About Kickstart Disability Arts

Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture is a Vancouver based arts non-profit that supports and promotes artists who identify as living with disabilities.

New Wave: Disabled Visual Artists Under 30

Sometimes starting as tiny ripples a wave has the capacity to carry us, toss us, crash into us, and engulf us altogether. New Wave is an online exhibit that features the artwork of eight disabled youth artists. Through this online exhibit, the multimedia works of art might start as a tiny ripple, but throughout the […]

The ConnecTra Society presents the Artist Series

Physical limitations should not stop you from expressing who you are. The ConnecTra Society and Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture present the Artist Series, a six-part virtual event running from July 19th-August 30th, 2021 highlighting 10 BC artists living with physical disabilities. Tune in on Mondays from 12-1PM PT as these talented people share their inspirational stories and creations with […]

Geoff McMurchy Artist Development Grant 2021 Recipient Announcement

Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture would like to announce the selection of Nehiyaw/Métis visual / graphic artist, beader, carver and storyteller, Adele ᒪᐢᑿᓱᐏᐢᑵᐤ Arseneau as our 2021 Geoff McMurchy Artist Development Grant Winner! We received an overwhelming amount of strong applications, which made this year’s decision a difficult one! We were particularly impressed by Adele’s breadth of work, […]

Constructed Identities by Persimmon Blackbridge

Monday July 26, 2021 – Friday Aug 20, 2021Pendulum Gallery Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture is thrilled to present the solo exhibition “Constructed Identities” by Persimmon Blackbridge, one of Canada’s most recognized Artists that identifies as living with a disability. Constructed Identities, a major show of work by Persimmon Blackbridge, uses mixed media wood carving with found […]

Murals Without Walls: Jury Application

NOTE: This opportunity is only open to those who participated in our Murals Without Walls Creative Workshops We will be selecting between 2-4 artists from among workshop participants to work with Wendy Oberlander, making original work on large wooden portable sandwich boards.  If you wish to submit artwork for consideration to make a portable mural which will be […]

Murals Without Walls: Low Barrier Creative Workshops For Disabled Artists

Registration is Now Closed! Expansive, playful and low-barrier art-making in community – from wherever you can join us! Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture presents 3 FREE digital low-barrier process-based creative art making workshops which prioritize participants who are living with disability. Join artists Kay Slater + Wendy Oberlander as they host a series of guided […]

The ACCESS Festival Celebrates BC Access Awareness Day

ACCESS and Equity for people with visible and invisible disabilities, BIPOC, and equity seeking communities. Vancouver BC: ACCESS, a free community arts festival, celebrates BC Access Awareness Day, Saturday June 5, with 11 days of online art programs and live events at the Gathering Place Community Centre, starting Wed May 26 through Sat June 5. The […]

Telling Your Story with Emily Gillespie

SUNDAY MAY 16TH, 2021 11:00AM – 1:00PM PST Join us to practice your creative writing skills and re-claim your voice as we explore creative writing as a tool for self-expression. This two hour class, led by author Emily Gillespie, will include a brief introduction to memoir writing, creating safety containers for memoir writing and prompts […]

The Creative Motivation You Need Right Now!

Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture Digital Workshop Series Presents, The Creative Motivation You Need Right Now! Creativity and productivity are not always a constant in our lives and we can’t look at that as a negative. We all have different abilities and goals. This presentation will be given by Anne Turner and Lisa Anita Wegner, […]