The Access Arts Achievement Award provides funding for Queensland artists, arts workers and producers with disability working in any art form to create, develop, present, produce, exhibit and/or tour their work. The $10,000 award is made possible by a generous donation from Access Arts Life Member, singer-song-writer Peter Vance.
Applications for the 2018 Access Arts Achievement Award will be open for submission on Monday, 10 September 2018. However, you can get a head start on your application today by clicking here.
Update on last year’s recipient
We recently checked in on the recipient of the 2017 Award, Freya Toussaint, and were amazed by the progress she has made with The Ripple Effect Project. Initiated as a result of Freya securing the Award, the Project explores new approaches to art in the disability sector. Through the Project, she has established the Art for Art’s Sake collective, which provides her and three other young artists with a platform to explore and develop art activities and small business opportunities.
Each of the four artists have partnered with their own experienced practicing artist for mentoring purposes. Weekly workshops are held in a professional studio, where the emerging artists learn new approaches, and support each other in a safe, creative and nurturing environment. These workshops stimulate a strong sense of pride and self-confidence in the young artists, and will also aid their transition into the adult world.
This shared experience has had an immediate effect on Freya. Prior to the formation of the collective, she had never drawn animals. However, after observing one of the other artist’s drawing elephants, she downloaded an image of a dog from the internet and immediately began to paint it. This was a huge change for a young woman who had previously only drawn abstract shapes. She is currently investigating screen printing options with her mentor.
The outcomes of the The Ripple Effect Project will be showcased during three exhibitions in August, and October/November 2018.
Way to go, Freya!