Bryn Ludlow is a PhD Candidate in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture at York University and Ryerson University. She completed a BFA at OCAD University in Integrated Media (2010), and a Master of Arts at McMaster University in Health & Aging (2012). Bryn’s dissertation research involves an analysis of interdisciplinary audience perspectives on digital stories by adopted youth, and youth in foster care in Canada. This work is a partnership with the Adoption Council of Canada, and CAMH.
Bryn’s academic background is interdisciplinary, and includes degrees in Integrated Media at OCAD University (BFA, 2010), and Health and Aging at McMaster University (MA, 2012). Bryn was born in Guelph, Ontario, and moved with her family to Toronto in 1999, where she studied fine art and design in the 4-year Specialized Art Program at Central Tech, and was active in the school in athletics, and community outreach. At OCAD University, Bryn’s thesis installation involved interviewing 9 older adults at the Balmy Beach Club in Toronto, about their experiences of aging and staying active at the club. Bryn created a digital video installation of the interviews and was awarded the Sir Edmund Walker Award for Proficiency in Integrated Media at the 95th Annual OCAD University Graduate Exhibition. After graduation from OCADU, Bryn attended McMaster University, and researched how the qualitative research method of ‘body mapping’ gave voice to older adults who were receiving daily (6 day/week) haemodialysis therapy for end-stage renal disease in the dialysis unit at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. The inspiration for this work stemmed from volunteering for almost five years with this population, before and after they went to the dialysis unit.
Bryn’s artwork, and research have been recognized with graduate research and community service awards, and she has authored and co-authored publications in national and international journals, including: The Medical Post, Ars Medica: A Journal of Medicine, The Arts, and Humanities, The American Journal of Kidney Diseases (AJKD), The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and Forum: Qualitative Social Research (F-QSR).
These experiences continue to define Bryn’s life-long curiosity in the arts, health, and education. Today, she continues to explore the similarities and boundaries of these disciplines in her work, artistic practice, and civic engagement.