about

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. She blogs at marginalia.ca.
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), and a member of the Centre for Social Innovation (since 2010). She volunteers as sponsorship and fund development advisor for Ontario Public Health Association (since 2015) and advisory council member of the Ontario Nonprofit Network (since 2009). She was also previously Board President for hub14, a 100% self-sustaining artist-run space for art and performance. Helen 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. She is currently working with Luminato and CultureLink on a creative approach to generating decent work opportunities for newcomers. Helen is also involved with a Montreal tech project aimed at improving refugee & newcomer access to healthcare.
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 discussion paper on ‘multidisciplinarity in the arts in Canada‘ was commissioned by the network of Canadian Public Arts Funders (CPAF) in 2015, available from the CPAF website here. 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.
Previously, 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 CPAMOProfessional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT), Pixel Gallery, FITC Design & Technology Festivals, and others.
Twitter: @helenyung