02 Mar 2016
Arts Access Aotearoa is calling for nominations to the Arts Access Creative New Zealand Arts For All Award 2016. This award recognises a performing arts company, literary organisation, festival, venue, producer, gallery or museum that best demonstrates its commitment to developing its audiences by becoming more accessible to disabled and Deaf people.
The closing date for nominations is 5pm Monday 11 April 2016.
The recipient of this award will receive $2500, to be used to progress its work in improving access to disabled audiences.
Previous recipients are Auckland Live, 2015; New Zealand Festival, Wellington, 2014; Fortune Theatre, Dunedin, 2013; WOMAD New Zealand, New Plymouth, 2012; and the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, 2011.
The 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 with a physical, sensory or intellectual impairment, or lived experience of mental ill-health.
Richard Benge, Executive Director of Arts Access Aotearoa, says the Arts Access Awards play an important role in profiling excellence and leadership in the arts and disability sectors.
“The nomination process is a great opportunity for people to play their part in recognising New Zealand’s leaders of access to the arts – often the unsung heroes of society who make a real difference,” he 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.”
The five other award categories are:
- 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 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 CQ Hotels Wellington Community Partnership Award, recognising a mutually beneficial partnership between two or more organisations or groups actively engaged in a community-based arts project
- Arts Access Corrections Leadership Award, recognising the outstanding contribution of a New Zealand prison or unit within a prison using the arts as a tool to support the rehabilitation of prisoners or their reintegration into the community on release.
- Arts Access Corrections Community Award, recognising the outstanding contribution of a community group or community organisation working with the Department of Corrections and using the arts as a tool to support the rehabilitation of prisoners or their reintegration into the community on release.
Each of the six awards has a nomination form. You are able to nominate yourself or others. For more information and nomination forms, visit the Arts Access Aotearoa website or contact Claire Noble at Arts Access Aotearoa (T: 04 802 4349 E: firstname.lastname@example.org).
For the two Arts Access Corrections Awards, contact Jacqui Moyes, Arts in Corrections Advisor, Arts Access Aotearoa (T: 04 802 4349 E: email@example.com) for more information or nomination forms.