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.

Entry information

Entry dates

Entries open at 9am on Monday 1 May 2023

Entries close at 5pm on Wednesday 31 May 2023

Who can enter

Entries are open to people aged 13 or over with an intellectual disability or an intellectual disability and autism.

How to enter

All artworks are to be submitted online using the Art Awards Entry form (available on 1 May 2023 when entries open).

Click here to view the terms and conditions.


$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

All artwork exhibited

An exciting new change to the Art Awards this year is we will be exhibiting all artist entries in our pop up gallery in Wellington.  This means everybody has an opportunity to sell their artwork in the gallery and should your artwork not sell in the gallery, we will list this for you on Trademe.  You will receive 100% of the sale proceeds.

We aren’t having a Top 100 this year and instead, the judges will select the 30 finalists including the first, second, third and the Youth Award winners from all the entries received.

This does mean, you will be required to forward your artwork to National Office.  We will be in touch with all you to let you know when you need to have this to us by.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at ihc.events@ihc.org.nz

Last year's winning artworks


Mark Warner

First place
Serious Strokes

Sarah Holton

Serious Strokes
Second place
Portrait of Lorde

Emma White

Portrait of Lorde
Third place

Helena Brocklebank

L’affare People's Choice Award
Youth Award
See past winners

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

See past judges

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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