Art Awards

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.

IHC would like to acknowledge and thank the Holdsworth Charitable Trust for once again generously supporting the IHC Art Awards in 2017. 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.


The Top 100 Artworks for the 2017 IHC Art Awards have now been decided.

The Top 100 will now go on display at the Art Awards National Exhibition at Arts on High gallery in Lower Hutt.

The Exhibition will run from Thursday 10 August through to Friday 18 August with the gallery open to the public from 8.30am - 4pm during the week as well on Saturday 12 August from 10am - 3pm.

The Exhibition is open to members of the public and we invite everyone to come and view the extraordinary works that have been entered in this year's Awards. 

Artworks can be purchased from the online store.


People's Choice judging will open Monday 14 August 2017

Prize Money  

First place winner                       $5,000

Second place winner                  $2,000

Third place winner                      $1,000

People’s Choice winner              $1,000

For more information about the Art Awards contact: or (04) 471 6569 or 021 244 2697

Read the Conditions of Entry

Denise L’Estrange-Corbet – IHC Art Awards Ambassador

Denise L’Estrange-Corbet, is co-founder of internationally acclaimed fashion house WORLD. Denise has been involved with the IHC Art Awards since 2012 and became an Ambassador in 2016, something she is very honoured to do.

In 2012 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.

2017 IHC Art Award Judges


Gina Matchitt

Gina Matchitt is a Wellington-based artist whose work draws on her Māori tribal affiliations, Te Arawa and Te Whakatōhea and is a fusion of Māori and Pakeha (European) concepts. Her work has been widely exhibited in New Zealand, Australia, The Netherlands, United States and Switzerland. Gina’s work is found in many major New Zealand public collections, including Te Papa Tongarewa - The National Museum of New Zealand, and the Auckland Art Gallery.

Boh Runga

Boh Runga was not content with a music career fronting one of the country’s most successful bands, Stellar*. Since the band disbanded in 2010, she has formed a number of creative partnerships – with Che Fu in 2010 on The Winery Tour and, in 2012, she was back writing music and performing with Anika Moa and Hollie Smith. Boh’s creative partnerships outside of music continue with her Boh Runga for NZ Mint Jewellery, a make-up product under Boh’s name launched by Shiseido, and her Monarch butterfly-inspired rug design for Designer Rugs ‘Kiwi Icon’ collection. Armed with a guitar and a sketchbook, with her head full of melodies and ideas, Boh’s creations flow from the studio to stage and catwalk. Boh first judged the Art Awards in 2013. 

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.

2016 Art Awards winner


An intricate embroidered cushion by Wellington artist Jo-Anne Tapiki has won the 2016 IHC Art Awards.

Second prize went to Dunedin artist Rebecca Donovan and third prize was won by Karin Claydon of Wellington. For the first time the top three prizes went to an all-female line-up of artists.

Auckland-based judge and art consultant Tim Walker says, “The top awards went to three works that radiated that extra 'magic', whether that was a highly original sense of composition, a brilliant use of colour or an aspect of the way the artist had actually made the piece.”

Gina Matchitt and Grant Corbishley, the other two Wellington-based judges, said, that the diversity of the work presented a real challenge. “There was an amazing range of media and approaches, and so many visual delights and surprises.”

There were more than 400 entries in this year’s Awards, including sculptures, installations and textile art, painting and drawing. The IHC Art Awards are open to all New Zealanders with an intellectual disability, age 13 or over, whether or not they use IHC services.

The top three prize-winners were picked out of 30 finalists nationwide and announced at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington on Thursday 16 June. The finalists’ work was auctioned at the event, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the artists.