Date: Thursday May 16th, 2024

Time: 10:00 am — 9:00 pm

Cost: Admission is by Donation


We hear you! Velvet Terrorism: Pussy Riot’s Russia is a sensory-overloading exhibition, with 52 monitors, loud clashing sounds, and fast-moving video footage in a densely structured environment. This Reduced Sensory Day is aimed at lowering the sensory impact without compromising the integrity of the exhibition.

Admission to The Polygon is by donation, courtesy of BMO Financial Group.

What to expect at this exhibition

• Volume will be slightly lowered – there are 52 monitors with fast-moving video footage and clashing sounds.

• Graphic protest actions and explicit language.

• Entire walls are painted in bright fluorescent colours.

• There is one room enclosed by two metal doors that may feel claustrophobic (this room may be bypassed).

• There are flashing lights in one video.

• Quiet overflow space can be used to hang out and decompress.

• Photos of the exhibition can be previewed below.

Resources & Reminders

• There is no timed entrance; experience at your own pace. Re-entry is okay!

• Sensory support kits are available at the Bookstore, including stim / fidget toys, noise reducing ear covers, and sensory-calming cards.

• The Pussy Riot book, which contains all the text on the walls inside the exhibition space, is also available via QR code (located at the entrance to the exhibition) or here.

More about the Exhibition Space at The Polygon Gallery

• Located on the 2nd floor of The Polygon Gallery to the left of the elevator.

• Doors inside the exhibition do not have automatic openers.

• The smallest passages measure 35″ wide and there are two passages with heavier metal doors. Please ask for assistance at the Bookstore

• Seatings include blue benches, and an assortment of chairs and stools.

Creating more inclusive and accessible spaces is an ongoing learning process for us at The Polygon Gallery. We are open to receiving feedback about the accessibility and navigation of our exhibition, retail, and event spaces. If you would like to reach out to us on how to make our gallery more accessible and sensory friendly, please email: Jen Sungshine (

For more details, click here.

  • The Polygon Gallery

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