Tracey Banwell (left), of IHC, and Janet de Wagt put the
finishing touches to the IHC Art Exhibition at the Dunedin
Community Gallery. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
One of the more unusual art exhibitions in New Zealand
has returned to Dunedin for a third year and is now open in the
The annual IHC Art Awards were set up in 2004 to show art
created by the intellectually disabled community. The
exhibition includes photographs, sculptures and paintings by
artists from all over the South Island.
Artwork organiser Janet de Wagt said the event was a great
opportunity for the intellectually disabled community to
share artistic abilities which otherwise would not be seen.
This year's event attracted 164 entries, with participants
ranging in age from 13 to more than 70.
IHC vocational co-ordinator Tracey Banwell said the standard
and quality of work was higher this year. She said the larger
number of entrants indicated there was more awareness and
interest in the exhibition this year.
''This event is not about raising money - it's about raising
awareness for the disabled community and to exhibit their
All artwork is for sale and all proceeds go directly to the
artist. The exhibition is one of three regional events, with
others in Hamilton and Hastings.
Ten finalists will be chosen from each region and their work
will be judged at the IHC National Art Awards in Wellington
on August 21.
The Dunedin exhibition is open until July 17.
- Holly Ryan