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Stella Young Award 2018 applications open

The Stella Young Award is an annual award offered by Arts Access Victoria, recognising the power of the arts to influence social change.


Arts Access Victoria is delighted to announce the inaugural Stella Young Award. This award recognises young Australian artists with disability (aged between 16 – 30) who have demonstrated significant impact or achievement in disability activism through their artistic practice in comedy, performing arts or screen culture. 

The award, established in Stella Young’s name, recognises the important achievements of the late Stella Young, particularly through her early work with Disability Media Australia on the program No Limits, a pioneering program which challenged the representation of disability in Australian screen culture. The award particularly emphasises Stella’s resounding call to action around disability pride: You get proud by practicing.

The aim of the award is to support the professional development of young artists with a disability, and ensure we are building the next generation of activists who are driven by creativity and passion to transform our society.

The award has been made possible by the amazing work and legacy of Disability Media Australia (formerly Grit Media) and we thank everyone involved with the organisation and in particular, with the production of No Limits.

  • Awards granted: One each year
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Frequency: Annual
  • Timing: Applications open 24 April 2018 and close 25 May 2018 at 5pm.

The successful applicant must be a person with disability, who is Deaf, neurodiverse or has lived experience of mental health issues, is between the ages of 16 and 30 and is an Australian resident. Through your art and your activism, you are a changemaker. You will be using your artistic practice in comedy, performing arts or screen culture to impact the conversation about disability in your community, shifting or subverting commonly held attitudes about disability to demonstrate the importance of inclusion and equality.

How to apply

Application forms are available for download from the top of this webpage (see blue and white download buttons).

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions for more information or contact Arts Access Victoria on 96998299 or [email protected].


Image: Stella Young

Event type: Performance. Title: Auslan Tours at NGV. Date: May 27–Dec 15 2018. Ticket cost: Accessibility features: Accessible venue, Auslan interpreted,

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Event type: Workshop. Title: Inclusive Yoga Classes . Date: Jul 30–Sep 28 2018. Ticket cost: $6 - $9 Accessibility features: Accessible venue, Accessible for blind/low vision,

Inclusive yoga

Event type: Exhibition. Title: Australian Art Auslan Tour. Date: Aug 18–Dec 15 2018. Ticket cost: Free Accessibility features: Accessible venue, Accessible for blind/low vision, Auslan interpreted,