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.

Key Dates

1 May - Entries open

31 May - Entries close

5 September - Gala event

The IHC Art Awards are open to all New Zealanders with an intellectual disability, aged 13 or over, regardless of whether they use IHC or IDEA services.

Entry forms will be available on 1 May 2019.

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

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.

Currently, Jae is exhibiting 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 recently been appointed for an outdoor sculpture show in Canberra 2018 and 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.

Sarah Wilkins

Sarah Wilkins is a visual artist who works globally for the publishing, advertising and design worlds. She has lived on and off in Paris for more than 12 years. Her clients include the L.A. Times, Barnes & Noble, Time Magazine, UNESCO and United Airlines. Her work has been awarded by Communication Arts, American Illustration, The Society of Illustrators, The World Illustration Awards and the Taipei International Book Exhibition.

In New Zealand she was awarded the Russell Clark Medal for illustration and has illustrated 5 children’s books to date. Her latest book 'The Longest Breakfast' written by Jenny Bornholdt is one of the Storylines Notable Books of 2018.

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