IHC Art Awards - Terms and conditions

1. Eligibility

Artists must have an intellectual disability or 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. The artwork must have been completed by the artist listed on the entry form, with minimal help from others.


2. Medium

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


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 to be eligible.

If you are selected as one of the top 100 artworks, then your artwork must arrive already framed and with hanging / display instructions to IHC National Office for exhibiting. Your artwork must have picture hooks ready for hanging on the wall.

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.


5. Judging

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


6. Closing date

All artworks must be submitted and received online by 4.00pm on Friday 30 April 2020. Late entries will not be accepted.


7. National Judging

A total of 100 artworks will be chosen from the entries.


8. 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.


9. Framing and presentation

If your artwork is selected as one of the top 100 artworks, please send your artwork to IHC framed or mounted for exhibition. 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.


10. Sale of artwork

All artwork must be available for sale. The sale price artists place on their work for the National Exhibition in Lower Hutt will become the reserve or minimum price should their work be selected as a finalist and go forward for auction at the Gala Event in Auckland. One hundred percent (100%) of the sale price will be paid to the artists if the work is sold at either the National Exhibition or the Gala Event.


11. Payment for artwork

One hundred percent (100%) of the sale price will be paid to the artists if the work is sold. Payment will not be paid into the account of the art base, family member, support person or friend.


12. 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.


13. Notification to finalists

As soon as the National judging is over, artists who have been selected as finalists will be notified by email. Artworks that are not selected and do not sell at the National Exhibition will be returned to the artist at the end of the National Exhibition.


14. National Exhibition and Gala event night

The selected top 100 artworks will be exhibited at the Arts on High gallery, Lower Hutt, during July 2020. The 30 finalist’s works will then be displayed, and the winners announced on Thursday 13 August 2020 at The Aotea Centre in Auckland. The original artworks must be available for the night.


15. WORLD opportunity 2020

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


16. 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 for the entries.


17. 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.