Geoff McMurchy Artist Development Grant 2022 Recipient Announcement

Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture would like to announce the selection of bailey macabre as our 2022 Geoff McMurchy Artist Development Grant Winner! bailey macabre (they/them) is a disabled, agender nêhiyaw ayâhkwêw + michif/ukrainian indigiqueer multidisciplinary self- taught artist. they are passionate about bright colours, Indigenous sovereignty, language revitalization, and identity; these themes are often […]

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, […]

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: 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 […]

Feature Artist Of The Week: Sandra Yuen MacKay

Artist Bio Sandra Yuen MacKay has dealt with barriers, stigma and mental health issues. She has painted for most of her adult life. Her medium is mainly acrylic painting and her content includes florals, city scenes and abstracts. Creativity is her passion and a key to her health and wellness. She attended the Emily Carr […]

Feature Artist of The Week: Trish Malcomess

Born and raised in South Africa, Trish lives in the Comox Valley where her practice is often inspired and informed by the natural environment to be found on Vancouver Island. Her concern for the human condition is often reflected in her interdisciplinary work, blurring boundaries between sculpture, ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, and life. She is interested […]