30 of the Best TED Talks to Inspire Creativity

Marina Abramovic Best TED Talks

Performance artist Marina Abramovic giving her TED Talk in March 2015. (Photo: TED)

Held annually since 1990, TED Talks have become a go-to source for those looking to learn and be inspired. Creative TED Talks have become a staple of the conferences, with world-renowned artists, photographers, authors, and creative thinkers sharing the secrets of their success.

By showcasing their ideas in 18 minutes or less, the most interesting TED Talk speakers are pushed to open up and let us into their processes. Who wouldn't want to know what makes performance artist Marina Abramović tick or what motivates war photographer James Nachtwey to put his life on the line in the name of photojournalism?

These TED Talks are also an incredible way to get new ideas on the creative process and learn how you can change your mentality to get inspired and invigorated. By seeing how others are using their art to create positive change in the world, one can't help be pushed into action.

With this in mind, we've curated our list of the 30 best TED Talks about art, inspiration, and creativity. Whether you're an artist yourself or simply interested in the creative world, you won't want to miss these thought-provoking talks.

Best TED Talks On Creativity and Imagination


Next: Watch more TED Talks on how art can spark positive change.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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