Stella Young Award 2020 Giving Young Disabled artists recognition for their impact.

Posted 6 August 2020

Stella Young Award 2020 Giving Young Disabled artists recognition for their impact.

Arts Access Victoria cherishes the memory of their collaborator Stella Young and honours her by awarding a young Australian disabled artist each year with $3,000.

The Stella Young Award was established in 2018 in Young’s name. It recognises her impact on society through her early work with Disability Media Australia, in particular, the program ‘No Limits’, which challenged the representation of disability in Australian screen. As Young said, “You get proud by practicing” and, in this spirit, we aim to help the next generation of artists and activists with disability by awarding the talents of those trying to challenge the system today.

This is a great opportunity for young disabled artists aged between 16 and 30 years old to be recognised for their impact on disability activism and culture through their artistic practice (in comedy, performing arts or screen culture).

“Winning the Stella Young Award 2019 helped me build confidence. It put me in a stronger position to attract the support of more established creatives for the story I wanted to tell in my play ‘Breeders’. Because I had the backing of Arts Access Victoria and I was someone whose values would have aligned with Stella’s. This award opens up avenues not only for the winner but the disability arts community!” – Vanessa Jo Di Natale, 2019’s Stella Young Award winner

Download the application form and FAQs to apply.

Submit your application by 5.00 pm on Monday 14 September 2020 to Eva Sifis (Project Officer) at

Applications are now open and close Monday 14 September at 5.00 pm.

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