Art Awards 2020

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.

Congratulations to the winners of the IHC Art Awards 2020

First place 

Malachi Oldridge, Malachi is a Māori Boy

Second place

Michael Nathan, Infinity Part 1

Third place

Gary Buchanan, New Convention Centre of Christchurch

People's Choice Award winner

Katie McMillan, Colourful Unicorn

Key Dates

1 August 2020 - Entries open

11 September 2020 - Entries close

2 November 2020 - People's Choice Award voting opens

13 November 2020 - People's Choice Award voting closes

23 November 2020 - Winning artworks are auctioned at the  WORLD Legacy Charity Project: Artists 4 Artists event

23 November 2020 -  Trade Me auctions open


Click here for the IHC Art Awards 2020 Terms and conditions.



2020 IHC Art Awards judges

Otis Frizzell

Otis Frizzell is an artist with a diverse, irrepressible talent and colourful personality. He has maintained a high profile for nearly twenty years, bringing the same appealing combination of energy, humour and raw talent to all his work regardless of the medium.

Some places you’ll find Otis’ art are; ARTIS Gallery in Parnell, Saatchi and Saatchi offices, IE Music in London, KFC packaging, Breast Cancer t-shirts, Grand Prix racing cars, Playstation advertisements, TV2 advertisements and on the record sleeves of pop artists such as Che Fu, Tiki Taane and Fat Freddy’s Drop.

Boh Runga 

Boh Runga is a dynamic creative force whose creation flows from the stage to the streets.

Boh carved out a successful pop career fronting chart-topping, multi award-winning band Stellar*, as well as a solo album.

Boh is a celebrated jewellery designer, with more than ten years at the helm of Boh Runga Jewellery Bohtique.

Boh’s creative partnerships outside of music include a make-up product launched by Shisedo under her name, a Monarch butterfly inspired rug for Designer Rugs ‘Kiwi Icon’ collection that greets guests at the ANZ head office in Auckland, and Boh Runga Jewellery sharing the runway at New Zealand Fashion Week with Juliette Hogan in 2008 and Kathryn Wilson in 2011.

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.

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.


Four pieces of chosen art work from the 2019 IHC Art Awards have been reproduced on reusable bags to be sold throughout New Zealand. Profits will go to the artists and IHC Art Awards. 

These bags are available to view and purchase on the WORLD website.

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 2020. 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 2019 Art Awards