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Access Arts Achievement Award

2021 Access Arts Achievement Award winner

Karen Lee Roberts

Accomplished Brisbane-based cabaret artist Karen Lee Roberts has been awarded the Access Arts Achievement Award for 2021. Karen will use the $10,000 grant to produce a new collaborative work Sex and Other Philosophies.

About the award

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 tour their work. This is a fantastic opportunity to extend the life of an existing work, or create a new one!


Important Dates

  • Applications Open for Submission: September 2022 (Date TBC)
  • Applications Close for Submission: November 2022 (Date TBC)
  • Award Winner advised: December 2022


Projects may take place between: 1 January and 31 December 2023


Applications will be assessed by a professional panel who will be looking out for innovative, viable projects with artistic and/or cultural merit, which will provide opportunity for professional development.


Information for Access Arts Achievement Award 2022 Applications will be available June 2022.

The Access Arts Achievement Award is proudly sponsored by CPL – Choice, Passion, Life.

Achievement Award winner Alexandra Ellen

2020 Access Arts Achievement Award winner

Alexandra Ellen

Alexandra Ellen is a Brisbane-based multidisciplinary artist, actor and musician who regularly performs with Indelability Arts. She calls her arts practice “therapeutic creativity. 

HIGHLY COMMENDED 2020 Access Arts Achievement Award

Ruby Donohoe

Due to the high quality of applicants in 2020, we also recognised a second artist with a Highly Commended award. Ruby Donohoe received $5,000 to develop her performance piece, JERK, which explores her experience living with epilepsy.

Group photo of Ruby and officials at KPMG exhibition

Past recipients of the Access Arts Achievement Award

Click on any of the names below to learn more about the artist and their achievements:

2020: Alexandra Ellen

2019: Lauren Watson

2018: Carol Taylor

2017: Freya Toussaint

2016: Alexander Procopis

2015: Emma Le Strange

2014: Doug Robins