Call for nominations to Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards 2019
Do you want to see an outstanding disabled artist recognised? How about an inclusive project celebrating community arts or a leader providing access to the arts for people in New Zealand? Nominations to this year’s Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards, presented annually by Arts Access Aotearoa, close on Monday 6 May 2019.
Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards celebrate the contribution of individuals, groups and organisations in providing access to the arts. They also acknowledge the achievements and contribution of a New Zealand-based artist or writer with a physical, sensory or intellectual impairment, or lived experience of mental ill-health. This year's awards ceremony will be held at Parliament on Wednesday 11 September.
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.
“Making nominations is a great way people can get involved in celebrating New Zealand’s leaders of access to the arts – often the unsung heroes of society who make a real difference,” Richard says.
“Industry judging panels select the award recipients but ensuring you nominate your leaders is a vital part of the process. Without a nomination, they cannot be considered.”
This year, Arts Access Aotearoa has introduced a new category, the Arts Access Community Arts Award, to highlight the role of arts in the communities. This replaces the Arts Access Community Partnership Award.
The six award categories are:
- Arts Access Community Arts Award, recognising the outstanding results of a recent collaborative, inclusive arts project. It will have demonstrated a high standard of artistic outcomes and followed best practice in community participation. It will also have directly involved a community or communities that experience barriers to participation in the arts
- Arts Access Artistic Achievement Award, recognising the outstanding achievements and contribution of a New Zealand-based artist, who has a physical, sensory or intellectual impairment, or lived experience of mental ill-health
- Arts Access Holdsworth Creative Space Award, recognising the outstanding contribution and impact of a creative space that provides opportunities for people with limited access to make art, across any or all artforms
- Arts Access Creative New Zealand Arts For All Award, recognising a professional performing arts company, festival, literary organisation, venue, producer or gallery that best demonstrates its commitment to building new audiences by becoming more accessible to disabled and Deaf people
- “vital contributor to the health, wellbeing and sustainability of communities
- Arts Access Corrections Whai Tikanga Award, recognising the outstanding contribution of a community group, organisation, initiative or individual working in a prison (e.g. Te Tirohanga or Te Mane Wahine) or Community Probations setting, and using tikanga and the arts to encourage a strong cultural identity and support pro-social living.
Each of the six awards has a nomination form, which you can download below. You are able to nominate yourself or others. For more information, please contact Claire Noble at Arts Access Aotearoa (T: 04 802 4349 E: firstname.lastname@example.org).
For the two Arts Access Corrections Awards, contact Chris Ulutupu, Arts in Corrections Advisor, Arts Access Aotearoa (T: 04 802 4349 E: email@example.com) for more information .
Nominations close at 5pm on Monday 6 May 2019.
Download nomination forms and FAQs