National Arts and Disability Awards

The Australia Council National Arts and Disability Awards celebrate the work and achievements of both established and emerging artists, and the significant contribution of artists with disability to the vibrancy of Australian arts. 

As a three year initiative from 2019-21, two new national awards will be awarded annually in December for International Day for People with Disability. The awards will recognise an established artist and an emerging artist.

Further details on nominations and assessment criteria will be published in February 2019.


About the awards

In September 2018, the Australia Council announced  a new arts and disability commitment over three years (2019-21) following research and evaluation of support of artists with disability. The findings highlight the importance of role models and mentors, and of disability-led practice. This informed two new three-year initiatives focusing Australia Council support for arts and disability to identified need and impact: the National Arts and Disability Awards, and the Arts and Disability Mentoring Initiative 2019-21.


Categories

The National Arts and Disability Award (Established Artist) celebrates the achievements of an Australian artist:

  • whose outstanding and sustained contribution to their chosen field/s of arts practice has been recognised nationally and/or internationally. 

The recipient of this award will receive $50,000.


The National Arts and Disability Award (Emerging Artist) recognises a young Australian artist demonstrating outstanding leadership, who:

  • is 35 years of age or under (at the time of nomination)
  • has made an outstanding contribution to their chosen field/s of practice.

The recipient of this award will receive $20,000.

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