Entries are now open for the 2016 IHC Art Awards

Media Release

4 April 2016

Entries for the 2016 IHC Art Awards are now open.

The Awards celebrate the creative talents of New Zealanders with an intellectual disability. This year artists will be asked to submit full entries online for the first time and now the first stage of judging will also take place there.

IHC is delighted to announce three new judges - Wellington artists Gina Matchitt and Grant Corbishley and Auckland art curator and consultant Tim Walker.

“We have had a constant line up of fantastic judges over the years,” says IHC General Manager of Programmes Janine Stewart. “These three therefore follow in a long line of high-calibre judges and we’re privileged to have them.”

In another development, WORLD fashion director Denise L’Estrange-Corbet, who has judged the Awards six times, is stepping up to the role of Art Awards Ambassador. Denise has long described the IHC Art Awards as one of the highlights of her year.

“For me it’s about the artists. It’s about meeting talented individuals and seeing their extraordinary art.”

“I think every artist with an intellectual disability should be encouraged and supported (if necessary) to enter.”

The top 100 artworks will be exhibited at the Arts on High Gallery in Lower Hutt from Tuesday 31 May to Monday 6 June. The gala night, where the winners will be announced and the top 30 works auctioned, will be held on Thursday 16 June in Wellington. All the proceeds from artwork sales goes directly to the artists.

The IHC Art Awards were established in 2004 to foster the artistic talents of New Zealanders with an intellectual disability. The Awards are open to all New Zealanders with an intellectual disability, age 13 or over. Previous entrants have gone on to continue their art careers – Chris Wills, the winner of last year’s Awards, used the proceeds from his win to contribute to the cost of staging his own exhibition. 

The Awards would not be possible without contributions including from the Holdsworth Charitable Trust, the major sponsor of the IHC Art Awards since 2014, and William Robins, an artist and long-time IHC donor who is passionate about supporting other artists.

Entries will close at 5pm on Friday 29 April 2016.




Polly Atkins
IHC New Zealand
04 439 4785
021 174 1715


Information about how to enter the IHC Art Awards:

Enter the IHC Art Awards online via our website http://tinyurl.com/jhobo9l 

Watch a video about entering the IHC Art Awards https://youtu.be/5ludqYkVctI


About the IHC Art Awards

The IHC Art Awards started in 2004 to showcase the talents of people with intellectual disabilities in New Zealand. 

A big event night and auction is held for the finalists with cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd placing announced on the night.

100% of the auction money raised goes directly to the artist.

A People’s Choice award is also announced on the night – the winner is chosen through online voting.


About IHC

IHC was founded in 1949 by a small group of parents who wanted equal treatment from the education and health systems for their children with intellectual disabilities. The IHC of today is still striving for these same rights and is committed to principles of advocating for the rights, welfare and inclusion of all people with an intellectual disability. We support people with an intellectual disability to lead satisfying lives and have a genuine place in the community.

We have more than 5000 staff working to support 7000 people in services that include residential care, supported living, vocational support, respite care, and New Zealand’s largest non-government social housing provider. We also lobby and advocate for the human rights of all people with an intellectual disability at both a national and an international level. We raise money and awareness of the issues facing people with intellectual disabilities through our charitable activities, including an extensive advocacy programme, a one-to-one volunteer programme and the country’s largest specialist intellectual disability library.