Image courtesy of Keimi Nakashima-Ochoa.

Accessibility as Creative Practice: Workshop for Immunocompromised Makers

Saturday, February 25 / 2 – 5pm
Audain Gallery

SFU Galleries is excited to announce that Keimi Nakashima-Ochoa will be joining us as our Accessibility as Creative Practice Intern throughout the spring and summer of 2023.

Keimi is an immigrant settler whose art practice focuses on exploring racialized identity, multi-sensorial experiences of art, and artistic labour. Their work focuses on textile materials like weaving, tufting, and sewing, but includes printmaking and writing, and more. Keimi is interested in the perceptions of ethnicity and gender that exist in art-making, and how “accessibility” and “art” relate.

Their time with us will centre around three intentional-access workshops, where participants will come together in a supportive art-making environment, to socialize and be creative in a way that meets specific access needs.

In this first workshop, Keimi will lead a space for immunocompromised folks and their pals/partners to more safely gather and make art. Participants will have the opportunity to play with a wide variety of two-dimensional materials, in an open-ended artmaking space centred around care. All levels of non/experience are welcome.

We will require that participants wear masks, which will be available at the gallery as well. We will not be checking vaccination status, but we ask that you come with your COVID-19 immunization and/or take a rapid test at home within 24 hrs of the workshop to ensure the safety of our group. Even if it’s not COVID, please stay home if you’re feeling unwell.

SFU Galleries spaces are scent free and citrus free. Please do not bring any citrus to the event because it may pose an anaphylactic risk.

Stay tuned for upcoming workshops for sensory-sensitive folks, and Disabled QTBIPOC folks.

Free event
All materials provided

This program has been made possible by the generous support from the British Columbia Arts Council’s Early Career Development Grant.