Art Awards 2021

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.

The IHC Art Awards is an annual highlight, showcasing the talent and achievements of people with intellectual disabilities. Entries are open to New Zealanders aged 13 or over with an intellectual disability regardless of whether they use IHC, IDEA Services or Choices NZ services.

IHC Art Awards categories and prizes

Award Prize
First place overall $5,000
Second place overall $3,000
Third place overall $2,000
L'affare People's Choice Award $2,000
Youth Award $1,500


One hundred percent (100%) of the sale price will be paid to the artist's bank account if the work is sold. Payment will not be paid into the account of the art base / studio, family member, support person or friend.

The artist's bank account details will be requested at the time of notification of the artwork being selected as part of the Top 100.



2021 IHC Art Awards judges

Key dates

1 May 2021 - Entries open

31 May 2021 - Entries close

30 September 2021 - Gala event night


More details come, including L'affare People's Choice Award voting and online auction dates.


Click here for the IHC Art Awards 2021 terms and conditions, and information about finalist categories.

Judy Darragh ONZM

Judy Darragh ONZM is renowned for her brightly coloured sculptural assemblages, collage, video, photography, and poster art who came to prominence in the 1980s. Judy lives and works in Auckland, where she has played a significant role in the development of ARTSPACE Aotearoa, artist-run spaces in Auckland such as Teststrip, and Cuckoo, has taught widely at both secondary and tertiary level, and has taken on mentorship roles for wide range of artists. She is currently a co-editor of Femisphere, a publication supporting women’s art practices in Aotearoa.

Paul Hartigan

Paul Hartigan is a well-known entity within contemporary New Zealand art whose successful career spans five decades. Paul is the painter of the original Phantom, and he is best known for his large-scale public neon installations in Auckland, New Plymouth, Wellington and Christchurch.

His acclaimed monochrome neon Colony (2004), won the Metro Award for Best Public Sculpture in 2006. In Christchurch, Nebula Orion (2001), is a giant Hartigan neon work that survived the earthquake of 2011 and continues to operate today. Most recently, he was acknowledged with a 40-year retrospective at the Gus Fisher Gallery and is the subject of Don Abbott's monograph Vivid: The Paul Hartigan Story.

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 music artists such as Che Fu, Tiki Taane and Fat Freddy’s Drop.

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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.

Not only does Dame Denise actively promote the IHC Art Awards, but she also creates opportunities for top IHC Art Awards artists to raise their profile in the fashion and art communities through the WORLD Legacy Charity Project.

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 2021.

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 2020 Art Awards



Beloved New Zealand coffee business, L’affare, is the generous sponsor of the L’affare People’s Choice Award.

L’affare first became involved with the awards in 2020 when they hosted a special exhibition of top artworks in their flagship roastery and café in Wellington.

IHC is grateful for their support of the IHC Art Awards and of artists with intellectual disabilities.