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Collage of award images Photos: Vanessa Rushton PhotographyAbout Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards

Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards acknowledge the contribution of individuals and organisations in providing access to the arts. They 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. 

Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards 2018

Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards 2018 were celebrated in Parliament and hosted by Hon Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Disability Issues and Acting Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage on Wednesday 1 August. Richard Benge, Executive Director of Arts Access Aotearoa, says Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards play an important role in profiling excellence and leadership in the arts and disability sectors. They also highlight leaders in the use of the arts as a tool supporting the rehabilitative process of prisoners and their reintegration back into society on release.

Along with the seven awards, the Arts Access Accolade was presented this year by Kaumatua Bill Kaua. to Beth Hill, Northland Region Corrections Facility  This Accolade is decided by Arts Access Aotearoa staff and board and is presented to someone who has made a significant contribution to the organisation. Congratulations, Beth! Check out the photos on Flickr

Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards 2018 logo


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