Katherine Araniello Bursary Award

Bursaries honour memory of leading artist, disability activist and Cass Fine Art alumna.

Date: 29 April 2020

Two bursaries of £5,000 are available in honour of the brilliant artist and Cass alumna Katherine Araniello, who died on Monday 25 February 2019. Katherine was an extraordinary human being, a tireless and audacious activist, and an accomplished and ground-breaking artist.

Katherine pursued a BA in Fine Art with Hons at The Cass (then part of Guildhall University) from 1996-99, where she was awarded the Owen Rowley Prize for her final show. Her graduation work Slapping challenged the stereotype of disabled people as 'victims', a recurring theme in the course of her artistic career. Katherine leaves behind a huge and influential legacy of live performance, films and digital art, much made in collaboration with organisations including the Live Art Development Agency (LADA), Artsadmin and the Disabled Avant Garde (in collaboration with Aaron Williamson) and work she made with support of Unlimited.

Following Katherine’s death in February 2019, an advisory group of her friends, family and collaborators (including LADA), was established to honour her influence. They set up the Katherine Araniello Bursaries, two awards of £5,000 to undertake self-determined year-long artistic and professional development programmes.

The Katherine Araniello Bursaries are aimed at UK based, ‘early career’, unapologetically radical and politicised artists who work in Live Art, identify as disabled people, and whose practice embraces Katherine’s spirit and politics. The bursaries have been made possible by the generous donations of individuals and organisations.

The deadline for proposals is 12pm, Thursday 30 April 2020. Visit the Live Art Development Agency (LADA) page for full details on how to apply.  

You can also read more about Katherine and her incredible career and work in this obituary on Disability Arts Online


live art featuring a woman in swimsuit and donkey mask, a seated woman and a woman in a wheelchair