New NZ Post stamps feature artwork from the IHC Art Awards

Four winning works of art from the IHC Art Awards People’s Choice Award category (2019 – 2021) will feature in the latest edition of NZ Post stamps.

IHC is New Zealand’s leading provider of services for people with intellectual disabilities and its Art Awards are an annual highlight for the organization.

The four works selected for the stamp collection are by Matthew Tonkin (2021), Katie McMillan (2020), Malachi Oldridge (2019) and Charlize Wilson (2018).

Lynette Townsend, NZ Post Collectibles Program and Content Manager, says NZ Post is proud to support IHC in showcasing the talents of Kiwis with intellectual disabilities.

“These stamps allow artists to tell their stories through their creations, and we are honored to be able to feature their exceptional works on our stamps and support these talented individuals,” said Townsend.

The work of IHC Art Awards artists, especially the winners, is exceptional, says Janine Stewart, IHC’s Chief Programs Officer.

“The stamp issue recognizes this and it’s great that more New Zealanders can see their work.”

This year, the awards attracted entries from 412 artists from across New Zealand.

The 100 best works of art, selected by the jury of actor Libby Hunsdale, sculptor Simon Lewis Wards and Student Volunteer Army CEO Sam Johnson, will be displayed in a pop-up gallery at 69 Willis St, Wellington from of July 28.

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About stamps:

$1.70 Matthew Tonkin, ‘Airplane’ – 2021 People’s Choice Award winner Matthew’s silkscreen print was created at Two4nine art studio in Auckland. It is the result of her time spent mastering techniques and experimenting with colors and her own unique designs.

$3.00 Katie McMillan, ‘Colorful Unicorn’ – “I love all the bright colors and doing that. I hope when people see it they’ll be happy,” Katie says of her 2020 winning piece, which is made of colorful acrylic pom poms on a paper backing. chewed, mounted on a shield.

$3.80 Malachi Oldridge, ‘My Nani as a Maori Girl’ – Malachi won in 2019 with a graphite pencil drawing on paper, paying homage to his grandmother. The work is influenced by the work of the late E. Mervyn Taylor, ‘Māori Girl (Hina)’.

$5.10Charlize Wilson, “Looking From Within” – Charlize was just 13 when she won the L’affare People’s Choice Award in 2018 for her acrylic piece. She says art helps her “be herself” and she loves making art, “because it’s so much fun.”

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