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Artist Talks For The Creatively Driven

The Creative Kick understands that sometimes you need a little bit of inspiration from local artist talks. Creative folx generously donate their time to inspire attendees with words of wisdom and experience. Our interdisciplinary topics cover business tips, creative process, work/life balance, and mental health. If it's important to commercial and visual artists, it's important to us.


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Local Artist Interviews: Sunday Stories

In the winter of 2020/21, we went live on Instagram to talk to artists across Nova Scotia. We asked them how their practice has changed since the pandemic. As well as what gets their creative juices flowing and why they do what they do.

We interview designers, illustrators, animators, photographers, crafters, painters... you name it! There is sure to be a story or experience that will resonate with you.


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Creativity During the Pandemic Panel

On May 21, 2020, the Creative Kick invited four commercial artists to talk candidly about struggling as a creative during the pandemic.

The conversation had panelists opening up about going through the first wave. Mixed in were moments of reflection, laughter and insight any artist will find inspiring during hard times.


Live Event Artist Talks

We've been running meetups and live artist talks since 2013. While they may be on pause due to the pandemic, we have collected them here for your viewing.

“MOD Lewis: Lessons From Making Like Maudie” with Andrew Burke

November 4, 2019

Presentation by Star Ships Start Here creator Andrew Burke about his latest inspiration: Maude Lewis

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Art Pays Me LIVE Podcast Recording

August 27, 2019

We were proud to present “Art Pays Me Podcast LIVE” with interviews of Élana Camille Saimovici and Geordan Moore. If finding out how other Halifax folk find success in their creative business, these two podcast episodes are for you!

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Become A Con Artist: selling at conventions and markets with April M Baird

July 29, 2019

Let April help you navigate the world of selling at conventions through the helpful force that is the Maritime Con Artists Group.

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Happy Good Make Feel Nice: How Art Turns A Profit

June 4, 2019

How do you make money from your art? Well, Liz Mac has a very unique take on this, and it has something to do with engaging your ideal audience in some surprising ways.

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“Design for TV Development” with Rafael Ziah Franco Recap

May 5, 2019

What is the intersection of design and show pitches? Rafael Ziah Franco had a lot to say about this. On April 23rd, more than 30 animators, designers, drawers and the curious took in his talk.

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Know Your Worth: Communication Strategies for Dealing with Clients From Hell

February 15, 2019

Kyle Carpenter, editor in chief of, dished out communication strategies for dealing with Clients From Hell. Man, we’ve all been there…

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Imposter’s Syndrome For Creative Professionals with Sunil Sarwal

November 2, 2018

“The Imposter Syndrome: How to make it when you feel like you’re faking it. A talk for creatives” was given by Sunil Sarwal of The Small Monsters. Sunil spoke about his own journey dealing with Imposter’s Syndrome, and how it affected his education and career.

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