This fellowship supports a Deaf or disabled artist, or an artist who has a disability or impairment, or lived experience of mental distress to undertake a project that develops their arts practice. It is open to artists exploring artforms that include but are not limited to dance, film, creative writing, music, theatre, ngā toi Māori, Pacific arts, visual arts, ceramics and sculpture.
Arts Access Aotearoa embraces the diverse ways that the experiences of Deaf and disabled people; people with disabilities and impairments; and people with lived experience of mental distress shape their arts practice. Don’t hesitate to include anything you would like to share about what this means for you: for example, writing from bed.
Please note: there is no requirement or expectation your art relates to themes of disability.
The recipient of the fellowship receives $10,000. It is sponsored by PAK’nSAVE Lower Hutt and Petone. We anticipate the project will take around 200 hours to complete within a 12-month period. You may choose to work with a mentor as part of your project.
Eligibility criteria: Is this fellowship for me?
You can be self-taught or formally trained but you need to show evidence of an arts practice. You also need to be:
- an artist with a physical, sensory or intellectual disability, or an artist who is Deaf, or has lived experience of mental distress
- at least 18 years of age
- a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.
The fellowship money CANNOT be used for:
- any academic course of study
- any competition or fundraising
- previous expenses.
It CAN be used for:
- salaries and fees
- travel required for the project
- access-related costs for the project.
The decision-making process
Proposals will be reviewed in terms of the assessment criteria. The panel of arts professionals evaluating the proposals will include at least one Deaf and/or disabled person. An Arts Access Aotearoa staff member will support the panel but will not be involved in the assessment and decision-making.
The decision-making panel will consider the following factors to evaluate each proposal:
- A carefully considered project idea
- Achievability of the project
- Evidence of arts practice
- A clear documentation process for the project
- A completed application.