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The Stella Young Award 2019

Applications open 30 April and close Friday 14 June, 5.00 pm 

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.

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

Applicants must:

  • be a person with disability, mental health lived experience or who is Deaf/deaf;
  • have created work (paid or voluntary) in either comedy, performing arts or screen culture;
  • be between the ages of 16 and 30;
  • be permanent resident of Australia; and
  • have made a powerful impact through their practice.

Download the application form and FAQs to apply. 

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.

Maddie Little, 2018’s Stella Young Award winner, said “Receiving the inaugural Stella Young Award added a sense of credibility to my name. The Stella Young Award exposed me to a wider network of professional contacts, and I can present a higher quality theatrical work implementing the accessible theatre practice methodology I've been researching.”

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.

Event type: Information session. Title: Writers Victoria, Art, NDIS & You. Date: May 29 2019. Ticket cost: Free Accessibility features: Accessible venue,

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Event type: Other. Title: Artist Networking Sessions. Date: May 30 2019. Ticket cost: Free Accessibility features: Accessible venue, Auslan interpreted,

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Event type: Information session. Title: City of Melbourne 2020 annual arts grant info session at AAVNew Event. Date: May 30 2019. Ticket cost: Free Accessibility features: Accessible venue, Auslan interpreted,

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