Mentorship Funding for Artists with Disability

Mentorship funding for artists with disability will be available from 2019-21 under a targeted, three year initiative. The initiative is a competitive funding program targeted to artists with disability to support arts project or career development activities where mentorship is a central element. The initiative is targeted to artists with disability who face barriers in accessing the Council’s other programs of support for artists. 

More information on the initiative will be available soon. Applications for the initiative will open in 2019.
Please contact the grants team if you wish to discuss making an application in another grants category.

You can find a case study of funding recently awarded to an artist with disability here


For information and any questions relating to this funding, please contact our Grants Enquiry Team:

Phone (voice): 02 9215 9000 or toll free 1800 226 912
National Relay Service: 1800 555 677  
The National Relay Service offers a range of options for making a call, all of which are welcome. Visit the NRS
Skype: please email us and arrangements will be made for a Skype call.

An Auslan Interpreter Service is available. If you require the use of this service when meeting with our staff, please email us and we will arrange an interpreter. To ensure an interpreter is available we will need to receive your request at least two weeks prior to the meeting.

Arts and disability 


A recent report by the Australia Council outlines key findings across a range of recent evaluation and research on arts and disability. The research has informed the Australia Council’s support for artists with disablity from 2019, including the commitment to mentorship funding for artists with disabilty. Find out more about the findings here.

Disability Action Plan

The Australia Council’s current Disability Action Plan (2017-19) sets out goals and commitments to specific actions across the areas of access, arts practice and leadership. Find out more about the Australia Council’s commitments to disability and inclusion here.

Access resources

To view the Australia Councils Disability Action Plan, and links to Arts and Disability networks please click here.

The Australia Council for the Arts is committed to ensuring greater access to the arts for all Australians. This includes providing access to our programs and services for people with disabilities. To read our Accessibility Statement please click here.

Social Model of disability

The Australia Council embraces the Social Model of disability:

‘Disability’ results from the interaction between persons with impairment, conditions or illnesses and the environmental and attitudinal barriers they face. Such impairments, conditions or illnesses may be permanent, temporary, intermittent or imputed, and include those that are physical, sensory, psychosocial, neurological, medical or intellectual.

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability, 2006 The Social Model of disability distinguishes between the impairment of the person (the condition, illness or loss/lack of function) and disability (the barriers present in society). These barriers are seen as being the disabling factors which prevent or limit opportunities. Disability may be permanent or temporary, and is often not visible. Mental health is included in this definition.

The term ‘disability’ can also include deaf or hard of hearing people. The Deaf community may not always identify as having disability or impairment, and may define themselves as a culturally and linguistically diverse group due to their use of Auslan (Australian Sign Language).


This information is also available for download in docrtf and pdf formats. This information will also form the basis of a captioned video with Auslan interpretation.

Useful Links



Our grants program supports a diverse range of artists, organisations, artistic practice and arts activity.

International Opportunities

International Opportunities

Our international projects are a key market development activity which facilitate and build on the global engagement capability of the Australian arts sector. 



Council has forged partnerships with some of the best residency providers in the world to deliver a suite of residencies that enable the development of individual artists, arts mediators, groups and organisations.

Resources Useful


Learn more through viewing our list of useful links and resources about arts and disability.

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