Art Awards 2019

The IHC Art Awards provides artists with an intellectual disability the opportunity to have their talent recognised, their voices heard and to sell their work. It highlights the talent and achievements of people with intellectual disabilities.

Michael Nathan wins 2019 IHC Art Awards

Michael’s piece, Lost in Space, is a large-scale acrylic on canvas. This artwork depicts a planet-like earth, far away in the depths of space. Michael has a passion for drawing and painting, and this is his first time winning the IHC Art Awards.

This is not the first time that Michael’s work has been featured at the IHC Art Awards Gala event. His drawing, Yes, We’re All Safe in Our Beds placed in the Top 30 at last year’s event.

Michael works at Māpura Studios in Auckland. Māpura Studios hosts art classes and art therapy programmes for people of all ages with intellectual disabilities, as well as the wider community. Over recent years, a number of Māpura Studios artists have been successful in the IHC Art Awards – reaching the finals and winning top prizes.

Second prize of $2,000 went to Marion Gorton from Oamaru, and 3rd prize of $1,000 was won by Palmerston North artist, Malachi Oldridge, who also took out this year’s “People’s Choice Award” category.

There were 384 entries in this year’s Awards.

IHC Art Awards Ambassador, Dame Denise L’Estrange-Corbet, noted at the event that the awards, “showcase the brilliance and versatility of artists with intellectual disabilities from across the country.” This year marked a decade of Dame Denise’s involvement with the awards.

The top three prize-winners were picked out of 30 finalists nationwide and announced at Shed 6 in Wellington on Thursday 5 September. The finalists’ work was auctioned at the event, with all proceeds from the sales going solely to the artists.

Malachi Oldridge’s tribute to E. Mervyn Taylor is the People’s Choice

Palmerston North artist Malachi Oldridge has won the 2019 IHC Art Awards People’s Choice Award for his work, My Nani as a Māori Girl.

My Nani as a Māori Girl was selected as the favourite from the 30 finalists in this year’s IHC Art Awards, receiving 425 votes from the public.

Josie Bode’s, Squall, came in second with 262 votes, followed by Amy Hall’s stitch work, Sailor Moon which received 180 votes in total.

My Nani as a Māori Girl is a pencil drawing on paper tribute to Malachi’s Grandmother. She has been a recurring inspiration for Malachi, with her also featuring in his 2018 IHC Art Awards entry. My Nani as a Māori Girl is also influenced by the late E. Mervyn Taylor’s artwork, Māori Girl (Hina).

Malachi will be presented with the People’s Choice Award and his prize of $1000 on Thursday 5 September at the IHC Art Awards gala evening at Shed 6, in Wellington. At the same time, the winners of the top three prizes for the 2019 IHC Art Awards will also be announced and all 30 finalist artworks auctioned, with all proceeds going directly to the artists.

Dame Denise L’Estrange-Corbet – IHC Art Awards Ambassador

Dame Denise L’Estrange-Corbet, is co-founder of internationally acclaimed fashion house WORLD. Denise has been involved with the IHC Art Awards since 2009 and became an Ambassador in 2016, something she is very honoured to do.

In 2009 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.


2019 IHC Art Award Judges

Kerrie Hughes

Kerrie Hughes studied Clothing and Textiles at Wellington Polytechnic, 1978-79 and then attained an M.A. in Fashion at St. Martins School of Art, London, graduating in 1988.

Between 1980 - 82 Kerrie set up and ran the shop Svelte, Cuba St, Wellington in partnership with Di Jennings and later in Auckland. In 1986 Kerrie returned to Wellington and opened Siren in Ghuznee St before leaving on an arts / craft council grant to study in London. In 1990 she opened the wholesale / retail shop Idol in Soho, London, in partnership with Penny Meachin. The Idol label also sold through Liberty's, Harvey Nichols, Whistles, Browns, Henri Bendel, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Charavari as well as other stores in Europe.

Idol clothes were worn on several TV shows including Absolutely Fabulous and Friends, and are in the collections of The Victoria and Albert Museum, Te Papa, and the Dowse Museums, and have featured in Vogue, Tatler and Elle magazines.

Kerrie has had three exhibitions at Bowen Galleries.

Kerrie has been one of the World of Wearable Arts judges.

Kerrie lives and works in Eastbourne, Lower Hutt, New Zealand.

Jae Kang

Jae Kang is a South Korean-born artist based in New Zealand, known primarily for her large scale gallery and outdoor public installations. Jae's ethos is socially engaged, producing generous, layered works accessible to the general public. She also displays an interest in community participation, often developing pieces people can touch and with public programmes an integral component of the work. She has a substantial history producing outdoor public sculpture and regularly exhibits two dimensional drawings in a range of media including pencil, ink and adhesive tape.

Recently, Jae has exhibited a Dansaekwha drawing installation Wave of breath at Tauranga Art gallery and an interactive installation show Knot Tough for children and disabled people at New Zealand's Maritime museum. She has also featured in an outdoor sculpture show in Canberra and in Sculpture on the Gulf 2019.

Tim Walker

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.

The Holdsworth Charitable Trust

IHC would like to acknowledge and thank the Holdsworth Charitable Trust for once again generously supporting the IHC Art Awards in 2019. The Holdsworth Charitable Trust has been the major sponsor of the IHC Art Awards since 2014 and IHC is extremely proud of the long association between the Holdsworth Charitable Trust and the IHC Art Awards.


Read about the 2018 Art Awards