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ArtScreen 2021

About ArtScreen 2021

ArtScreen 2021 is a visual art project aimed at enabling professional artists with disability in NSW to develop their creativity and careers by producing work in the increasingly popular format of video art.

Three (3) applicants will be selected to participate in the initiative which will provide each artist with over $21,500 in production funding for their projects which are required to explore themes of identity and social connectedness in specific environments.

The successful applicants will be mentored by experienced video artists Dr Zanny Begg and New-York based Australian duo Soda_Jerk.

The three artworks will have a world premiere season at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in December 2021 to mark the 2021 International Day Of People With Disability.

Video art streaming service Prototype will have an option to screen the artworks following their screening at the MCA.

The production budget for each project includes $7000 in equipment and facilities hire from Western Sydney community creative hub I.C.E.

If required, the production of the work will be supported by a team of students from Bus Stop Films, Accessible Film Studies Program.

Accessible Arts will also secure the services of an arts practitioner with disability to work as a Project Coordinator for the initiative.

ArtScreen 2021 is being co-funded with grants from the City of Sydney and the NSW Government through Create NSW and in-kind contributions from Accessible Arts, MCA, I.C.E., Bus Stop Films and Prototype.

Information about the initiative as well as guidelines, the application form and application materials are below:

Apply Now:

  • Applications for ArtScreen 2021 close at 5pm on Monday 8 February 2021.
  • If applicants cannot access the online Survey Monkey application form, please note that applications will be accepted in other formats that are accessible to the applicant including Auslan, audio, video, printed, dictated, electronic and handwritten formats.

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ArtScreen 2021 Downloads


  • Liz Martin, Arts Development Manager, Accessible Arts
  • | 02 83793102

ArtScreen 2020

ArtScreen 2020 was a pilot program for ArtScreen 2021 funded by the City of Sydney.

Debra Keenahan – a multi-disciplinary artist working between video, performance, identity and social engagement – was selected to produce the video artwork Little Things Matter, a provocative social critique of the dehumanisation of people with dwarfism. Little Things Matter had its world premiere during the online launch of ArtScreen 2021 on 2 December 2020 and will now be included in a larger video art project by Debra being commissioned by the Australia Council for the Arts.

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Little Things Matter | with closed captions

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Little Things Matter | with Auslan interpretation + closed captions

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Little Things Matter | with audio description

A short statured woman is standing on stage in front of a red curtain. She is wearing a gold dress and holding an old-fashioned microphone in a chrome casing.

• Production still from Little Things Matter featuring artist Debra Keenahan (credit: Robert Brindley).



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