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Artists at Work Festival 2019

Do you want to be a part of the ‘Artists at Work Festival 2019’ hosted by the Waipa District Libraries? During April, WDL is offering artists of various media the chance to promote themselves in a celebration of art in the Community Room at the Te Awamutu Library.

We will be hosting the festival on Friday 26 April and Saturday 27 April. Artists work on a current project in a space shared with other local artists.
You are invited to display a variety of completed artworks (as space allows) and your business cards and/or contact details, however, any transactions resulting from these sessions must not take place within the library.

Visitors will have the opportunity to observe the fascinating process of an artwork being created. The aim is for these sessions to be relaxed, informal and friendly; to generate curiosity, creativity, and connections.

This is a great opportunity to boost your profile and promote yourself and your work in our local community. There is no charge to be included in the programme and we will not be charging people to attend.

If you would like to be considered for this exciting programme please email Hannah.May@waipadc.govt.nz for further information.

PLUS, the Cambridge Library has a commission opportunity!

We are looking for an artist to create an artwork on one of the internal pillars in the Library. The brief:

To paint one of two (your choice) circular, indoor pillars with a  design inspired by or relating to Cambridge, nature, the library, books or literature, in some way that presents a positive message, suitable for all audiences, including children.

The pillars are made of textured concrete and one of them has power and data points at its base. These points are essential and need to be incorporated into the design.

If you’d like more information about this opportunity, please email Hannah.May@waipadc.govt.nz

Designs must be received no later than Friday April 12, 2019

2019 IHC Art Awards

Key Dates:

  • 1 May - Entries open
  • 31 May - Entries close
  • 5 September - Gala event

The IHC Art Awards are open to all New Zealanders with an intellectual disability, aged 13 or over, regardless of whether they use IHC or IDEA services. Entry forms will be available on 1 May 2019.

Dame Denise L’Estrange-Corbet – IHC Art Awards Ambassador

Dame Denise L’Estrange-Corbet, is co-founder of internationally acclaimed fashion house WORLD. Denise has been involved with the IHC Art Awards since 2009 and became an Ambassador in 2016, something she is very honoured to do.

In 2009 she met an artist through the Art Awards, and has employed this lady part time in WORLD's Head Office since then. "It is about supporting people in whatever way you can. They give back so much more than you could ever imagine, we have learnt so much from Jojo," Denise says.

The Holdsworth Charitable Trust

IHC would like to acknowledge and thank the Holdsworth Charitable Trust for once again generously supporting the IHC Art Awards in 2019. The Holdsworth Charitable Trust has been the major sponsor of the IHC Art Awards since 2014 and IHC is extremely proud of the long association between the Holdsworth Charitable Trust and the IHC Art Awards.

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We are looking for artists and performers to join us at this year's LAUNCHED Disability Pride Festival, to be held Thursday 26th September at Southwell School in Hamilton. There are two variety shows (morning and evening) and an arts display on all day. For more information, to volunteer, or to sign up, contact us on launchednz@gmail.com.

Download the registration form here and make sure you submit before the June 30th deadline.