The IHC Art Awards are open to all New Zealanders with an intellectual disability, aged 13 or over, regardless of whether they use IHC services. The artworks traditionally cover everything from sculptures, photography, installations and textile art, to painting and drawing.
Entries open Thursday 1 June 2017
Entries close Friday 30 June 2017
Art Awards National Exhibition at Arts on High, Lower Hutt, Thursday 10 August to Thursday 17 August 2017
People's Choice judging opens Thursday 10 August 2017
First place winner $5,000
Second place winner $2,000
Third place winner $1,000
People’s Choice winner $1,000
For more information about the Art Awards contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or (04) 471 6569 or 021 244 2697
Denise L’Estrange-Corbet – IHC Art Awards Ambassador
Denise L’Estrange-Corbet, is co-founder of internationally acclaimed fashion house WORLD. Denise has been involved with the IHC Art Awards since 2012 and became an Ambassador in 2016, something she is very honoured to do.
In 2012 she met an artist through the Art Awards, and has employed this lady part time in WORLD's Head Office since then. "It is about supporting people in whatever way you can. They give back so much more than you could ever imagine, we have learnt so much from Jojo," Denise says.
2017 IHC Art Award Judges
Gina Matchitt is a Wellington-based artist whose work draws on her Māori tribal affiliations, Te Arawa and Te Whakatōhea and is a fusion of Māori and Pakeha (European) concepts. Her work has been widely exhibited in New Zealand, Australia, The Netherlands, United States and Switzerland. Gina’s work is found in many major New Zealand public collections, including Te Papa Tongarewa - The National Museum of New Zealand, and the Auckland Art Gallery.
Boh Runga was not content with a music career fronting one of the country’s most successful bands, Stellar*. Since the band disbanded in 2010, she has formed a number of creative partnerships – with Che Fu in 2010 on The Winery Tour and, in 2012, she was back writing music and performing with Anika Moa and Hollie Smith. Boh’s creative partnerships outside of music continue with her Boh Runga for NZ Mint Jewellery, a make-up product under Boh’s name launched by Shiseido, and her Monarch butterfly-inspired rug design for Designer Rugs ‘Kiwi Icon’ collection. Armed with a guitar and a sketchbook, with her head full of melodies and ideas, Boh’s creations flow from the studio to stage and catwalk. Boh first judged the Art Awards in 2013.
Tim Walker is an Auckland-based arts and culture consultant. After three decades in the art gallery sector (as fine arts curator at Waikato Museum, senior art curator at National Art Gallery/Te Papa and director at The Dowse) he set up his own company and now works with arts organisations, government departments, local government, iwi and tourism operators throughout New Zealand.
2016 Art Awards winner
An intricate embroidered cushion by Wellington artist Jo-Anne Tapiki has won the 2016 IHC Art Awards.
Second prize went to Dunedin artist Rebecca Donovan and third prize was won by Karin Claydon of Wellington. For the first time the top three prizes went to an all-female line-up of artists.
Auckland-based judge and art consultant Tim Walker says, “The top awards went to three works that radiated that extra 'magic', whether that was a highly original sense of composition, a brilliant use of colour or an aspect of the way the artist had actually made the piece.”
Gina Matchitt and Grant Corbishley, the other two Wellington-based judges, said, that the diversity of the work presented a real challenge. “There was an amazing range of media and approaches, and so many visual delights and surprises.”
There were more than 400 entries in this year’s Awards, including sculptures, installations and textile art, painting and drawing. The IHC Art Awards are open to all New Zealanders with an intellectual disability, age 13 or over, whether or not they use IHC services.
The top three prize-winners were picked out of 30 finalists nationwide and announced at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington on Thursday 16 June. The finalists’ work was auctioned at the event, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the artists.
IHC Art Awards
IHC Art Awards ambassador Denise L’Estrange-Corbet, talks about the benefits of entering the IHC Art Awards.