Helen Yung, artist, researcher, consultant.
Helen Yung is an artist, researcher and cultural consultant.
She makes Marginalia – a reflective practice of commentary, connection, creativity and criticality – designing responsive interactions, installations (environments) and interventions rooted in the margins of situations.
Her work has been commissioned, produced, presented and supported through grants and residencies by organizations at home and abroad, including: Performance Space (Australia), Harbourfront Centre, Dreamwalker Dance Company, The Independent Aunties, the red light district, Espacio Camargo (Argentina), Alimentary Initiatives, Toronto Dance Community Love-In, Shakespeare at Play, Theatre Direct, the Culture Days National Congress, Critical Path Choreographic Research Centre (Australia), Oboro (Montreal), Festival Accès Asie (Montreal), Centre d’art Marnay Art Centre/CAMAC (France), Gladstone Hotel, Dasein Dance, Puppetmongers Theatre, Le Fondation Tenot (France), L’Institut international de la marionette (France), Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, among others.
Helen is currently researcher-in-residence with Dreamwalker Dance Company (since 2014), artist-researcher with the Culture of Cities Centre (since 2012), a member of the Centre for Social Innovation (since 2010), and volunteers as advisory council member of the Ontario Nonprofit Network (since 2009) and member of the Board of Directors (since 2011) for hub14, a 100% self-sustaining artist-run space for art and performance. She has played an active role in many multi-stakeholder committees and lab/incubator initiatives convened around research, knowledge mobilization, city, culture, advocacy, and community organizing.
Helen has given talks at conferences convened by the International Association for the Study of the Culture of Cities (2014 & 2013), American Comparative Literature Association (2013), Ontario Museums Association (2010), Magnetic North Theatre Festival (2010), University of Toronto’s Teaching & Learning Outside The Classroom Initiative (2008), and University of Toronto’s Graduate Centre for Drama (2006). Helen’s latest research paper on ‘multidisciplinarity in the arts in Canada,‘ commissioned by the network of Canadian Public Arts Funders (CPAF), will be published by CPAF in Spring 2015. Helen has also published with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO), The Dance Current, and Ricepaper Magazine.
Prior to her focus on art and research, Helen was regional peer facilitator for the Stand Firm Network (Central Canada) for Canada Council for the Arts, founding community engagement manager for Culture Days (national office), national coordinator for the Canadian Arts Coalition, programs and services coordinator for the Canadian Dance Assembly, and consultant on various special projects and strategic initiatives for groups such as CPAMO, Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT), Pixel Gallery, FITC Design & Technology Festivals, and others.