The IHC Art Awards - “Holdsworth Charitable Trust Scholarship” 2024

The Holdsworth Charitable Trust Scholarship (the Scholarship Award) is a new Award being introduced in 2024.  The Scholarship Award is for Art Studios(Studios) only to enter (please see the definition for Studio below).  Studios can submit up to a maximum of three artworks, by different artists.  Any one of the three artworks submitted will also be eligible for first, second or third place or the L’affare People’s Choice Award winner.


The prize money is $5,000 and will go to the winning Studio and not to the artists. The prize money can be used at the Studio’s discretion but could be used towards materials, equipment, or a contribution towards additional tutor salaries.  


Definition of “Studio(s)”

Art Studio means a room or workspace for artists or artisans, including individuals or groups that are either being taught art or are practicing arts(painting, drawing, pottery, craft etc) or skilled in an applied art or craft.  This includes Art Studios and / or other organisations or providers that provide group art classes.  

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. The artwork must have been completed by the artists listed on the entry form, with minimal help from others.  Group artworks will not be accepted.

2. Artwork Medium

All types of artworks are eligible, including drawing, painting, collage, or sculpture.  Please note, we are no longer accepting photography entries in the IHC Art Awards.  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 no larger than 1m x 1m x 1m.

4. Artwork

Up to a maximum of three artworks per studio 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.

5. The L'affare People's Choice Award

One of the three submitted artworks could still be selected as a finalist by our judge and be eligible to win the L’affare People’s Choice Award. The L’affare People’s Choice Award is selected by members of the public via online voting.  

6. Judging

The selection of the Award Scholarship winner(s) is made by one judge. Their decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

The judge will select the winner(s) from the number of entries received.

7. Entries Opening Date

The entry opening date for submitting artworks is 9am on Monday 1 April 2024.  Artworks will not be accepted before this date.  All artworks are to be submitted online using the Art Awards Holdsworth Charitable Trust Scholarship Entry form.

All Scholarship entries will be exhibited as part of our Art Awards exhibition at Webb’s Auction House in Wellington.  You will need to send us your actual artwork to National Office before the due date of Monday 27 May 2024.  Please print and attach your confirmation email you receive after submitting your entry online.  We need this to accept your artwork.

Address to send your artwork to:

IHC Art Awards IHC New Zealand Level 15, 57 Willis Street Wellington 6021

8. Entries Closing Date

The entry closing date is 5pm on Tuesday 30 April 2024.  Please ensure all entries are received before this time and date as late entries will not be accepted.

9. 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 both the Art Awards and Scholarship Award without payment of any fee, royalty, or commission.

10. Framing and Presentation

You will need to send your artwork to IHC’s National Office framed or mounted.  We will not accept artworks on paper or cardboard if they are not framed.  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 mounted and with hanging / display instructions.

11. Sale of Artwork

All entries received must be available for sale.  If you do not wish to sell your artwork, please do not enter it.

The sale price artists place on their work will be the price the artwork is sold for.  Should the artwork not sell at the Webb’s Auction House exhibition, the artwork will be returned to the artist / studio.  One hundred percent (100%) of the sale price will be paid to the artists if the work is sold.

12. Payment for Artwork

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

Proof of bank account details must be provided to IHC National Office when submitting your entry form.  Proof of bank account can be either a bank deposit slip or a copy of the entrant’s online bank statement (without the transactions) clearly showing the bank logo, their bank account name, and their bank account number.  We cannot accept bank account details written or typed on a piece of paper.

If the artist does not have a bank account, we may be able to pay this into a family members bank, however this will be approved on a case-by-case basis.

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

13. Pricing Artwork

Please be realistic when setting sale prices.   Do not set an unrealistic price because you don’t want to sell your artwork.  If you do not want to sell your artwork, please do not enter it.  Artworks should be priced depending on the following:

• Materials

• Size.

• Complexity

• Cost of production (eg; framing costs)

• Previous sales history

14. WORLD Legacy Charity Project Opportunity 2024

Alongside the 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.

15. 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.

This includes any damage to artworks couriered to IHC’s National Office or being returned to the artist, should the artwork not sell.

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 for support to work with media, and for information about the IHC Art Awards.

Please do not liaise with media directly.

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