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#17 Big 'A' Awards 2012

Nominate someone for a Big 'A' Award by Friday 23 March!

Arts Access Aotearoa is seeking nominations to its Big ‘A’ Awards 2012, the only national awards in New Zealand celebrating the often unsung work being done in communities throughout New Zealand to provide artistic opportunities for people with limited access.

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A new award recognising the artistic achievements of a disabled or sensory impaired artist is one of six award categories in the Big ‘A’ Awards 2012, to be presented in the Banquet Hall at Parliament on 18 July. Last year’s awards ceremony was attended by more than 200 guests.

The closing date for nominations is Friday 23 March 2012. The six award categories are:

  1. Big ‘A’ Artistic Achievement Award, recognising the outstanding achievements and contribution of an artist based in New Zealand who has a physical, sensory or intellectual impairment or is a mental health services user.
  2. Big ‘A’ 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.
  3. Big ‘A’ 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.
  4. Big ‘A’ Creative New Zealand Arts For All Award, recognising an arts organisation, company, venue or producer that best demonstrates its commitment to developing its audiences by becoming more accessible to the disabled community.
  5. Big ‘A’ Prison Arts Leadership Award, recognising the outstanding contribution of an individual using the arts as a tool to support the rehabilitation/reintegration of prisoners The individual must be an employee, contractor or volunteer with the Department of Corrections.
  6. Big ‘A’ Prison Arts 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/reintegration of prisoners.

You may nominate yourself or others for any of these awards; for more information and nomination forms, visit the Arts Access website or contact Pippa Sanderson.

Nominations close at 5pm on Friday 23 March 2012.