New Wave: Disabled Visual Artists Under 30

Sometimes starting as tiny ripples a wave has the capacity to carry us, toss us, crash into us, and engulf us altogether. New Wave is an online exhibit that features the artwork of eight disabled youth artists.

Through this online exhibit, the multimedia works of art might start as a tiny ripple, but throughout the months of October, November, and December the online exhibit and its virtual programming will draw you in and show you the strength of the voices of disabled youth.

Participating Artists: Nina Aldewood, Vee CR, Megan Dewar, Taryn Goodwin, Laura Rechwan, Pree Rehal, Midori Ryans and Emily Tironi

Visit the Virtual Gallery:

International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Virtual Closing Celebration!

International Day of Persons with Disabilities (or IDPD), was introduced by the United Nations in 1992 to celebrate the accomplishments and achievements that persons with disabilities contribute to our community.
The purpose of IDPD is to: Promote an understanding of disability issues; Mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of people with disabilities; and, Increase awareness of the value of integrating people with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic, and cultural life.​ In recognition of this day, we decided to close our exhibition on December 3rd and throw a Virtual Celebration!

Join us on ZOOM for an evening of art & community, including performances by two award winning spoken word artists, and a DJ set during our intermission!

This event will give us space to come together to watch some incredible performances by disabled artists, honour the artists who exhibited their work in the online exhibition, and celebrate ourselves and our community on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Friday December 3rd, 2021
5:30pm – 7:30pm (PST)
On Zoom
Register to Attend HERE

ASL & Live Captioning Available

In collaboration with NEW WAVE Online Exhibit, we are excited to present a small series of creative workshops presented by some of the participating artists!

All sessions are FREE and open to ALL!

Upcoming Workshops:

Zine Making Workshop with Pree Rehal
Saturday November 20th: 1:00pm – 3:00pm (PST)
On ZOOM – ASL & Live Captioning Available

Join Pree Rehal for a community building zine workshop! Pree will talk about links between community, activism and zine making, and then lead participants through options on how to create their own zine. No previous zine or arts experience required!

Supplies Needed: plain paper, something to write with and scissors. 
Optional supplies if you want to get ~fancy~: your favourite stationary, washi tape, stickers and collaging materials!

Making Abstract Art with Midori Ryans
Tuesday November 23rd: 6:00pm – 8:00pm (PST)
On Zoom – ASL & Auto Generated Captioning Available

Abstract art at first glance can look easy, but then your first attempt looks like the aftermath of a toddler’s lunch.

How do abstract artists do it? What is the difference between abstract art, and a plain mess? How do we guide the eye, evoke emotion, and generate curiosity with imagery that barely tells of a line?

 In Midori’s workshop, participants will learn things like the rule of three, balancing soft and hard lines, guiding the eye, and creative spatter, and how to apply these to abstract art.

Supplies Needed: any basic painting surfaces and supplies 


Intuition & Your Art Practice with Laura Rechwan
Saturday November 27th: 1:00pm – 3:00pm (PST)
On ZOOM – ASL & Live Captioning Available

We all have an intuitive sense, but learning to listen to it takes time and practice. This workshop will guide you through tips and techniques for working with your intuition while making art. The discussions and exercises are designed to connect you with your inner voice and learn to overcome doubt. Join this workshop for a fun and engaging journey connecting with your creative intuition.

This workshop will take place remotely over the zoom platform. The workshop content is planned to be about an hour long, with an additional 15 minutes for questions or open discussions at the end. The workshop will feature a balance of instructor presentation, facilitated group discussions, and individual and group exercises with lots of opportunities for participants to ask questions

Lead by Laura Rechwan, who has many years of experience as a professional artist, instructor, and arts administrator. As the daughter of a Psychic Intuitive Medium, listening to her creative intuition has always been an integral part of her art practice and she loves to share her knowledge and passion with other artists.


*PLEASE NOTE: you must register to attend workshops to receive the ZOOM link. Registration will be open until 1hr prior to the event or until full*

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.

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