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.

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, […]

Grant Writing For Disabled Artists

Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture presents our first event in our 2021 Workshop Series, Grant Writing For Disabled Artists This grant-writing workshop facilitated by Regan Shrumm is geared towards Artists who identify as living with disabilities based in British Columbia. This workshop will feature tips on where to apply (City, Municipal, BC Arts Council, Canada […]

Nothing Without Us – Ranger Station Art Gallery

In Partnership with Kent Harrison Arts Council, Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture Presents: Nothing Without UsNovember 7th – December 6th Ranger Station Art Gallery98 Rockwell Dr, Harrison Hot Springs, BCGallery Hours:Weekdays 10am – 4pmWeekends 12pm-4pm So many times, decisions are made for persons who identify as living with a disability without their input. Our community […]

To Stop and Not Slow Down: Creative Practices (or, Lack Thereof) During Chaotic Times by sb. smith

Sometimes, it’s all we can do to spend a whole afternoon lying on the floor. Especially this year. Between a pandemic, episodes of climate chaos, political and social instability, civil unrest, and the like, us creative types have a lot to process and incorporate into our work. It’s no wonder, with how “on fire” our […]