National Arts and Disability Awards

On the International Day of People with Disability, please join us to recognise Australian artists and arts-workers who have made an outstanding contribution to the artistic and cultural life of the nation.

Date: Thursday 3 December 2020
Time: 2.00pm - 3.00pm AEDT 


We will update this page over the coming weeks with details on how you can tune in and send your congratulations to the recipients. 

The event will be live captioned, Auslan interpreted and will give you the option to register for audio description prior to the event. 

Celebrations that bring us together when we are physically apart are very important in these uncertain times. Due to the impact of COVID-19, the recipients of this year’s awards will be revealed during a live streamed event with a difference... and we’d love everyone to join! Please share this invitation with your networks. This is an inclusive and accessible online event.

The awards

Through a partnership between Arts Access Australia and the Australia Council for the Arts, this event encompasses the presentation of the following awards:

  • National Leadership Award, Arts Access Australia
  • National Arts and Disability Award (Emerging Artist), Australia Council for the Arts
  • National Arts and Disability Award (Established Artist), Australia Council for the Arts

Please contact Arts Access Australia to further discuss specific access needs.

Text/phone: +61 419 201 338

2019 Awards recipients:

Dion Beasley 
Australia Council National Arts and Disability Award (Emerging Artist) ($20,000)

The award-winning artist and illustrator behind ‘Cheeky Dogs’, Dion Beasley is a 28 year old Alywarr man who lives in Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory. He uses his passion for drawing as a means of communicating with others. 

Learn more about Dion. 

Janice Florence 
Australia Council National Arts and Disability Award (Established Artist) ($50,000)

Janice is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Weave Movement Theatre. Based in Melbourne, Janice has been a pioneering force in the field of inclusive dance and physical theatre for the past 30 years and in the wider arts sector. 

Learn more about Janice. 

Madeleine Little 
Arts Access Australia’s National Leadership Award ($10,000)

Madeleine is a passionate theatremaker who is currently researching accessible theatre practice at the University of Southern Queensland. She is dedicated to a disability-led future, with a mission to pursue greater opportunities, resources, advocacy and recognition for all Deaf and disabled artists and arts workers in Australia.

Learn more about Madeleine.  

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