$30,000 Fellowship to support artists with disability

A new $30,000 fellowship that will boost the professional development of an artist with disability has been launched as part of the NSW Government’s commitment to support artists’ careers.

The Artist with Disability Fellowship, developed in collaboration with Accessible Arts, is open to professional mid-career or established artists working in any art form, including music, theatre, visual arts, or writing, who identify as having a disability.

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the inaugural fellowship is the first of its kind in Australia and will make a huge difference to the career of the successful candidate.

“It will enable a professional mid-career or established artist to expand their experience by undertaking development activities such as travel, mentorships or internships with practitioners, short-term courses or research and development.

Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka said the NSW Government was determined to help people with disability realise their potential and live life their way.

“Everyone, including people with disability, should be able to create and enjoy art. The NSW Government is working hard to get more people with disability involved in the arts – whether as artists or audience members,” Mr Ajaka said.

Today’s Fellowship announcement at the Arts Activated conference follows the unveiling of Screen NSW’s new Screenability NSW program, providing internships at some of Australia’s leading TV broadcasters and production companies.

Applications for the 2017 Artist with Disability Fellowship today and close on Monday 19 December 2016.

For further information about the application process, including assessment and eligibility criteria, please click here or email arts.funding@arts.nsw.gov.au.

Artist with Disability Fellowship application information can be downloaded from the Arts NSW website in screen reader compatible Word format.

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Published: 20 September 2016