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 artistic 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, Open Heart Surgery (UK), 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 artist-researcher with the Culture of Cities Centre, Board Director of the Centre for Social Innovation, and a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow. Helen has played an active role in many working groups, consultations, multi-stakeholder committees and lab/incubator initiatives convened by organizers such as City of Toronto, Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada, Artscape, Canada Council for the Arts and Toronto Arts Council around research, knowledge mobilization, city, arts and culture, advocacy, and community organizing. She was previously Board President for hub14, a 100% self-sustaining artist-run space for art and performance. As an advisory committee member, she helped the Ontario Nonprofit Network develop a sector-wide Evaluation Strategy. She is currently working with multi-sectoral partners on creatively transforming the settlement process for newcomers to Canada.
Helen has been invited for many speaking engagements, including conferences convened by Ministry of Immigration/Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sport/Ismaili Council (2018), Canadian Race Relations Foundation (2016), International Association for the Study of the Culture of Cities (2016, 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 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.
Her consulting client list includes: Toronto Arts Foundation, Metcalf Foundation, Canadian Public Arts Funders, Ontario Public Health Association, Canada Council for the Arts, Culture Days (national office), Canadian Arts Coalition, Canadian Dance Assembly, CPAMO, Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT), Pixel Gallery, FITC Design & Technology Festivals and others.