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Carlan Savage-Hughes facilitates play to address accessibility, through the lens of communal care and disability justice. Living with ADHD, Carlan utilizes visual art as the most effective tool to understand and communicate her unique neurodivergence. Her additional facilitation and curatorial practices are centred around strengthening independent arts communities as an act of resisting the capital-driven values of the art world. She is currently on the Board of Directors for TRUCK Contemporary Art. In addition, she has worked closely with the National AccessArts Centre, Calgary’s leading centre for artists with disabilities and has developed a private clientele of artists with disabilities. Born and raised in Mohkinstsis (Calgary), Carlan graduated from Emily Carr University in 2020 with a major in Painting and a minor in Social Practice and Community Engagement.


Carlan is grateful to live and work on the ancestral territory of the Treaty 7, which includes the Siksika, Piikani and Kainai Nations, the Stoney Nakoda Nation, consisting of the Chiniki, Bearspaw and Good Stoney Bands. As well as the people of the Tsuut'ina Nation and the Metis people of Alberta Region 3.

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Photo by Stefan Johnson

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