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Lesley Hall Arts and Disability Scholarship 2020 is open for applications

The Lesley Hall Scholarship is an annual program for Victorian Deaf and Disabled artists and advocates. The scholarship prize is a $5,000 grant and a 12-month residency at Arts Access Victoria.

Two women talking to each other. The one on the right is Lesley Hall.

Applications are now open and close on Monday 16 November at 5 pm.

Express your lived experience and advocate for disabled people through art! This program supports the winner to deliver a new arts project that challenges assumptions about disability. The artwork can be visual art, photography, poetry, writing, short film or a theatrical or dance piece.

There are three criteria that applicants must meet. You must:

  • identify as a Deaf and/or Disabled person;
  • live in Victoria; and
  • have a new project or idea (that you have not started) that represents the disability experience.

Download the Application Form and the Frequently Asked Questions and get applying!

Submit your application by 5 pm on Monday 16 November to Eva Sifis at Eva is the Project Officer at Arts Access Victoria. You can also contact Eva on 9699 8299 (voice only) if you have any questions, or would like to submit it in an alternative format.

Through this scholarship, we honour the activism and legacy of our late Board Chair Lesley Hall. Lesley was a tireless advocate for the human rights of disabled people. She became famous for protesting the Miss Australia Quest in 1981. And she influenced the formation of the NDIS, amongst many other achievements.