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Stella Young Award 2020

Arts Access Victoria cherishes the memory of our collaborator Stella Young and honours her by awarding a young Australian disabled artist each year with $3,000.

Stella Young.

Applications open 29 July and close Monday 14 September at 5.00 pm.

This is a great opportunity for young disabled artists aged between 16 and 30 years old to be recognised for their impact on disability activism and culture through their artistic practice (in comedy, performing arts or screen culture).

Applicants must:

  • identify as a Deaf and/or Disabled person;
  • have created work (paid or voluntary) in either comedy, performing arts or screen culture;
  • be between the ages of 16 and 30;
  • be a permanent resident of Australia; and
  • have made a powerful impact through their practice.

Download the Application Form and FAQs to apply. 

Submit your application by 5.00 pm on Monday 14 September 2020 to Eva Sifis (Project Officer) at

The Stella Young Award was established in 2018 in Young’s name. It recognises her impact on society through her early work with Disability Media Australia, in particular, the program ‘No Limits’, which challenged the representation of disability in Australian screen. As Young said, “You get proud by practicing” and, in this spirit, we aim to help the next generation of artists and activists with disability by awarding the talents of those trying to challenge the system today.

Vanessa Jo Di Natale, 2019’s Stella Young Award winner, said “Winning the Stella Young Award 2019 helped me build confidence. It put me in a stronger position to attract the support of more established creatives for the story I wanted to tell in my play ‘Breeders’. Because I had the backing of Arts Access Victoria and I was someone whose values would have aligned with Stella’s. This award opens up avenues not only for the winner but the disability arts community!”

Read Vanessa Jo Di Natale article on ArtsHub about what happened to her after winning the Stella Young Award.

Below, you can watch the previous two winners, Madeleine Little and Vanessa Jo Di Natale, speak at last year’s ‘The Art of Pride: Deaf & Disabled Artist Networking Event’.

The award is made possible by the amazing work and legacy of Disability Media Australia (formerly Grit Media). We thank everyone involved with the organisation and those involved in the production of ‘No Limits’.