5 Jul 2017
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A performing artist who has returned home to New Zealand after many years dancing with a renowned dance company in California, a partnership that resulted in a large tape art mural in central Wellington, a creative space providing a pathway from isolation to social inclusion, and leadership in delivering arts programmes in prisons were recognised this week at the Arts Access Awards 2017, presented at Parliament by Arts Access Aotearoa.
The Arts Access Awards 2017 were hosted by Hon Nicky Wagner, Minister for Disability Issues, in the Banquet Hall of Parliament. This year’s Arts Access Accolade was presented to Olivier Lacoua, General Manager of CQ Hotels Wellington by Accolade patron Dame Rosie Horton. It recognises Olivier’s support for Arts Access Aotearoa’s work and the artists for whom it advocates.
Unlike the six other award recipients, selected by a judging panel, the Arts Access Accolade is chosen by Arts Access Aotearoa’s staff and board. Executive Director Richard Benge says it is particularly fitting that Olivier should receive this acknowledgement on the eve of his departure to take up a new role in Christchurch.
“Olivier has demonstrated the mutual benefits of a private business partnering with a not-for-profit organisation,” Richard Benge says. “His confidence in Arts Access Aotearoa as an organisation of merit and his personal support of our purpose that everyone has the right to be creative confirms his place in the heart of our organisation. We salute you, Monsieur Lacoua, and wish you well on your new adventure in Christchurch.”
The six other recipients are:
The annual Arts Access Awards are the key national awards in New Zealand celebrating the achievements of individuals and organisations providing opportunities for people with limited access to engage with the arts as artists and audience members. They also recognise the achievements of an artist with a disability, sensory impairment or lived experience of mental illness.
Richard Benge, Executive Director of Arts Access Aotearoa, said that one in four people in New Zealand – more than one million – live with a disability or impairment.
“That’s a lot of people, who all have the right to enjoy the arts as artists, participants, audience members and gallery visitors,” he said. “Tonight, we celebrate the achievements and contributions of people and communities who make Aotearoa New Zealand a rich, diverse and creative country.”
Highly Commended certificates
Highly Commended certificates were also presented in several of the award categories. These were: