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Vanessa Yanow is a queer artist who works primarily with textiles, flame worked glass and found objects. They have been reviewed and featured in many North American publications as an exceptional fine craftsperson, but their BFA in Paint from RISD points the way back to a grounding in the visual arts, lending their work a unique strength that defies categorisation. Their sculptural work has been shown in museums in Canada, and in galleries and art fairs internationally. Their work is also part of the city of Montreal’s permanent collection, the collection of Le Musée des Maitres et Artisans in Montréal and in the Musée National in Québec City. Vanessa currently lives and works in Tiohtià:ke aka Montreal out of The Long Haul – a nonprofit, artist-run organisation that they cofounded in 2001. The Long Haul offers 38 artists 18 studio spaces to make art out of and to exhibit from. It is a project that is dedicated to providing affordable workspaces in a supportive, inclusive and secure environment.