share their ideas and find solutions while using the resources within their lived experiences. Pickthall produced the work of Deaf digital dance artist Chisato Minamimura from 2015 to 2019.    

About Carmen Papalia

Carmen Papalia is a nonvisual social practice artist with chronic and episodic pain. In 2021 he co-founded the Open Access Foundation for Arts & Culture, a pandemic-era cultural organization that aims to set a new cultural standard for accessibility by nurturing creative and justice-oriented accessibility practices. Papalia is a 2022 Leonardo Crip Tech fellow, working with Karen Nakamura and the Berkeley Disability Lab. In 2020 he was one of 25 artists who received the Sobey Art Award and in 2019 he was a Sobey long list recipient in the West Coast / Yukon region. His work has been featured at the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim museum, the Tate Liverpool, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and Gallery Gachet, among others. 

Accessibility Information

  • This event will be presented with ASL Interpretation, Audio Description, Live Captioning (CART) and notetaking.
  • LSQ interpretation will be available on request.
  • In addition to the facilitators and access providers, there will be 24 guests in the virtual space, and there will be multiple breaks throughout the session. 
  • If you require assistance with booking your registration or would like to request LSQ interpretation, please contact the box office by email at or call (416) 973-4000 and choose option 1.
  • If you have questions about the access features offered for this event, please contact Accessibility Coordinator Katherine Hale at or (416) 973-4960 

Dates & Times

May 1
150 mins


Zoom details will be emailed to registrants

Keywords DigitalTalk