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, […]

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 […]

DOCUMENTING CORONA: SIGNS OF THE TIMES

A Blog Post by Trish Malcomess The Renaissance, one of the greatest outpouring of art in human history, emerged out of the Black Plague. It is interesting that corona means a white circle or set of concentric circles of light seen around a luminous body. With this in mind during this season of surreality, isolation […]

Call for Blog Submissions

Inseparable: The Creative Life During Times of CrisisJoin Kickstart in documenting the creative life during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are looking for literary, visual or performative artistic submissions from disability identified artists in our community. These works will investigate the creative process in this time of isolation, economic and health precariousness, and social uncertainty. Examples […]

Feature Artist Of The Week: Karen Colville

“Capturing the light is everything, it may seem it is everything, it  truly is an exploration of concepts, surfaces and memories of what the experience is in that very moment .As a plein air painter, it is always the light and in the moment, that I remember most about any location. It is my inspiration, […]