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  • ASL Interpretation
  • Live Captions

April 29, 2022 - April 30, 2022

Info Session: Geoff McMurchy Artist Development Grant Applications

Hosted by Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture

Applications for our annual Geoff McMurchy Artist Development Grant are now open!

Geoff McMurchy (1955–2015), Kickstarts founding Artistic Director, was a pioneer in the local and international disability arts community. Anyone who knew him will tell you that he was an amazing Artist, and a trailblazer in the disability arts and culture community, who influenced a huge number of people.

Geoff’s dream was that disability art be considered on the same level as all art. “My interest is that the art that is presented should not be through the filter of ‘disability’; I would like it to be appreciated as art, and you don’t have to like it,” he once said.

Kickstart wants to keep Geoff’s voice and spirit alive, so in 2019 we created the Geoff McMurchy Artist Development Grant. The grant is given annually to a disabled Artist, residing in British Columbia, working in any media to support them directly with their artistic practice.


  • Must be a resident of British Columbia
  • Must be a practicing artist in any discipline
  • Must identify as: mad, Deaf, disabled, crip, chronically ill, sick, etc (self-identification welcome)

If you have applied in the past, you'll notice there are some changes to the application process and the award, so we have created a 1hr info session to answer any questions that may arise.

This session will involve a short info sharing presentation from our Artistic Director Jenna Reid. A Q&A period will follow. 

Friday April 29th 12pm-1pm (pst) OR Saturday April 30th 12pm-1pm (pst) On ZOOM

Registration is mandatory - we ask you only attend ONE of the two sessions.


ASL and live captioning available.


Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture

PO Box 2749 Station Terminal, Vancouver, BC, V6B 3X2, Canada

Phone number: (604) 343-9141

Email: hello@kickstartdisability.ca

Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture, in Vancouver BC, gives artists with disabilities a voice. This can mean everything from facilitating a disability art group, to bringing an international film to Vancouver, to presenting art exhibitions and concerts. We are committed to supporting and promoting artists in every discipline, with all disabilities (and sometimes collaborations with able-bodied artists). We present the best in Vancouver and BC, and where possible, we bring new voices to Vancouver from across the country and around the world. We support artists and develop audiences for an understanding of disability art. Becoming part of the larger picture, of course, means professionalism. Kickstart is also committed to presenting professional work in a professional context. To coin a phrase “authentic non-sentimental expressions of the disability experience”. In programming and curating, we present cutting-edge work as the artists we present offer distinct perspectives on the human experience – risk taking, artistically engaging, socially relevant and at times, challenging. We are a nonprofit Society and a registered federal charity in Canada, with a small staff and a dedicated crew of volunteers. Please check out one of our events and get involved with us!