IHC Art Awards 2023

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.

Purchase artwork on Trade Me!

Don't miss your chance to own a piece of art from this year's Art Awards. We are auctioning 277 pieces and all sale proceeds go directly to the artist. The auctions are now open and close at 4pm on Friday 8 September.

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First place

Max Hinds-Brown
The Red Chair

Second place

Courtney Youens
My Dad

Third place

Erena Wylie
Korowai Tui Cloak

Youth Award

Ryko McAvoy-Hope

L’affare People’s Choice Award

Manaia Matakatea
Grocery List

Online gallery

Explore the captivating collection of Art Awards entries in our online gallery.

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Pop up gallery

All 493 entries received in this year’s Art Awards were exhibited at our pop up gallery in Wellington and available for sale with 100% of the sale proceeds going to the artist.  Any artworks that didn’t sell in the gallery will be sold on Trade Me later in August 2023.

Any queries, please email ihc.events@ihc.org.nz


$5,000 First Place Winner

$3,000 Second Place Winner

$2,000 Third Place Winner

$1,500 Youth Award Winner

$2,000 L'affare People's Choice Award

We didn't have a Top 100 this year and instead, the judges selected the 30 finalists including the first, second, third and the Youth Award winners from all the entries received.

Art Awards terms and conditions

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Judging panel

Tim Walker

Tim Walker

Tim Walker is an Auckland-based arts & culture consultant. After playing leadership roles in the museum sector for three decades – including as senior art curator through the development of Te Papa, and director of TheNewDowse – he set up his own company. As a consultant Tim works with arts, culture and heritage organisations, iwi and hapu, tourism businesses, and government and local government throughout NZ.

Tim is chair of Toi Whakaari – the NZ Drama School. He has a MA in Art History and was awarded an Honorary Degree in Creative Technologies by the Council of the Wellington Institute of Technology.

Judge to be announced

Mark Hutchins-Pond

Mark Hutchins-Pond

Mark Hutchins-Pond joined Webb’s, Wellington, as an Art Specialist last September after a decade as the lead curator, contemporary art, at the Pātaka Art+Museum in Porirua. Mark’s extensive art sector expertise has been acquired over three decades of studying, writing, presenting, critiquing, and championing the best contemporary fine art in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Before leading Pātaka’s curatorial team, Mark established and successfully directed his own dealer gallery for nine years in Upper Willis Street, Wellington, where he represented a several senior artists who continue to achieve record prices in the secondary market to this day.

Mark has years of experience of judging art competitions for Pātaka Art+Museum, Mahara Gallery, Hutt Art Society, and Wellington Sculpture Trust and looks forward to being part of the judging panel for this year’s IHC Art Awards.

Judge to be announced

Elizabeth Caldwell

Elizabeth Caldwell

Elizabeth Caldwell has been working in the NZ visual arts sector for more than 25 years and received an ONZM for her services to the arts in the 2022 King’s New Year’s Honours.  She is currently Te Ringa Auaha | Director Art & Heritage at Experience Wellington, with responsibility for the oversight of the conceptual content of the exhibitions at all its sites, including City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi and Wellington Museum.

Professional roles prior to this include Director City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi, Director at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Head of Art at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Visual Arts Manager at Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa, and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu.

Photo by Celeste Fontein.

Judge to be announced

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IHC Art Awards Ambassador

Dame Denise L’Estrange-Corbet is the co-founder of the highly acclaimed fashion house WORLD which was established in 1989 with Francis Hooper in Auckland.

Her love of the arts saw her first judge the IHC Art Awards in 2009, she then went onto become the IHC Art Awards Ambassador in 2017 and was made Patron of IHC New Zealand in 2022.

Dame Denise L'Estrange-Corbet

Our sponsors

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The Holdsworth Charitable Trust

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

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Beloved New Zealand coffee business, L’affare, is the generous sponsor of the L’affare People’s Choice Award.
L’affare first became involved with the awards in 2020 when they hosted a special exhibition of top artworks in their flagship roastery and café in Wellington.
IHC is grateful for their support of the IHC Art Awards and of artists with intellectual disabilities.

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