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National Tactile Art Competition Information: How to enter your work


Once you have determined the overall winning piece of art from your competition, we will discuss with you how to enter it into the Love Your Eyes National Tactile Art Competition to be held in Wellington from October 10th to 14th at the Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay.

The winners of the Love Your Eyes National Tactile Art Competition will be announced in Wellington 12th October 2022. We will supply more details about this closer to the date.

If you are running a community competition with more than one age category, then you will need to also choose an overall winner.  This winner will be the artwork you enter into the Love Your Eyes National Art Competition in Wellington.


Competition Guidelines


Following the Community Tactile Art Competition artwork can be big or small but if it is standing on the floor, like a sculpture or hanging on the wall it can’t be bigger than  1m x 1m.

This means we can fit all the artwork into the venue which is the Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay.

It is important the artwork is strong enough to be transported to Wellington.The maximum weight is 20kgs. (If you want to make something bigger, please contact us to discuss it).

Please write a short description of the artwork that is to be displayed beside the art.

There are three judges who will be helping with this competition.

Find out more and register at the Eye Health Aotearoa website


Group Categories


For the National Tactile Art Competition there are two judging categories which all the art will be entered in.

People’s Choice

Judges’ Choice

Each category will have cash prizes:  1st $500, 2nd $300, and 3rd $150

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Our Judges for the National Competition


All information on the Eye Health Aotearoa website.

Julie Woods


When Julie Woods went blind 25 years ago, she never imagined she would go on to marry an artist and visit the great art galleries of the world.  Relishing the opportunity of being an art judge again, Julie Woods is used to seeing the world through her four remaining senses and intends to smell, hear, taste and touch her way through the different entries in this competition.

Ari Kerrsens


Ari Kerrsens  perceived the loss of his sight as a 19 year old makeup artist as an end to his career as a creative. Thankfully, after several years, he realised he was quite incorrect; and is now a passionate advocate for disability within and beyond the arts. He loves empowering creatives to explore their practice beyond the constraints of vision, and doing so himself; being currently on a journey of learning accessible music production after two years in his band.

Nick Lion


Nick is the General Manager at Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay. Born in Auckland in 1984, after finishing high school, he moved to Queenstown to follow his passion working in the hospitality industry. Commencing as a Porter for the Millennium Hotel group. During his time in Te Anau in 2015, Nick completed his degree in Applied Management while also being the Hotel Manager of the Kingsgate Hotel. He is a father to two beautiful girls Mia (9) and Mae (6).


Join our National Tactile Art Competition


Help your school, club, community group or marae enter the Love Your Eyes National Tactile Art Competition.

Winners will be announced Wellington 12th October 2022on the evening before World Sight Day, Thursday 13 October.

Find out more and register on the Eye Health Aotearoa website.


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