Image Description: A black and white photo of a white woman with shoulder-length curls wearing glasses and a black knit sweater, in front of a charcoal drawing of a building and a loom with an in-process weaving.

Jessie Myfanwy Stainton

Jessie Myfanwy Stainton (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist and PhD student in Communication Studies at Concordia University. Her FRQSC-funded doctoral research weaves around the transformative relationship between access, art, asking: How can proliferating the creativity and cultural participation of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) foster broader social change? She is the recipient of a Mitacs Accelerate grant, working in collaboration with Centre d'art et de diffusion CLARK on a three-year project on creative ways to cultivate accessibility at artist-run centers. Jessie is a core-member of Access-In-the Making (AIM) Lab dedicated to reframing access and disability through a creative and anti-colonial lens. Her artistic practice weaves around fibers and sound-based installations and is supported by memberships from the Textiles and Materiality Milieux Cluster, Speculative Life Bio Lab and The Feminist Media Studio. Jessie has recently curated a pop-up exhibition at Centre CLARK and has exhibited at 4th Space. She has published in the Journal of Space + Culture, Screenshot Magazine and ASAP Journal (forthcoming). 

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Present – PhD Communications Studies, Concordia University

2022 – MA Media Studies, Concordia University
2017 – BA Psychology, University of British Columbia