Entries flood into Napier for IHC Art Awards

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Media release

1 July 2014

Writer, actor and director Oscar Kightley has a huge and exciting job ahead of him judging the IHC Art Awards 2014 in Napier next week (Tuesday 8 July).

Oscar has to pick his top 10 finalists out of 186 artworks that have flooded in from all over the lower North Island. Napier is hosting the first of three regional exhibitions in this year’s IHC Art Awards and the number of works arriving in Hawke’s Bay has almost doubled from last year.

Oscar joins Denise L’Estrange-Corbet, from WORLD fashion, and celebrated musician and jewellery artist Boh Runga as this year’s judges. Denise will pick 10 finalists from the South Island competition in Dunedin on 16 July and Boh will select a further 10 finalists from the upper North Island in Hamilton on July 21.

The top three prize-winners will be selected from these 30 finalists and announced at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington on Thursday 28 August. The finalists’ work will be auctioned on the night, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the artists.

In 2013 Clive artist Andrea Nowell-Usticke won second prize and $2000 with her painting entitled Deer and Lady. She has entered again this year.

The IHC Art Awards are open to all New Zealanders with an intellectual disability, age 13 or over, whether or not they use IHC services. The artworks traditionally cover everything from sculptures, installations and textile art, to painting and drawing.

Last year a total of 459 people entered and this year the total number of entries is close to 600.

View the exhibition:

Napier 9–17 July, Photographers’ Gallery Hawke’s Bay, 138 Tennyson Street. The gallery is open from 9am–3pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

Oscar Kightley

Oscar is an award-winning writer, celebrated actor and accomplished director. A recipient of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2009 for his services to television and theatre, Oscar is well known for creating and performing in some of the country’s best shows including Sione’s Wedding and Bro’ Town. A regular columnist for the Sunday News, Oscar continues to write for various projects on both the small and silver screens. As an avid supporter of IHC, Oscar is excited and proud to be a part of the judging panel for this year’s IHC Arts Awards for the first time.

For more information, contact:

Gina Rogers

National Manager Communications

Tel: 04 495 2771, Mob: 021 388 208

About IHC:

IHC works for all people with an intellectual disability. It provides services, advocacy, support and information. IHC advocates for the rights, inclusion and welfare of all people with an intellectual disability and supports them to live satisfying lives in the community.

IHC is committed to including everyone with intellectual disability in their local communities. It is New Zealand’s largest provider of services to people with intellectual disabilities and their families.

Our history reaches back over 60 years to families who set up an association to lobby for a better deal for their children.

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