The Access Arts Achievement Award provides up to $10,000 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. In 2016 the Award was presented to Alex Procopis.
This is the fourth year (2017) of the $10,000 Award. The Award will continue for a further year, made possible by a generous donation from Access Arts Life Member, singer-song-writer Peter Vance.
Applications will be assessed based on the project’s artistic and/or cultural merit and innovation, opportunity for professional development and project viability.
All kinds of artists are encouraged to apply! Find the Application Form and Guidelines below. Please read the Guidelines carefully before completing your application.
How to Apply
Step 1: Read the Application Guidelines carefully. Then download and complete the Application Form above.
Step 2: Send your completed application form and support materials by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org and CC email@example.com with ‘Access Arts Achievement Award 2017’ in the subject line by no later than midnight on Sunday 10 September 2017.
Please be aware, the maximum file size for sending an email is 15MB. If you application exceeds 15MB your application will not be eligible. If you chose to email your application, we encourage you to apply well in advance to avoid any technical difficulties that may occur.
Step 3: The 2017 winner of the award will be announced on 13 October. Further details of this event will be announced closer to the date.
Step 4: An agreement will be drawn up by Access Arts between the successful applicant and Access Arts.
Step 5: The award winner will liaise with Access Arts Finance Officer on expenditure of the funds. Five per cent will be retained until Access Arts receives the final report and a satisfactory financial acquittal from the Award-winner.
Eligibility & Selection Criteria
To be eligible you must be:
• A practicing artist, arts worker or producer who identifies as experiencing disability
• A Queensland resident
• An Australian citizen or permanent resident
• 18 years of age and over
• A current member of Access Arts Inc.
• You must not be a previous winner, but previous applicants are encouraged to reapply
The funding can be used for, but is not limited to:
• Creation of new work
• Professional fees for artistic or creative services
• Mentorships, training, workshops
• Access costs
• Production costs including staging and venue hire
• Promotion and marketing
• Travel and accommodation (generally not exceeding 15% of project budget)
• Salaries (provided they comply with the recognised industry rate)
• Administration overheads (generally not exceeding 10% of project budget)
• Capital equipment (not more than 50% of project budget)
The funding may not be used for:
• Any academic course of study
• Any competition or fundraising for an entity
• Retrospective expenses
Applicants in all areas of the arts are eligible to apply for this award. Editors, producers and curators are also eligible. You may only submit one application for the award each year.
Applicants will be assessed based on the following selection criteria:
1. Project innovation
• Does the project show a new, innovative and creative approach to arts and culture?
• Does the project demonstrate high levels of artistic and creative practice?
2. Development opportunities and impact on career
• How does the project contribute to your professional development?
• How will it enhance your career opportunities?
• Will it build your confidence as an arts practitioner?
3. Project viability
• Is the project achievable?
• Is it likely to be completed within your timetable?
• Is the budget realistic?