What are the Heritage Awards?

The Canterbury Heritage Awards recognise excellence in heritage retention and conservation, heritage tourism and heritage education within the public and private sector and promote the values of best practice heritage retention and conservation to the wider community.

The Awards recognise the achievement of heritage conservation. Award categories for 2016 include: Domestic -Saved and Restored, Heritage Tourism, Heritage Champion, Future Heritage, Outstanding Contribution to Heritage, Public Realm – Saved and Restored and Seismic.

The inaugural Christchurch Heritage Awards were held in 2010. In 2012 the Awards represented a very especial event following the devastation of the 2011 earthquakes.

The city’s heritage has suffered a terrible blow with many of the region’s historic buildings severely damaged and in some cases completely destroyed. Whilst ensuring the safety of the people of Christchurch is the first priority it is important that we also focus on the repair and restoration of the city’s heritage buildings.

As we begin the rebuild of Christchurch, the Heritage Awards Charitable Trust is pleased to announce the launch of the 2016 Canterbury Heritage Awards. Be part of this very special event as we continue to promote and celebrate heritage retention, conversation and education by recognising excellence through a quality and innovative awards programme.

The Heritage Awards Trophy

Neil Dawson, prominent New Zealand sculptor, was commissioned in 2012 to design the awardCategory Trophy and Supreme Award Trophy.

Who is Neil Dawson?

Neil Dawson was born in Christchurch in 1948 and attended the Canterbury University School of Art from 1966 to 1969. He graduated with a Diploma in Fine Arts in 1970 and then attended the National Gallery of Victoria Art School. Dawson taught drawing and design at Christchurch Polytechnic from 1975 to 1983, but has worked in more recent years as a full-time sculptor. He has exhibited internationally, completing many large commissions, including ‘Ferns’ in Wellington, ‘Chalice’ in Christchurch, ‘Globe’ for the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and ‘Canopy’ for the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane.