“I am not a snowflake. I am not a sweet, infantilising symbol of fragility and life. I am a strong, fierce, flawed adult woman. I plan to remain that way, in life and in death.” Stella Young
The Remembering Stella Young project delivered a statue of Stella Young in her hometown of Stawell to celebrate, commemorate and remember her.
Northern Grampians Shire Council received funding from the Victorian Government for the Remembering Stella Young project in February 2022, through the Victorian Women’s Public Art Program. The artwork commemorates Stella as a contemporary woman who made a significant contribution to Victoria and aims to continue 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”.
The project team consisted of a Project Control Group, Project Support Team, Project Advisory Group, Creative Collective and Access Collective. The collectives, who were made up of women with the lived experience of disability, collaborated in the development of the design, site and all interactive elements to make sure it was created in line with Stella’s legacy.
Stella's parents have had the final say on the statue design, location and the accessible website.
Northern Grampians Shire Council acknowledges support of the Victoria Government through the Community Support Fund.
Visit the accessible website created as a part of this project Remembering Stella Young to find out more about Stella Young.
You can find out more about the Victorian Women's Public Art Program | Victorian Government (www.vic.gov.au) here.
Watch the behind-the-scenes video.
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