IHC Art Awards - Terms and conditions

1. Eligibility

Artists must have an intellectual disability or an intellectual disability and autism and must be a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident of New Zealand aged 13 years or older at the time of entry.

Artists DO NOT have to be using IHC, IDEA Services or Choices NZ services. The artwork must have been completed by the artist listed on the entry form, with minimal help from others.  Group artworks will not be accepted.

Artists aged between 13 and 17 years old will automatically fall into the Youth Award category. This is a new category, introduced in 2021.


2. Artwork medium

All types of artwork are eligible, including drawing, painting, collage, photography or sculpture. Artwork must be original and created by the artist, with minimal help from others.


3. Size

Maximum size is 2m x 3m, or in the case of sculpture / craft no larger than 1m x 1m x 1m.


4. Artwork

Only one artwork per artist may be entered. Group artworks will not be accepted. The work must have been completed in the last 12 (twelve) months, with minimal help from others, to be eligible.

Diptychs and triptych artworks (ie; two or three panels that make up one artwork and not two or more individual pieces) will be accepted. A series of artworks will not be accepted unless they are framed as one piece and fits within the artwork sizing stated above.

Please remember to provide clear and close up photos of your artwork as the photos you send in will be used by our judges to select the Top 100 artworks.

If you are selected as one of the Top 100 artworks, you will be notified by email. You will be required to send your artwork to the IHC National office before the date stated in the email.


5. L'affare People's Choice Award

The L'affare People's Choice Award winner is selected from the IHC Art Awards 30 finalists and is selected by members of the public via online voting. 


6. Youth Award

The Youth Award winner is selected from IHC Art Awards entrants aged 13 to 17 years old. The judges will select the winner of the Youth Award from the Top 100 artworks, and their entry will automatically go through to be one of the 30 finalists. This means the Youth Award winner is also eligible to win the L'affare People's Choice Award and first, second or third place.


7. Judging

The selection of finalists and awarding of first, second, third and the Youth Award winners is made by a panel of three judges. The decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into. A further prize; the L'affare People's Choice Award will be selected through online voting.

Both the Youth Award and the L'affare People's Choice Award winners are eligible to be selected as first, second or third place winners.


8. Entries opening date

The entry opening date for submitting artworks is Saturday 1 May 2021. Artworks will not be accepted before this date. All artworks must be submitted online using the IHC Art Awards Entry Form.


9. Entries closing date

All artworks must be submitted and received online by 31 May 2021. Late entries will not be accepted.


10. Top 100 artworks

Up to 100 artworks will be chosen from the entries received to form the Top 100.


11. Reproduction / publication of artwork

All artists must be willing to participate in publicity or media stories and agree to the publication or reproduction of their work by IHC at any time to promote this and future Art Awards for people with intellectual disabilities, without payment of any fee, royalty or commission.


12. Framing and presentation

If your artwork is selected as part of the top 100, please send your artwork to IHC framed or mounted. Quality materials as well as framing or mounting can greatly enhance artworks and their chance of success. For advice about framing, please view the hanging instructional video on the IHC website.

Artworks MUST arrive already framed or with hanging / display instructions.


13. Sale of artwork

The 30 finalists’ artwork must be available for sale.  The sale price artist's place on their work will be the starting bid for the online auction to be held on either Trademe or at a our gala event at Te Papa in Wellington on Thursday 30 September 2021. One hundred percent (100%) of the sale price will be paid to the artists if the work is sold during either the online auction event or at the gala event.

The remaining Top 100 artworks will be available for sale via an online auction on Trademe. One hundred percent (100%) of the sale price will be paid to the artists if the work is sold during the online auction event.

If the artwork does not sell, it will be returned to the artist.


14. Payment for artwork

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.

Proof of bank account details must be provided to IHC National Office, either being a bank deposit slip or a copy of you’re the entrants online bank statement, clearly showing their bank account name and bank account number. This information is required before the requested date.

Artists will receive a confirmation email advising the sale price of their artwork and the expected date of payment to their bank account.


15. Pricing artworks

Please be realistic when setting sale prices. Finalists need to be aware that their work may reach a higher price at auction, but this is not guaranteed. Artworks should be priced depending on the following:

  • Materials.
  • Size.
  • Complexity.
  • Cost of production (eg; framing costs).
  • Previous sales history.


16. Notification to finalists

As soon as the Top 100 judging is over, all artists will be contacted to let them know if they have or have not been selected as part of the Top 100.


17. WORLD Legacy Charity Project opportunity 2021

Alongside the IHC Art Awards, entrants may have the opportunity for their art to be selected by WORLD to be part of their WORLD Legacy Charity Project. More details will be provided closer to the time.


18. Risk

All entries are submitted at the sole risk of the artists. IHC accepts no liability for any loss or damage and shall not be required to provide insurance cover or cover the costs of damage to artworks.


19. Media

As an entrant of the IHC Art Awards, you may be approached by media or want to approach media yourself to talk about your artwork. If this happens, contact the IHC Communications team at ihccomms@ihc.org.nz for support to work with media, and for information about the IHC Art Awards.