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Top left: Clint Roenisch Gallery, Top right: Neilson Park Creative Centre, Bottom left: McMaster Museum of Art, Bottom right: Textile Museum of Canada

Introducing AccessVisualArt.ca

A guide to accessible art venues in Ontario.


Storefront galleries have one or two steps up from the sidewalk far more often than you think. Warehouse and loft spaces may have freight elevators, but nothing approved for mobility device users. Fixed seating may preclude wheelchair users from seeing performances. These obstacles are familiar to the disability community generally, but how are our visual art venues measuring up?

This created the impulse to build Access Visual Art (AVA), an Accessibility Information Portal for Art Venues and your ‘accessibility check’ for art galleries, museums and art spaces across Ontario.

This resource is a new and ongoing initiative, developed through the partnership of Access Visual Art (AVA), AccessTO and Akimbo and aims to provide you with up-to-date and reliable information about the physical accessibility features of art venues across Ontario.


Find art venues that work with you in mind.
Read our surveys and reports so you know exactly what to expect before you head out.

On AccessVisualArt.ca you will be able to access:

>> Survey Results and Site Visit Assessments — Includes details and photos on entrances, passageways, interior spaces, restrooms, parking, location, hours and contact info. Find out if a venue is accessible, partially accessible or not accessible.

>> Featured Art Venues — Only accessible venues get the spotlight here

>> Filter by Type of Accessibility — Level Entrance/Ramp Access, Washroom, Parking, Automatic Doors

>> Filter by Neighbourhood — Focused now on Toronto but expanding province-wide

>> Locate venues on the map — Searches pinpoint the locations you’re looking for


Do you manage an artistic space or an art gallery? To get your art venue listed fill out the survey here: akimbo.ca/ava

(AVA defines art venue as any space that the visual art sector might use to present programming such as a gallery, theatre, storefront, warehouse or studio.)

About the Partners:

Promoting access for all, by letting people know whether, and how, art venues they want to visit are physically accessible.
Access Visual Art is a network of art and disability individuals and organizations whose purpose is to document and distribute information about the accessibility features of our visual art spaces in Ontario.

Until a more universal approach to construction is implemented in Ontario, we give you this blog to assist in your social endeavors.
AccessTO is a not for profit organization that documents and electronically distributes accessibility information about all kinds of venues including music, theatre, restaurants and clubs.

Canada’s Online Source for Visual Art Information
Akimbo is an Ontario-based company that promotes contemporary visual art, video, new media and film locally, nationally and internationally via the internet, mobile and social.

For more information please contact:
Access Visual Art/Akimbo: Kim Fullerton • kimful@akimbo.ca
AccessTO: Silvia Guido • info@accessto.ca

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