NZ Post’s new stamps showcase artwork from IHC Art Awards

Four winning artworks from the IHC Art Awards L’affare People’s Choice Award (2019 – 2021) category will feature in NZ Post’s newest stamp release.

IHC is New Zealand’s leading provider of services for people with intellectual disabilities and its Art Awards are an annual highlight for the organisation.

The four artworks selected for the stamp collection are by Matthew Tonkin (2021), Katie McMillan (2020), Malachi Oldridge (2019) and Charlize Wilson (2018).

NZ Post Collectables Programme and Content Manager Lynette Townsend says NZ Post is proud to support IHC by showcasing the talents of Kiwis with an intellectual disability.

“These stamps allow the artists to tell their stories through their creations, and we feel honoured to be able to feature their outstanding artworks on our stamps and support these talented people,” Townsend said.

The work of IHC Art Awards artists, especially the prize winners, is exceptional says IHC Programmes General Manager Janine Stewart.

“The stamp issue recognises this and it’s great more New Zealanders will get to see their work.”

This year the awards attracted entries from 412 artists from all over New Zealand.

The top 100 artworks, selected by the judging panel made up of actor Libby Hunsdale, sculptor Simon Lewis Wards, and Student Volunteer Army CEO Sam Johnson, will go on display in a pop-up gallery at 69 Willis St, Wellington from 28 July.

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About the stamps:

$1.70 Matthew Tonkin, ‘Aeroplane’ - Matthew’s screen print, the L’affare People’s Choice Award winner in 2021, was created at Two4nine art studio in Auckland. It is the result of his time spent mastering techniques and experimenting with colours and his own unique designs.

$3.00 Katie McMillan, ‘Colourful Unicorn’ - “I love all the bright colours and making this. I hope when people see it, they are happy,” says Katie about her 2020 winning artwork, which is made from coloured acrylic pompoms over a paper-mâché support, mounted on a shield.

$3.80 Malachi Oldridge, ‘My Nani as a Māori Girl’ - Malachi won in 2019 with a graphite pencil drawing on paper, paying tribute to his grandmother. The artwork is influenced by the late E. Mervyn Taylor’s artwork, ‘Māori Girl (Hina)’.

$5.10 Charlize Wilson, ‘Looking Out from the Inside’ - Charlize was only 13 when she won the L’affare People’s Choice Award in 2018 for her acrylic piece. She says art helps her “be herself” and that she likes doing art, “because it’s so much fun”.

About the IHC Art Awards

The IHC Art Awards remains an annual highlight as a showcase for the talent and achievements of people with intellectual disabilities.

Entries are open to New Zealanders aged 13 or over with an intellectual disability or intellectual disability and autism regardless of whether they use IHC, IDEA Services or Choices NZ services.

In recent years, new awards have been introduced, including the L’affare People’s Choice Award.

In 2022, the awards attracted entries from 412 artists from all over New Zealand with the major winners to be announced on 28 July 2022.

Last year the IHC Art Awards introduced a new category for young artists. The winner of the Youth Award and a cash prize of $1500 is selected from entrants between the ages of 13 and 17 and drawn from the top 100 artworks.

They are also eligible to win the L’affare People's Choice Award ($2000) and first ($5000), second ($3000) or third place ($2000) overall. This year, there has been a surge in the number of entries from young people still at school, from nine last year to 27 this year.

Judging is scheduled to be complete by the end of June.