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About ArtScreen

ArtScreen is a visual art project which seeks to enable artists with disability to develop their careers by creating work in the increasingly prevalent format of video art or ‘art of the moving image’.

The successful applicant will be mentored by experienced video artist Dr Zanny Begg to create a video artwork which explores identity and social connectedness in urban spaces.

If required, the production of the work will be supported by a team of students from inclusive screen production school Bus Stop Films and with equipment/facilities from Parramatta’s Information & Cultural Exchange (I.C.E.). The Prototype video art streaming platform will have an option to potentially exhibit the artwork online.

ArtScreen is a pilot project for an expanded version of the initiative which may be delivered in the future. ArtScreen is being funded with a grant from the City of Sydney and in-kind contributions from Accessible Arts and other project partners.

1) Applicants must identify as being Deaf and/or a person with disability
2) Applicants must be emerging or mid-career visual artists and/or filmmakers
3) Applicants must reside in NSW
4) Applicants do not need to have prior experience working with video as a creative format


1) Artworks must explore the theme of identity and social connectedness in urban spaces
2) Artworks should engage with experimental video forms and advance visual/cinematic language
3) Artworks must be legible and make sense visually on small screens
4) Artworks should have a minimum duration of 3 minutes and a maximum duration of 10 minutes
5) Applicants must demonstrate that they can create and deliver their artwork using the cash and in-kind resources that comprise the project budget
6) Applicants must be available to commence production of the artwork in April 2020 and deliver the final artwork by September 2020.    
7) Applicants must be open to working with the project mentor and curator

The successful applicant will receive up to 16 hours of support from experienced video artist Dr Zanny Begg. Zanny is an artist, curator, theorist and lecturer at UNSW Art and Design. Zanny will be available for an initial consultation and then will provide advice and support during pre-production, production and post-production.

The successful applicant will also receive advice and support from Prototype curator Lauren Carroll-Harris. Lauren is a writer, artist, broadcaster, critic and curator with a focus on film and contemporary art. Lauren will provide feedback at selected stages of the production process.


Applicants are welcome to detail if they have any access requirements and how these requirements will be addressed during the production process.

Any access requirements must be funded out of the $4000 cash component of the project budget OR through other funding mechanisms, such as the NDIS.

For example, if the applicant requires a camera operator, the cost of this could be met using part of the $4000 cash component. However, if the applicant requires an Auslan interpreter for any part of the production process, the cost of this could potentially be met using NDIS funding.

Please contact us if you have any questions about access requirements.  

ArtScreen guidelines and application forms are available in accessible formats upon request. Formats include word documents, audio files, and large print.
Applications will be assessed using the following criteria:
·      Artistic standing of the applicant
·      Creative merit of the project concept
·      Benefit of the project to the applicant’s professional development
·      Ability to deliver the project on time and on budget
·      Suitability of the project for Prototype programming
Applications will be assessed by a panel including the mentor, curator, visual artist with disability and an Accessible Arts staff member.
All applicants will be notified of the results by Monday 23 March.
Successful applicants will be required to enter into an agreement which will contain additional terms and conditions in accordance with existing policies of Accessible Arts, Prototype, Bus Stop Films and I.C.E.
The successful applicant must provide Accessible Arts and Prototype with permission to screen and/or share the artwork created through the ArtScreen initiative. This will involve Prototype presenting the online premiere as well as having exclusive rights to stream the artwork online for two years.
For the purposes of promoting ArtScreen, the successful applicant must also agree to make themselves available for interviews, filming and other social media opportunities.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 9 March 2020

Please direct any enquiries to:
Liz Martin, Arts Development Manager, Accessible Arts | 02 83793102
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