IHC Art Awards 2023

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.

Entry information

Entry dates

Entries open at 9am on Monday 1 May 2023

Entries close at 5pm on Wednesday 31 May 2023


Who can enter

Entries are open to people aged 13 or over with an intellectual disability or an intellectual disability and autism.


How to enter

 All artworks are to be submitted online using the Art Awards Entry form (available on 1 May 2023 when entries open).


Click here to view the terms and conditions



$5,000 First Place Winner

$3,000 Second Place Winner

$2,000 Third Place Winner

$1,500 Youth Award Winner

$2,000 L'affare People's Choice Award


This year, the top artworks will go on sale at the IHC Art Awards Pop-up Gallery. Unsold artworks will then be sold via Trade Me, with 100% of the sale price going directly to the artist themselves.

Judging panel

Our 2023 judges haven't been announced yet.

Find out more about our 2022 judges

Image credit: Grace MacKay, Koruru, Gable Mask, Highly Commended, 2022

IHC Art Awards Ambassador

Dame Denise L’Estrange-Corbet is the co-founder of the highly acclaimed fashion house WORLD which was established in 1989 with Francis Hooper in Auckland.

Her love of the arts saw her first judge the IHC Art Awards in 2009, she then went onto become the IHC Art Awards Ambassador in 2017 and was made Patron of IHC New Zealand in 2022.

Last year's winning artworks

First place

Mark Warner, Meeting

Second place

Sarah Holton, Serious Strokes

Third place

Emma White, Portrait of Lorde

Youth Award and People's Choice Award

Helena Brocklebank, Angry

IHC Art Awards

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Our sponsors

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 2023.

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.


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.