Belco Arts Inclusion Award

The Artist Architype (detail) by Maria Cofinas

Belco Arts Inclusion Award

Submissions due by 6pm Monday 4 October 2021

Disabled or d/Deaf artists will be celebrated through 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 $2,000 in prize money and an exhibition/artist in 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 Disabled or d/Deaf artist to explore their ideas which may lead to a public outcome.  The public outcome may vary, it could be an exhibition, an artist in 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 the arts who identify as living with physical, sensory, d/Deaf, intellectual disability or as having experienced mental health issues.

Past award recipients include 2015 Moira Nelson, 2017 Paul Dumetz, 2018 Maria Cofinas and 2019 Vera Delova.

The successful artist/performer will receive:

  • $2000.00 towards the creation of new work
  • An exhibition, studio residency or public outcome at Belconnen Arts Centre
  • Access to Belco Arts IGNITE Programs Officer to support the development of the project


  • Be a resident within the Canberra region
  • Identify as disabled, D/deaf, HOH, chronically ill, neurodiverse or have lived experience of mental health

Applicants must:

  • Be committed to the development of their creative practice and professional development
  • Provide a project description detailing what they hope to explore, produce and any proposed public outcome/s
  • Provide a description of how the proposed activity will impact their creative arts practice and audiences it aims to connect with
  • Provide a letter of support from a referee who can attest to the artists application and commitment to their creative practice

Artists are encouraged to contact Belco Arts’ IGNITE Programs Officer, Heidi Lefebvre or 0428 250 524, to make an appointment to discuss your application. Heidi is not part of the selection process and is available to provide artists with support required to complete your submission. 

Submissions for the Belco Arts Inclusion Award must be made via the CAPO website.