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

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