Stella Young Memorial Artist in Residence

Job No: NGSC228
Location: Stawell

Job Type Full Time - Fixed Term 6 month tenure
Package Negotiable
Position Description Stella Young Memorial Artist in Residence



About Stella Young

Northern Grampians Shire Council has secured funding from Regional Arts Victoria's Women's Public Art Program to delivery a statue of Stella Young in her hometown of Stawell to celebrate, commemorate and remember her.

Stella Young was a comedian, journalist, activist and disability advocate. Stella was strong, fierce, honest and unapologetic. Stella was born in Stawell, Victoria in 1982 and died unexpectedly on 6 December 2014 at the age of 32. 

Stella Young studied Journalism at Deakin University. She was a member of the Victorian Disability Advisory Council, the Youth Disability Advocacy Service and Women with Disabilities Victoria. She hosted ‘No Limits’ between 2003 and 2010, which won Human Rights Commissioner Award in television and gave people with disabilities a voice in the media and creative control over their representation. She was also an editor of Ramp Up at the ABC, an online portal and discussion platform for disabled people, delivered a TEDxSydney talk titled “I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much”, and won ‘Best Newcomer’ for her solo debut at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2014.  

The successful applicant will deliver a statue with the aim of continuing her legacy to challenge and educate society and its perception of disability, and to strive for “a world where disability is not the exception, but the norm”.  They will either have lived experience of disability or will work alongside people with lived experience of disability to realise the artwork.

The model of employment, allowances for tools of trade, work space and materials will be negotiated with the successful candidate.

Key Responsibilities

  • Consult on the design of a statue of Stella Young with key stakeholders. 
  • Engage with local people with a lived experience of disability to realise the work and ensure project objectives are met. 
  • Produce an artwork that is tactile, accessible and contemporary (eg. braille plaque, height accessible for wheelchair users etc).
  • Support the Project Manager to undertake detailed project planning, including a budget breakdown  
  • Perform, as directed, other duties that are within the limits of the incumbent’s skill, competence and training which are related to the grant/project outcomes. 

About You

  • Proven ability to design and deliver high quality sculptural art works, that are tactile, accessible, and contemporary using the artist's own tools and equipment. 
  • A capacity to engage and collaborate on community artistic projects, in particular an ability to collaborate with people who have lived experience of disability. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an advanced ability to undertake community stakeholder engagement. 

About Us

Northern Grampians Shire Council employs 250 staff across a variety of work areas, offering flexible work arrangements where practicable, providing access to relevant training and professional development opportunities and offering employee benefits, including salary packaging.  Our technology solutions operate on the Microsoft platform and we are committed to delivering best fit ICT solutions which are cloud-based where possible.  

We have a Bring Your Own Device and Mobile Allowance policy, which we encourage candidates to read in conjunction with the position description.

Covid-19 Vaccination Status

It is a requirement for all local government employees in Victoria to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and evidence must be provided by the preferred candidate prior to an offer of employment.

How to apply

  • Download and read the position description.
  • Attach a cover letter and resume.
  • Submit your application by following the process on this page.

If you'd like to know more contact Justine Kingan, Manager Economic and Community Futures at or call 03 5358 8700. 

Applications close 12.00pm Monday 23 May, 2022.

Northern Grampians Shire Council is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer


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