Dion Beasley wins the inaugural National Arts and Disability Award for Emerging Artists

 

Congratulations to artist and illustrator Dion Beasley who was awarded the inaugural National Arts and Disability Award for Emerging Artists!

The Australia Council for the Arts and Arts Access Australia have partnered to present the prestigious awards for the first time in 2019, coinciding with the International Day of People with Disability.

Dion Beasley was one of three outstanding winners who were celebrated at a ceremony at Canberra's National Portrait Gallery on 3 December. He received the $20,000 award for an emerging artist and was praised for 'using his passion for drawing as a means of communicating with others.'

Australia Council for the Arts CEO Adrian Collette congratulated the recipients:

“At tonight’s National Arts and Disability Awards, we celebrate three excellent artists. Their work demonstrates the power of the arts to connect and transform us, awakening us to new perspectives and experiences through creative expression,” he said.

“As part of a three-year strategic funding commitment, these awards recognise and applaud the contribution of these trailblazing artists and arts leaders to contemporary Australian creativity.”

Find out more about the awards and the other recipients here

Cheeky Dogs: To Lake Nash and Back

Published: June 2019

In this exuberant illustrated memoir, action-packed images and poetic words trace Dion Beasley's fascination with cheeky dogs and his unconventional journey into the world of contemporary art.

Too Many Cheeky Dogs

Published: November 2016

A cheeky, charming, paperback edition of the story about the naughty camp dogs from the creators of Go Home, Cheeky Animals!

Go Home, Cheeky Animals!

Published: April 2016

In this lively follow-up to Too Many Cheeky Dogs, the camp is invaded by all kinds of cheeky feral animals who are finally chased away by the resident cheeky dogs.

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