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Tuesday, 21 May 2019 10:44 pm

Hundreds enter IHC art show in Wellington


HAPPY ARTIST: Daniel Phillips with his entry in the annual IHC arts awards.

HUNDREDS of colourful murals and self portraits hang on the wall of a small studio in central Wellington, ready to kick off this year’s Telecom IHC art exhibition.

The artworks – on display at the Alpha St studio from now until August 27 – will be judged, with the winner receiving $5000, second $2000 and two third prizes of $1000.

Some 30 will be chosen for an exhibition at the St James Theatre gallery from September 14 to 21, prior to touring the country.


The government-funded programme started in 2004 and displays the range of artwork created by students with intellectual disabilities from around the country.

The purpose is to encourage IHC students to make art with emphasis on community involvement, says co-ordinator Emma Cullen (left).

Over the years, it has become an important event, with more than 400 entries in last year’s exhibition, a total expected to be exceeded this time.

She says most of the money made from selling the artwork goes towards buying art supplies for the students so they can continue to paint.

“Most of them that come here [the students] see this as a full time job, painting and making things.”

ALPHA ST ART: Poppy Hill gets creative with cardboard.

ALPHA ST ART: Poppy Hill gets creative with cardboard.

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