Introducing the Arts Access Awards
The Arts Access Awards (formerly called the Big ‘A’ Awards) were introduced in 2007 to acknowledge the contribution of individuals and organisations in providing access to the arts.
The Arts Access Awards are presented in the Banquet Hall of Parliament every year by Arts Access Aotearoa. These are the key national awards in New Zealand celebrating the achievements of individuals and organisations providing opportunities for people with limited access to participate in the arts, as artists and audience members. They also acknowledge the achievements and contribution of a New Zealand artist with a physical, sensory or intellectual impairment, or lived experience of mental ill-health.
The Arts Access Awards 2016 were held in the Banquet Hall of Parliament on Wednesday 10 August.