Call For Artists

Calls For Artists from Kickstart and Our Community
To apply follow the instructions laid out in the summary.

NEW WAVE, 30 & Under

To kick off the beginning of our 23rd year, we are having a group exhibition of younger emerging artists with disabilities and calling it New Wave!

We want to engage and work with the next generation of artists with disabilities and share what great talents are up and coming. We are looking for artists with disabilities that are age 30 and under only for this exhibition. We want to see your photography, painting, drawing, stitching, sculptures, whatever it is you make!

This will be a juried exhibition, artists will be paid an honorarium (minimum CARFAC fee), and all participating artists must be current Kickstart Members. Not a member? You can still apply!

The exhibition will take place in 2021 and be online only based on Covid restrictions.

Here is what you need to send us to be considered for the exhibition:

1. Four (4) images of your artwork. The name of each file should include your name and artwork title. Such as John Smith – Landscape Rolling Hills.

2. A list of the artwork you are sending us with title, medium, size. These must correspond to the titles of the images.

3. An artist statement or a bio about yourself, your art, your education and past exhibitions, if any. We want to get a better understanding of who the artist is.

Applications should be submitted via ONE PDF document as an email attachment. Images may be attached outside of PDF, but it is preferable they be included in one document.

Should you require accommodations or assistance to complete this application, contact us at

Submit application via email to with the subject line “New Wave Application”.

Application Deadline:
Monday May 3rd, 2021

Please note only completed applications will be accepted.
Due to volume of applications, only successful applicants will be contacted.

*please note Kickstart has no involvement in selection for Calls from Our Community*

Calls For Artists From Outsiders and Others

1. World UFO Day / July 2 – 25
This exhibition will feature works by self-taught artists that explore outer space, UFO’s, and alien life. 

2. Here and Queer / July 30 – August 29
Featuring works by self-taught artists that identify as LBGTQIA2S+

3. Nothing but Flowers / Sept 3 – 26
We are looking for self-taught floral and landscape painters for an exhibition all about nature and it’s beauty.

​How to apply:
1. Email up to 6 images of artwork to be considered for the exhibition. 
2. The name of the image files should include your name and the title of the work, such as “1. Sam Stone– Outer Space”, “2. Sam Stone – Alien Family”.
3. Include a list that describes the images you are sending in. This list should identify your images as you titled them. 
4. Include a statement about yourself that includes your education, exhibition experience, and your interest in the exhibit theme and how it relates to your artwork. 

Email all your information to:

For All the details & a full list of current
Calls from Outsiders and Others visit:


The Ikouii Open is an annual online group exhibition of artwork created by both disabled and non-disabled artists worldwide. The goal of the open is to activate social movements, educate, inspire, and evoke change within the arts and disability communities. Artists who practice in a variety of mediums or disciplines at any stage in their art career are encouraged to submit work in response to a disability-centered theme. The Ikouii Open will include all art forms and genres. The virtual exhibition will run from June 20 to August 28, 2021.

This year’s theme Without Labels will explore the interwoven influence of labels in disability and culture. Disability labeling has the potential to cause individuals to be singled out and even ridiculed. Labels can also define and artificially limit the way that an individual may think of themselves, and perhaps inadvertently push others to lower their expectations of an individual once they are labeled with a disability. While in retrospect, labeling perhaps helps groups of individuals who have disabilities in common form a group identity. Labeling may also provide access to proper accessibility and support.

Are disability labels necessary? Do they do more harm than good? Do they force an identity? Do labels and changing definitions help or hinder our understanding of an individual’s lived experience? What are the implications of ‘disclosing’ a disability label? Could we imagine a life without labels?


Call for Outsider Artists from Community Arts Council of Vancouver!

Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival: Fall 2021

Applications for Visual and Performing Outsider Artists Open Now


We are offering Info Sessions where you will learn about the festival and get assistance with the application process.  To reserve your spot, please email 

For All the Details on How to Apply Visit: