Announcing the 2021 WWDA LEAD Art Prize Winners

Image Credit: Leading with Vision by Jennaveve Mulherin, overall winner Under 18’s category.
A set of three A5 paintings using multimedium of Acrylic, Watercolour, Modelling Paste, Charcoal and Pastel Highlighters, representing different images of women with long hair and telling the story of the rare neurological condition called IIH.

In 2020, Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) received a grant to develop the leadership and capacity of women and girls with disability. WWDA called this project “LEAD”, which stands for Lead, Engage, Activate, Drive. As part of the project, on International Women’s Day 2021, we launched the WWDA LEAD Art Prize. We wanted to encourage our community of women, girls, feminine identifying and non-binary people to submit their artwork on the theme ‘We can all be leaders’ in a variety of accessible and creative formats.

The WWDA LEAD Art Prize was open to all women, girls, feminine identifying and non-binary people with disability living in Australia, aged 15 years and over. Categories included an Over 18’s division, Under 18’s division and People’s Choice Award, open to voting from the community. Highly commended entries were selected across all categories, with the WWDA Youth Advisory Group also awarding six ‘WWDA Youth Picks’.

Prizes to be awarded included a $500 voucher for the Overall Winner of each category, $200 voucher for Runner Up of each category, and $50 vouchers for all highly commended entrants and ‘WWDA Youth Picks.’ All entrants will receive a certificate of participation.

WWDA received an overwhelming response to the WWDA LEAD Art Prize, with 112 entries received from entrants in all states and territories, living in metropolitan/regional/rural and remote communities. Submissions were made across a wide array of mediums, including sculptures, drawings, acrylic paintings, crochet and fashion, photography, video and digital art. All entries will continue to be virtually exhibited in the WWDA LEAD Art Prize Gallery.

Thank you to everyone who entered the prize, and thank you to our incredible judges Larissa MacFarlane, Fiona Hamilton and Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi. To stay up to date about more WWDA LEAD opportunities, make sure stay connected here.

And the winners are…

Under 18’s

Image Credit: Rainbow Rozetta by Leonie Donohue, overall winner People’s Choice Awards.
A rectangular blanket based on large tapestry mandala in the centre with overlay round border and tapestry panel at the bottom. The blanket is asymmetrical. It was inspired by stained glass gothic windows and the magic lights of Aurora Borealis.

Over 18’s

People’s Choice Awards

Highly Commended Entrants Across all Categories

WWDA Youth Picks

The image shows Marla, with fair skin and a curly copper mullet, with white flowers across their chest, in their hair and sitting across their brows. They are wearing purple eyeshadow and lipstick. They have their eyes closed, and on top of the photo is fine line illustrative work depicting different emotions and struggle, validating those who live with invisible illnesses.
Image Credit: Beyond Invisibility by Marla Bishop and Sam Makin, overall winner of the Over 18’s category.
The image shows Marla, with fair skin and a curly copper mullet, with white flowers across their chest, in their hair and sitting across their brows. They are wearing purple eyeshadow and lipstick. They have their eyes closed, and on top of the photo is fine line illustrative work depicting different emotions and struggle, validating those who live with invisible illnesses.

View the Terms and Conditions of the WWDA LEAD Art Prize here.

Contact Us

If you require any further information you can contact us in the following ways:

  • Email Mali Hermans at project@wwda.org.au
  • Call or text Mali on 0488 417 875
  • Use the National Relay service to call us. Call 1800 555 677 and ask for 0488 417 875
  • Need a translator? Call 131 450 and ask for 0488 417 875
  • Send a letter to PO Box 407, Lenah Valley, Tasmania 7008, Australia

WWDA LEAD Activities

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