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2020 Undercover Artist Grants Program

Congratulations to the Undercover Artist Grant Recipients for 2020!

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Spanning the art forms of theatre, physical theatre, dance, circus, music, cabaret, new writing and poetry, Undercover Artist Grants Program enabled performing artists with disability and/or who are D/deaf to develop skills and create new work.

The work created through this program was exhibited on a virtual platform at Undercover Artist:Online, viewed by industry leaders and peers across Australia in early December 2020.

INCUBATE $5,000 grant recipients:

  • Marissa Ker, Denis and the Deets
    • a satirical comedy about cinema managers who don’t screen movies with open captions.
  • Alexandra Ellen, Conversations with My Walker
    • exploring themes of internalised ableism, shame and disability pride.
  • AHA Ensemble, Yolk
    • a collaborative dance-theatre work exploring relationships, connectedness and inter-dependence.

INCUBATE $2,000 Grant recipients:

  • Jacqueline Marshall
  • David Waldie
  • Aspy Jones

UNITE $2,000 Grant recipients:

  • Isabel Stankiewicz
    • Isabel will be mentored in playwriting by Ladyfinger, and marketing with Harmonie Downes in support her new play, Necklace.
  • Oliver Hetherington-Page
    • Oliver will be mentored by Matilda Award-winning producer Alex Woodward to support his new cabaret, The No Bang Theory.

Undercover Artist Festival 2020 personnel – Steering Group 

Upholding Access Arts’ commitment to a disability-led process and program, the Steering Group comprised six sector leaders with lived experience of disability:

  • Chair: Associate Professor Bree Hadley (QUT)
  • Irene Clelland (CEO, Arafmi)
  • Morwenna Collett (arts, access and inclusion consultant)
  • Julie Lyons (Deaf Sports and Recreation Queensland, artist)
  • Peter Vance (singer-song-writer, Access Arts Life Member).

Undercover Artist Festival is presented by Access Arts