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IHC Telecom Art Awards Exhibition At The Dowse

Finalists Selected For IHC Telecom Art Awards Exhibition At The Dowse

11 March 2005

Thirty finalists from around New Zealand have been selected for the IHC Telecom Art Awards exhibition at The Dowse in Lower Hutt from 9 April to 10 July. The finalists were selected from over 400 artworks submitted by artists with intellectual disabilities throughout New Zealand.

Last year, 300 entries were received for the inaugural IHC Telecom Art Awards and this year’s Awards also attracted entries from two artists based in the Cook Islands.

George Hill, the 2nd place winner in the inaugural awards in 2004 for his work “Bottom Teeth”, is a finalist again with a new piece entitled Note No.6.

The three regional judges for the Awards were all struck by the quality of entries for the Awards. Mary Kisler, Mackelvie Curator of International Art at the Auckland Art Gallery, says she was particularly impressed by the range of the artwork submitted.

“None of the finalists’ pieces are similar and they are all beautifully presented. From the subjects and images depicted you could really sense they were by the hand of the artist and the artworks, therefore, provide a fascinating perspective on the artists’ lives,” she said.

The IHC Telecom Art Awards exhibition at The Dowse in April is believed to be the first national exhibition of artwork by artists’ with intellectual disabilities. The overall winners of the Awards will be announced at a National Awards function and auction at The Dowse on 11 May.

The finalists’ work can also be viewed online at from 1 April, with details on how to bid for individual artworks.
The 30 finalists in the 2005 IHC Telecom Art Awards are:

Name Title of artwork City/Town
Tony Green Step to Heaven Auckland
Bruce Farnhill Galaxy Auckland
Vesna Tomic Lavender Smell in the Air Auckland
Louise Rae Little Witch Story Auckland
Kushani Sarathchandra Chinese Dragon Hamilton
Reuben Bennett Untitled Hamilton
Kenny Edrie Untitled - embroidery ring, lavenderbag, cellotape roll… Hamilton
Paul Sedgwick Telecom Phonebook 2000 Hamilton
Janine Sisson Gulls Hamilton
Caroline Oakes Incoming Tide Ohaupo – Waikato
Vincent Kent Prestidge Afro Vince Hawera
Quintin Barrett Tractor Normanby - Taranaki
Tony Ball Untitled Napier
George Hill Note No 6 Wanganui
Brett Uddy Pop Plants Kapiti Coast
Ian Markleu Squares Wellington
Micheal Cupples Red Windows Wellington
Amy Szostaok Untitled Wellington
Jim Alley Cacoon Baby Nelson
Kerry Fitzpatrick The Guardians Christchurch
Alexandra Walker Self Portrait Christchurch
Sandra McLeod Dinner Time in the Country Christchurch
Simon Daniel Atkinson Easter Blessing with Angels Christchurch
Hal Elderton The Escape for the King (Mary and Joseph) Christchurch
Diana Dimes Diana's Diamonds Greymouth
Diana Dimes Diana's Windmill Greymouth
Marina Pessione Springtime 1 Central Otago
Narlene Gin Still 23 Minutes North Otago
Susan Hassed Daybase Invercargill
Sharon Anderson Collage of Abstract Art Invercargill


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