Belco Arts Inclusion Award
Artists living with disability or d/Deaf will be celebrated through CAPO’s Belco Arts Inclusion Award, to be presented at CAPO’s annual fundraising Auction and Awards event. This award category, delivered by Belco Arts, will give $2000 in prize money and an exhibition/living studio residency opportunity at Belconnen Arts Centre.
“Disability is experienced by nearly one in five members of our community. This award aims to position and profile d/Deaf artists and artists with disability in the mainstream. We are committed to removing barriers and supporting artists to express themselves and develop their professional practice” says Monika McInerney Artistic Director & Co-CEO Belconnen Arts Centre.
The Belco Arts Inclusion Award contributes $2000 towards the creation of new work and an opportunity to a Canberra based, d/Deaf artist or artist living with disability to have a public outcome. The public outcome may vary, it could be an exhibition, a living studio residency where artists continue to work on their practice, presentation of workshops or other activations of the space.
The award aims to provide space and support for artists to explore their ideas and further extend their practice.
The award is only open to Canberra artists practising in visual arts who identify as living with physical, sensory, d/Deaf or intellectual disability or as having experienced mental health issues.
Past award recipients include Moira Nelson in 2015, Paul Dumetz in 2017, Maria Cofinas in 2018 and Vera Delova in 2019.
The Belco Arts Inclusion Award is not being offered in 2020.
Image: The Artist Architype – Maria Cofinas