Stella Young schol­ar­ship

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Young artists with a dis­abil­ity can ap­ply for a help­ing hand cour­tesy of a new award honour­ing late Stawell dis­abil­ity ac­tivist, writer and co­me­dian Stella Young.

Young, born and raised in Stawell, died un­ex­pect­edly in De­cem­ber 2014.

Ac­cess Arts Vic­to­ria has opened ap­pli­ca­tions for the in­au­gu­ral Stella Young Award, which recog­nises the power of the arts to in­flu­ence so­cial change.

The award recog­nises young Aus­tralian artists with a dis­abil­ity, aged 16 to 30, who have demon­strated ‘sig­nif­i­cant im­pact or achieve­ment in dis­abil­ity ac­tivism through their artis­tic prac­tice in comedy, per­form­ing arts or screen cul­ture’.

The award hon­ours Young’s achieve­ments, par­tic­u­larly through her early work with Dis­abil­ity Me­dia Aus­tralia on the pro­gram No Lim­its.

The pi­o­neer­ing pro­gram chal­lenged the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of dis­abil­ity in Aus­tralian screen cul­ture.

The award em­pha­sises Young’s re­sound­ing call to ac­tion around dis­abil­ity pride: You get proud by prac­tic­ing.

The an­nual $3000 award will sup­port the pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment of young artists with a dis­abil­ity to help en­sure the ‘next gen­er­a­tion of ac­tivists who are driven by cre­ativ­ity and pas­sion to trans­form our so­ci­ety’.

The suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cant must be a per­son with a dis­abil­ity, who is deaf, neu­ro­di­verse or has ex­pe­ri­enced men­tal health is­sues, is be­tween the ages of 16 and 30 and is an Aus­tralian res­i­dent.

Peo­ple can visit­sac­ au for more in­for­ma­tion or to ap­ply by May 25.

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