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Grace Channer

Sessional Lecturer

Grace Channer's interdisciplinary art practice is research based, art led, and located in a transnational, black, queer, diaspora, aesthetic experience. Her work is both critically and theoretically engaged in activism and social justice issues, as well as community and public art. She has been a co-founder of community grassroots organizations in Canada and the UK. They include the Black Women’s Collective; Our Lives, the first black women’s newspaper in Canada, where she was art director; DAWA curatorial collective; Zamimass, a black lesbian organization in the UK; CampSis, a political, arts, and cultural centre in northern Ontario; and W5, a women of colour arts collective.

Grace produces immersive works through animation, video, audio sculpture, and digital media environments that include augmented reality. She has received prestigious international awards for her animated film But Some Are Brave (2007) and is profiled in Long Time Comin’ (1993), a 59-minute documentary, directed by Dionne Brand.

Grace's work on "Sanitation Project" (2000), funded by the Laidlaw Foundation, caused controversy during the waste disposal debates in Toronto. As the director of Bathari Productions, an arts-based production company, she continues to develop interdisciplinary arts and education projects that push past boundaries.

She has an MFA in fine art and is currently completing a PhD In interdisciplinary humanities studies at Brock University.