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Local Artist Takes Second at National IHC Art Awards

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September 2014

Local Artist Takes Out Second Place at National IHC Art Awards

Proving the world is open to him as an artist regardless of the challenges he has to overcome, Kaiapoi resident Andrew Martin recently won second place at the national IHC Art Awards Competition.

The National IHC Art Awards are a competition for people with intellectual disabilities where Andrew’s colourful painting of a sheepdog won him second place, competing against lots of other talented New Zealand artists. Winning second place meant that, as well as being able to showcase his artwork, Andrew also won $2,000 in prize money.

One of the biggest influences on Andrew’s work and passion is the support that he has received from Te Roopu Taurima O Manukau Trust, who encourage his artistic abilities. Andrew lives in Kaiapoi at Whare Awhina, supported accommodation with the Trust.

Te Roopu Taurima O Manukau Trust are the country’s largest Kaupapa Maori health organisation, who cater to people with intellectual disabilities from all cultures and walks of life. They make sure their clients (mokopuna) get the best possible quality of life and opportunities for their creativity. With this in mind, Te Roopu Taurima O Manukau Trust organised art tutorage for Andrew at Our Studio.

Even before winning second place at the IHC Art Awards, Andrew’s artwork was highly sought after by collectors and members of the public. Many of his pieces are sold before they can be displayed at exhibitions.

Andrew’s winning sheepdog painting is quite typical of his work, which tends to feature animals, trees, and New Zealand landscapes in bold pastels.

Andrew says that he felt “very anxious and nervous” about whether he’d win. Andrew’s entry initially made the top 10 pieces of art for the South Island, and it was just as his proud parents were making the necessary preparations to attend that ceremony in Wellington, that Andrew found out he’d actually won second place.

Andrew’s artwork is clearly a stand-out piece to be proud of, however Te Roopu Taurima O Manukau Trust were thrilled they were able to send many other entries in to the IHC Art Awards on behalf of their talented clients. Te Roopu Taurima O Manukau Trust are sure to see their clients, including Andrew, achieving many more artistic milestones in the future

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