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To be eligible you must meet the following requirements.

The applicant 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. (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 are 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 enter this award. Editors, producers and curators are also eligible.

You may submit only one application for the award each year.

Selection Criteria

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?
  1. 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?
  1. Project viability
  • Is the project achievable?
  • Is it likely to be completed within your timetable?
  • Is the budget realistic?

Assessment Panel Members

The following assessment panel will judge applications according to the selection criteria.


Liz Crawford – National Practice Leader, Executive Search and Selection, KPMG & Access Arts Management Committee Member

Liz has more than 14 years’ experience in international executive search and selection and HR advisory services.  During her early career in the publishing and commercial furniture/fit-out industries, she developed her capabilities in project management, client relationship management, general management and leadership.  This led to her transition into executive search and selection with a couple of national firms, before starting Pro Performance Pty Ltd, providing services in executive search and selection, remuneration benchmarking, HR advice and organisational capacity building.

Since joining KPMG in 2005, Liz has progressed to National Practice Leader in 2011. She has assisted clients in the private and public sectors in the appointment of CEOs and senior executives, and has also served on a not for profit board.

Her extramural activities centre on her passion for leadership and working with communities to achieve beneficial outcomes.

Tarragh Cunningham – Visual Arts Expert & Assistant Director, Development and Commercial Services, QAGOMA

As the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art’s Assistant Director, Development and Commercial Services, Tarragh Cunningham is responsible for audience attraction, retention and development, and the Gallery’s self-managed commercial services.

Tarragh has worked in the museum and gallery sector for 17 years. She was previously QAGOMA’s Exhibitions Manager since 2008 and prior to that Exhibitions Manager at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), where she also held various positions since 1996. She has undertaken post-graduate studies in Arts Management and Museum leadership, and completed the Asialink Leaders Program in 2013.

She has worked closely on the two most recent Asia Pacific Triennials of Contemporary Art, the Gallery’s flagship international contemporary art event and the only major exhibition series in the world to focus exclusively on the contemporary art of Asia, the Pacific and Australia.

James Cunningham –  Co-Artistic Director of Igneous, a Brisbane-based inter-media and performance company & Access Arts Management Committee Member

James graduated in Dance Performance from the Centre for the Performing Arts, Adelaide, in 1988. He has been Co-Artistic Director (with Suzon Fuks) of Igneous, a Brisbane-based multimedia and performance company since its establishment in 1997.  With Igneous, he co-choreographed and performed in stage shows, performance-installations, video-dance works and networked/online performances in various festivals and cities around the world, including Nuit Blanche Toronto, BIAM Paris, Theater der Velt Stuttgart, and, with DV8 Physical Theater, the Olympic Cultural Festival in Sydney.

James received a career development grant from Arts Queensland in 2010 to attend “Live.Media+Performance.Lab” in New York, and in 2013 co-presented a research project at the International Symposium of Electronic Art in Sydney. Projects he has been lead artist for have received funding from Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Queensland, Brisbane City Council, and the NSW Ministry for the Arts.

He co-choreographed and performed in the video-dance “Fragmentation” — nominated for a ReelDance Award, and the performance-installation “Mirage” — shortlisted for an Ausdance Australian Dance Award.

Katie Woods – CEO Queensland Writers Centre

Katie has over twenty years’ experience working in the arts and cultural sector and is passionate about literature and writing. She has worked across a range of public programming roles at the State Library of Queensland, most recently as the Manager of Reading Writing and Ideas. Prior to this Katie was the Orchestra Manager of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

A former classical musician, Katie has a Bachelor of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and a post graduate diploma from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Suellen Maunder – Artistic Director, CEO and co-founder of Cairns’ JUTE Theatre Company

JUTE Theatre Company has developed a nationwide reputation as a leader in regional theatre. Under Suellen’s passionate leadership, JUTE has delivered over two decades of dynamic theatre and professional practices. Suellen is committed to telling new Australian stories, supporting regional artists and developing the theatrical appetite of regional audiences.