2017 Artist with Disability Fellowship

The Artist with Disability Fellowship is offered by the State Government, in collaboration with Accessible Arts, to enable a professional NSW artist with disability to undertake a self-directed program of professional development.

The Fellowship is open to artists working in any artform including dance, music, theatre, visual arts, writing, hybrid/interdisciplinary arts and screen content.

The information on this page is a guide only. Before you apply, please read the 2017 Artist with Disability Fellowship Guidelines  for more comprehensive information, including special eligibility requirements and assessment criteria for this funding category. The Guidelines are available for download as PDF or Word.

Applications open: 20 September 2016
Applications close: 19 December 2016 (5pm, AEST – Sydney time)

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply you must:

  • identify as a mid-career/established professional artist
  • be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident, and
  • be a NSW resident (which is defined as residing in NSW for at least 12 months prior to making your application).


  • Funding is available for activities commencing after May 2017.

Funding range:

  • The Fellowship recipient will be awarded $30,000. Please do not request more or less than this amount in your application.

Types of activities funded:

 Activities could include:

  • travel (international and/or national)
  • mentorships or internships with recognised practitioners or organisations
  • residencies at institutions/organisations
  • short-term courses, workshops or other training (Note: The Fellowship is not available to support study which will result in formal tertiary qualification such as a degree)
  • research and development
  • creation of new work (note: provided it is integral to your professional development)
  • access requirements associated with undertaking professional elements of the Fellowship, for example, a personal assistant, Auslan interpreters or audio description
  • any combination of the above.

Applicants are required to read the following documents before applying:

  • 2017 Artist with Disability Fellowship Guidelines (PDF, Word)
  • 2017 Artist with Disability Fellowship Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, Word).

To apply for funding through this Fellowship program you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form on the Arts NSW online application system available from 20 September. 


Contact Us

Arts NSW staff can be contacted at arts.funding@arts.nsw.gov.au or on (02) 9995 0959.

To make a National Relay Service (NRS) call:

  • TTY users phone 133 677 then ask for (02) 9995 0959
  • Speak and Listen users phone 1300 555 727 then ask for (02) 9995 0959
  • Internet relay users connect to the NRS then ask for (02) 9995 0959.

Accessible Arts staff can be contacted at info@aarts.net.au or on (02) 9251 6499.

To make a National Relay Service (NRS) call:

  • TTY users phone 133 677 then ask for +61 2 9251 6499
  • Speak and Listen users phone 1300 555 727 then ask for +61 2 9251 649
  • Internet relay users connect to the NRS then ask for +61 2 9251 6499.
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