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2006 IHC Telecom Art Awards Finalists

2006 IHC Telecom Art Awards Finalists

The 30 finalists for the 2006 IHC Telecom Art Awards were announced today (see list below). The finalists were selected from almost 600 artworks submitted by artists with intellectual disabilities throughout New Zealand and will have their work exhibited at the Centre of Contemporary Art (COCA) in Christchurch from 13th June to 2nd July.

This year's judging panel comprises artists Dick Frizzell and Andy Leleisi'uao, and the Auckland Museum's curator of Applied Arts, Louis Le Vaillant. Dick Frizzell says the artworks underline the power of art as a means of communication. "As a judge, I have to base my selections purely on the artistic merit of the artworks and, on that basis alone, the standard is truly impressive.

For those who view the exhibition, however, the works will take on even greater significance when people learn about the extraordinary personal experiences of the artists," he said. The IHC Telecom Art Awards were established in 2004 to foster and showcase the extraordinary talents and perspectives of New Zealanders with intellectual disabilities. The overall winners will be announced at a national Awards function and auction at COCA in Christchurch on 30th June. The first place winner receives $4,000, second place receives $2,000 and third place $1,000. The finalists' work can be viewed online at www.ihc.org.nz, with details on how to bid for individual artworks. Last year's auction of the finalists' artworks raised more than $11,000. The IHC Telecom Art Awards are part of Telecom's Community Connection sponsorship programme which provides charitable organisations with more than $5 million in support each year. In 2005, Telecom's support of the IHC Telecom Art Awards won a NZ Sponsorship Award.

The 30 finalists in the 2006 IHC Telecom Art Awards are: NAME ARTWORK CITY/TOWN Mark Warner Untitled Auckland Alan Knowles Dens Auckland Peter Fraser Farm House Auckland Nicholas Davis My Own World Auckland Devneel Sukhedo Feelings Auckland Paul Sedgwick Auckland Phone Book Hamilton Kenny Edge Computers & Television Hamilton Peter Smith National Geography Hamilton Kim Jones Angel & Sick Man Waharoa Brett Udy Butterflies Waikanae Michael Cupples Untitled Wellington Juliette Nally Untitled Wellington Reece Tong Butterfly Wellington Amy Szostak Untitled Wellington Daniel Phillips I Like Everything Wellington Vicki Dooley Houses - Shapes Wellington Almitra Langton Daffodils Wellington Shane Skipper Untitled Wellington Shaun O'Riordan Red iPod Wellington Mary McEwan Toytown Nelson Erin Coleman Drop of milk in tea Nelson Vanessa Jaguasch The Playground Nelson Ronald Philpott Car Christchurch Sasha Rae Three sisters Christchurch Sasha Rae Mother & child Christchurch Mark Sloss Christ suffering on Christchurch the cross Leanne Sowman Wellington's suburbia Christchurch Kelvin Maxwell Blue on Red Dunedin Sharon Anderson Self portrait Invercargill

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