CALLING all artists, arts workers, and producers with a disability in Queensland. Applications are now open for the 2021 Access Arts Achievement Award.

With $10,000 up for grabs, the Access Arts Achievement Award supports all forms of art and provides funding for Queensland artists with a disability to create, develop, present, produce, exhibit, and tour their work.

Manager of Access Arts Tim Brown said the Access Arts Achievement Award was established so artists with disability could excel in their careers and have an opportunity to follow their dreams, which may have been harder to reach without funding.

“The sky is the limit when it comes to the project each artist puts forward, presenting a fantastic opportunity for artists to extend the life of an existing piece or create a new one,” Tim said.

“Anyone who has a creative dream that needs support bringing it to life, this is for you! We are open to all projects, so whether you are a musician, dancer, painter, sketcher, crafter or designer, we want to hear from you.”

Now in its eighth year, the Access Arts Achievement Award has made a significant difference to the careers of its previous winners. From publishing books and producing music, to painting prints and designing clothing lines, each winner has used the funding and support from Access Arts to excel.

Previous Award winners have come from all over Queensland, from Cairns to the Gold Coast. 2019 winner and aerial performer Lauren Watson recently debuted her show ‘Nerve’ at this year’s Undercover Artist Festival.

Applications will be assessed by a professional panel who will be looking for innovative, viable projects with artistic and/or cultural merit, which will provide opportunity for professional development. Submissions are open until November 2021.

To apply, visit the Access Arts website.


Arna-Leah Bullivant
Media and Communications Specialist
M: 0402 818 734

Mandy Plumb
Media and Communications Manager
M: 0412 702 802

About Access Arts

  • Access Arts is a leading Queensland arts organisation delivering visual and performing arts workshops for people who experience disability or disadvantage.
  • For nearly 40 years, Access Arts has been empowering people with disability or disadvantage to build successful careers in the arts.
  • In 2019, Access Arts became a wholly-owned subsidiary of CPL – Choice, Passion, Life. CPL is one of the largest providers of integrated therapy, support, and advice for people with a disability in Queensland and Northern New South Wales.