Correctional Service Canada Accommodation Guidelines:
Mental Healthcare Facility 10m2 x 2
Correctional Service Canada Accommodation Guidelines: Mental Healthcare Facility 10m2 x 2 is a sculptural artwork based on the Correctional Service Canada’s (CSC) “Federal Correctional Facilities Accommodation Guidelines.” Obtained in 2015 via an access-to-information request, this 700-page document is used by CSC for the building, maintenance, and everyday operations of prisons. In a section named “Mental Healthcare Facility,” CSC outlines the locations and spatial dimensions required for waiting rooms, bathrooms, and staff offices for the mental health wing in a prison. People with severe trauma and/or mental illnesses, due to a lack of resources for their care on the outside, are disproportionately imprisoned by CSC. Parallel to this, symptoms of mental illness increase when people are incarcerated; the notion of “care” in a carceral context is thus an oxymoron, as the conditions of imprisonment are incongruent with treatment or rehabilitation. 
Correctional Service Canada Accommodation Guidelines: Mental Healthcare Facility 10m2 x 2 consists of two closed structures that fill The New Gallery space, referring specifically to the 10m2 minimum spatial requirements for mental heathcare waiting rooms and treatment rooms. Within the gallery these spaces are constructed out of rented “pipe and drape,” a type of temporary architecture often used for dividing spaces within warehouses, stadiums, office buildings, and other open environments. “Walls” of pipe and drape hang from ceiling to floor, recalling dividers from ambiguous institutional spaces, like hospital curtains or cubicle separators—a provisional architecture that both reveals and hides. Once the exhibition period is over, the materials are returned to the rental company to be used again, suggesting that structures of incarceration circulate widely throughout society. The rooms take up most of the exhibition space; unable to enter the structures, viewers are thus constrained to the rest of the gallery with limited room to move.
The artist would like to thank Ellen Gedopt, Pascale Busseau, Sadie at PRD, Keisha Williams, Mark Clintburg, Giselle Dias, and The New Gallery board and staff.
Outsiders: The Limits of Representation of Carceral Spaces
Alberta College of Art and Design
Illingworth Kerr Gallery
1407 14 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4R3
Prison, Maps, & Health: Keisha Williams interviewed by Sheena Hoszko
02/21, 1-4 pm
Loft 112, #112, 535 8 Ave SE, Calgary, AB, T2G 5S9
Free, snacks provided
For this event, Toronto-based health organizer and artist Keisha Williams will be interviewed by Sheena Hoszko regarding her artist practice, health promotion, and anti-prison work. After the talk participants will be invited to use paper and other materials to map architectural spaces, from both memory and provided floor plans. The loft is wheelchair-accessible through the front lobby. Bathrooms are gender-neutral.
Keisha Williams is a health promoter and artist working to support the health of all people, with a focus on health equity within Black/queer/trans/youth/racialized/criminalized/HIV+ communities. Currently working at PASAN, an HIV/AIDS service organization serving prisoners and ex-prisoners, she supports criminalized women and trans people. As a filmmaker and actor, she attempts to accurately portray the lives of those in communities she belongs to/works with. She fuses her experience as a health promoter with her work as a filmmaker, attempting to create socially relevant content that discusses health and social justice, while also promoting healthy sexuality. She was awarded an Access, Equity and Human Rights award in 2014 and is a recent award-winning graduate of the Masters of Public Health Program at the University of Toronto.
 Fiona G. Kouyoumdjian, Andrée Schuler, Stephen W. Hwang and Flora I. Matheson, “Research on the Health of People Who Experience Detention or Incarceration in Canada: A Scoping Review," BMC Public Health 15, no. 419 (April 25, 2015), accessed August 12, 2016, doi:10.1186/s12889-015-1758-6.
 Peter Collins, “The Pathology of Rehabilitation,” Scapegoat 7 (Fall/Winter 2014): 217–32, accessed January 12, 2015, http://www.scapegoatjournal.org.