Prue uses repetitive and tactile processes to allow for experiences of sensory play, and creates spaces and opportunities for downtime. Working with oil, ceramics, textiles, sculpture, installation and performance, she advocates for the identity, empowerment and sensory awareness of the autistic community. Prue intersects and collides against preconditioned stigmas and resultant systematic oppression, aiming to celebrate and progress autistic culture for autistics, while creating experiences that are more broadly accessible.
A practicing fine artist from Melbourne Australia, Prue has completed both her Bachelor of Fine Art (Expanded Studio Practice) and Master of Fine Art (by Practice) at RMIT University Melbourne. She is also an autistic consultant with AMAZE, an ensemble member of Rawcus Theatre Group, singer of Ice Cream in a Mug, a 3rd Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo and founder of Stim Your Heart Out.
Prue appears in the Attitude Foundation TV Series "Perspective Shift" - Episode 2 and the Dylan Alcott ListenABLE Podcast - Episode 4.
Her list of achievements include:
i. Arts Access Victoria (AAV) and Disability Media Australia (formerly Grit Media) Stella Young Award winner 2020.
ii. BoK2019 double blind peer reviewed Journal Article accepted for publishing in the IDEA Journal in Dec 2020, “‘Stim Your Heart Out’ and ‘Syndrome Rebel’ (Performance Artworks, Autism Advocacy & Mental Health)” (Pre-publishing version available on request);
iii. Featured in the Attitude Foundation “Perspective Shift” Documentary Series – Episode #2 – Prue (>113,000 YouTube Views as of 29/09/20) (Only promoted within Australia on SBS TV & YouTube);
iv. Appeared on Dylan Alcott’s ListenABLE Podcast – Episode #4 – Prue;
v. “Expend – MCA” became the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Australia Instagram banner page for their EOFY19/20 fund raising on the 24/06/20 (1,152 Instagram likes);
vi. “Adaptation” Exhibition, Casula Powerhouse Art Centre, Sydney, “Expend–MCA”;
vii. RMIT Master of Fine Art (by Practice) Graduating Student Award 2019;
viii. RMIT Master of Fine Art (by Practice) Appropriate Durable Record (ADR) “Neuroperspective” (available to view at artist website Bio);
ix. Heide Museum of Modern Art: Professional Development: Mirka Mora & Prue Stevenson, 2019;
x. Guest Artist for MCA Artbar Feb 19 by Lara Merrett (MCA - Jackson Bella Room), with “Syndrome Rebel”;
xi. Launch “Do One Thing for Autism” campaign with Amaze, including TV interview on: Channel 9 News 2018 (>87,0000 Views);
xii. Launched the “Stim Your Heart Out” Project, with >24,000 views on Amaze (Autism VIC) and Aspect (Autism NSW) Facebook posts;
xiii. MCA Australia ESWD Forum Opening Speaker, Web Article: “Don’t fear the Meltdown” / Artist Talk / Live Roof Top Performance Artwork of “Expend – MCA” 2018;
xiv. Helpmann Award nomination for “Song for a Weary Throat” at the International Art Festival, Art Centre Melbourne 2018;
xv. Green Room Award, as part of Rawcus ensemble for “Song for a Weary Throat” at Theatre Works St Kilda 2017;
xvi. Consultant to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) for Autism Awareness Training / Environmental Audit / Social Scripts / Quiet Showings;
xvii. AAV Lesley Hall Scholarship & Art Grant winner 2016, with “Stim Your heart Out” Project / Website / Film Documentation; and,
xviii. Amaze VAC2016 Emerging Leader Award 2016.