Calgary-based National accessArts Centre will represent Canada at COP26 in Glasgow.
New interdisciplinary ensemble’s works will be exhibited at the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference in November.
CALGARY – The National accessArts Centre (NaAC), Canada’s oldest and largest disability arts organization, has been selected to represent Canada once again on the global stage – this time, at the 2022 UN Climate Change Conference, or COP26, in Glasgow from November 7 to November 19, 2021.
An interdisciplinary ensemble, made up of visual artists, dancers, theatre practitioners and Indigenous elders, will be presenting Conference of the Birds, a response to an international community engagement process that reflects on the impact of COVID-19 and the ongoing climate change crisis. With support from Global Affairs Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts, a contingent made up of six NaAC artists will travel to Glasgow to present their work, participate in panel discussions, and be featured as one of a few select cultural presentations to represent Canada.
“Despite this persistent pandemic, the NaAC has continued to push forward with the commissioning of new and exciting works across a wide range of artistic mediums,” said Jung-Suk (JS) Ryu, President and CEO of the NaAC. “Presenting our latest work at COP26 will be yet another milestone for our organization and the artists we represent.”
The NaAC’s presence at COP26 will be one of four international endeavours to take place before the end of 2021, including an artist residency and exhibition in Seoul, Korea; the opening of an exhibition at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo; and an artist residency and exhibition to be held in Osaka, Japan.