Australia Council is committing $750K over three years to support and recognise the artistic careers of those with disabilities. Australia Council CEO Tony Grybowski made the announcement at Meeting Place, the national forum on arts and disability.
“Artists with disability create powerful work. This work offers unique insights which can shift perspectives and redefine art forms. It’s imperative we empower artists with disability to achieve their artistic ambitions, so that the arts truly reflect the diversity of our nation.”
This investment is building on the Council’s previous commitments. The new commitment of $250K each year for the next three years will support artists with disabilities through structured mentorships, and two new awards that will increase the visibility of our country’s established artists and rising stars, all commencing in 2019.
These new investments are inspired by the results of recent Australia Council research: Creating Pathways and Making Art Work. The research shows the importance of agency, ownership, success stories and role models in creating pathways for other artists with disabilities. It highlights the need for greater investment, as artists with disabilities are still under-represented among professional artists and often earn half the wage of able-bodied artists.
The Australia Council is committed to promoting greater access and inclusion for everyone in the arts sector. This involves helping artists with disabilities, and you can read their Disability Action Plan for more information.