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The Lesley Hall Arts and Disability Scholarship

The Lesley Hall Arts and Disability Scholarship is an annual scholarship offered by Arts Access Victoria, recognising the power of the arts to influence social change.

  • Applications open from 1 October to 31 October 2017
  • Winner receives $5000 scholarship and 12-month internship

Update: Arts Access Victoria is pleased to announce an increase of $2,000 to the Lesley Hall Arts and Disability Scholarship, bringing the scholarship to a total of $5,000. This has been made possible through a generous donation by friends of Lesley Hall.

Honouring the life and activism of the late Lesley Hall, a tireless advocate for the human rights of people with disability, this program will support a winning applicant to deliver an arts project or artwork that highlights the experience of disability, promotes human rights for people with disability or advocates for social change. 

The scholarship prize is a $5,000 grant and a 12-month internship at AAV, working with mentors to develop advocacy skills and networks. This rare leadership development opportunity aims to encourage people with a disability to express the lived experience of disability in contemporary society through art.

The successful applicant will be a person with disability, who is Deaf or has a lived experience of mental health issues who presents a compelling idea for creative project that reveals the experience of disability and provokes debate about human rights and disability.

How to apply

Applications close at 5pm on 31 October 2017.

Download the Frequently Asked Questions pack (Word, 279KB) and the application form (Word, 275KB). For more information, please contact Arts Access Victoria.

Event type: Other. Title: Inclusive movement-based program for Adults in the City of Melton. Date: Oct 3–26 2017. Ticket cost: FREE

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Event type: Exhibition. Title: Why Art. Date: Oct 12–Dec 14 2017. Ticket cost: Free Accessibility features: Accessible venue,


Event type: Other. Title: Berlin Arts Exchange Crowd Funding Campaign. Date: Oct 13–Nov 10 2017. Ticket cost: Crowdfunding