Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba

Including artists and audiences with disabilities into all facets of the arts community.

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Artist Focus

Artists with disabilities, Deaf and MAD artists produce unique creations that provide a foundation for dialogue on diversity. AANM encourages and cultivates that creativity among many disciplines within the artist community. Here we showcase some of our members, their work and stories, and the challenges they face.


Artists


Headshot of Alice Crawford

Alice Crawford

Printmaker, typography, and collage artist

Partially deafened at an early age, how she hears and interprets spoken language is in her art.

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Headshot of Conner Derraugh. Conner is a white male in his twenties. He is sitting at a piano, in front of bright windows. Conner is wearing black rimmed glasses, a white button up shirt and a blue blazer. Conner has short brown hair and is smiling at the camera.

Connor Derraugh

Musician, Pianist and Saxophonist

Connor holds a Jazz Performance Degree from the University of Manitoba with a double major in piano and saxophone. 

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Headshot of Darla-Jean O'Rourke

Darla-Jean O’Rourke

“Lil Irish”, a heartwarming nom de plume for this Manitoba artist, said to have developed as an artist in Winnipeg. Lil Irish had the recognition of others that a writer were emerging, and luckily many a creative kind.

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Poster for My Will Remains Art Show

Diane Driedger

“My will remains” is a quote by the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-54). About fifteen years ago, I started to see my life with chronic illness and disability reflected in Frida’s life through her self-portraits and her need to work in bed due to chronic pain and fatigue. I started to create art by showing my solidarity with Frida. This was a jumping off point as I began to uncover the stories of artists with disabilities. My exhibit dialogues with artists such as Frida Kahlo, Claude Monet, Maud Lewis, Vincent Van Gogh and Andy Warhol, all who had disabilities. Through painting, sculpture, and poetry I unveil our experiences of living with chronic illness and disability and the uncertainties and certainties that it brings.


Headshot of Debbie Patterson playing an accordion

Debbie Patterson

I have been an artist longer than I have been disabled. Learning to cope with a disability and to adapt my artistic practice to my changing abilities has been a solitary process.

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Headshot of Harry Paine, he is smiling and wearing a straw hat with lots of pins on it.

Harry Paine

We didn’t exactly live in poverty but then in my day poverty was somewhat relative I suppose, we were no better nor were we any worse than all the other working class people in the community.

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Photograph of Kim Kitchen on a path in a forest. Kim is a white woman with medium length curly brown hair. Kim is wearing grey sweater over a colourful shirt, black pants and brown boots. Kim uses a scooter that is blue and black

Kim Kitchen

Kim Kitchen is a multidisciplinary artist, currently working in audio and film as a result of a debilitating and transformative illness…

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Photograph of Lynne Martin, a white woman ini her 50s with short curly brown hair and brown eyes. She sweating orange rimmed glasses and smiling at the camera

Lynne Martin

After studying opera, earning 2 degrees in English literature, raising 3 children, living in 4 countries and 8 distinct cultures, and pursuing 6 career paths, Lynne returned to her first love—playwrighting…

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Marie LeBlanc with a camera covering half of her face. she is standing in front of pine trees

Marie LeBlanc

I grew up in The Pas, Manitoba where my love of photography began. I am a self-taught performance street artist photographer, writer and poet inspired by the world around me. I moved to Winnipeg in 1984 where I completed my Bachelor of Arts (Advanced Major) Degree in Human Geography and Sociology from the University of Manitoba.

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Miranda Kudajczyk

Miranda uses the healing powers of art and nature to sooth her anxieties and express her emotions. She is currently in the mentorship program at Martha Street Studios known as Making our Mark (MoM).


Natasha Boone

Visual artist, illustrator, writer

Natasha has relied on art and the practice of art-making to cope with a lifetime of chronic illness. A three-time kidney transplant recipient, she is aware of the fragility and the strength of the human body. Her work subsequently encompasses this complexity; reflecting a desire for faith, for purpose, the ever-present ‘reason for being’ in the world. 


Tamika Reid

Tamika Reid is a Winnipeg-based writer and painter who is completing a joint-degree of Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and Communications at the University of Winnipeg and diploma of Creative Communications at Red River College.

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Head shot of Ysabelle Vantour. Ysabelle is a white woman with black hair. She is wearing a white blouse and is standing in front of a tree. She is smiling at the viewer.

Ysabelle Vautour

Acadian artist and art teacher Ysabelle Vautour started out working in the mental health and disability support sector.


Art Organizations


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Manitoba Choral Association

Manitoba Choral Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting, strengthening, and promoting the choral arts in Manitoba


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The Winnipeg Film Group

The Winnipeg Film Group (WFG) is an education, production, exhibition and distribution centre committed to promoting the art of moving image.

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