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
People's Choice Award $2,000
Youth Award $1,500


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

Key dates

1 May 2021 - Entries open

31 May 2021 - Entries close

30 September 2021 - Gala event night


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

How to frame your artwork


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 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 2020 Art Awards