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 […]

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 […]

This World, Stalled by Mildred Grace German

A pandemia. The world is in chaos. Is the world paused? I was in my room thinking of the world outside. Paused. ​ This World, Stalled. I asked, “What is STILL? When and where and why STILL? Why stay still?” Because the killings do not stop.The killings of our human rights defenders, journalists, cultural workers, […]

Feature Artist of The Week: Trevor Buddin

Artist Bio    Trevor Buddin has been creating outstanding art pieces since elementary school. Throughout his school years, Trevor was inspired by colours and how they blend to tell a story on a canvas of life. The weekend prior to the accident he had enrolled in art classes at Emily Carr and was excited to pursue […]

Artist Development Grant Mentor Meeting

As part of being awarded our Geoff McMurchy Artist Development Grant, Kickstart arranges a one time meeting with an Artist/Mentor in your field of practice. We are thrilled to have been able to arrange a meeting with Kagan Goh’s requested Mentor, Tetsuro Shigematsu. Kagan has been kind enough to share this experience with our community, […]

2020 AGM Announcement

Kickstart invites you to join us for our 2020 Annual General Meeting All current and potential members welcome! WHEN: Monday September 28th at 6pm – 8pm WHERE:  Zoom (a link will be emailed to you one week prior) HOW TO REGISTER: https://forms.gle/8b1FhifxggKgd3BP7 ASL and Closed Caption will be provided. Our AGM is an opportunity for members to […]

Inseparable: The Creative Life During Times of Crisis

A Submission By Sandra Yuen MacKay During the last few months of the pandemic, I’ve felt a sense of loss, despondency and separation from others. As a person with mental illness, these feelings were exaggerated and accompanied by fear and obsessive thinking. I couldn’t teach and exhibitions were cancelled. I also developed tendonitis in my […]