The Molly Morpeth Canaday Award 3D nurtures and promotes three-dimensional arts nationally; providing a valuable and professional platform for artists working in the areas of sculpture, installation and contemporary craft.
Presented by Arts Whakatāne and Whakatāne Museum and Arts, this national award aims to support artists by presenting contemporary 3D work across a range of disciplines; and to engage a national discussion about contemporary 3D arts practice and its presentation in New Zealand.
These awards have been made possible through the generous support of the Molly Morpeth Canaday Fund, established by Frank Canaday in memory of his wife, Molly Morpeth Canaday. The trust has been a major supporter of the arts in Whakatāne for over twenty five years.
Criteria and conditions of entry
1.1 Entries must be three-dimensional.
1.2 The overall weight and dimensions must allow for easy transportation, and not exceed the carrying capacity of two persons.
1.3 Entry is open to all who live permanently in New Zealand or have New Zealand citizenship.
1.4 Artists must enter through this official awards website: (Uploaded here on 1st August) A postal version is available for those artists that don’t have access to a computer. (Entries open 1st August 2017 and close on 1st December 2017)
1.5 Please complete a separate form for each entry.
2. Artwork Conditions of Entry
2.1 All works must be original; not infringe upon NZ copyright laws; and is the work of the artist entering.
2.2 All works must have been created after 1st December 2016.
2.3 Works entered must not have been exhibited in another public art award exhibition, or competition, prior to this exhibition.
2.4 All entrants must submit high-resolution images in either JPG or TIFF file format between 1-2 MB. Images must be of high enough quality to be used in a publication and must be a true and accurate representation of the entry. Please include up to a maximum of 3 images per entry to aid in the judging and publication process.
3.1 The artwork must be robust and suitable for display. Please note: Due to the conditions and proximity of the Whakatāne Museum display to the galleries, no materials with a propensity to decay quickly, harbour bugs, or track through to the archival museum display area are allowed as part of the awards unless contained and sealed. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you require further clarification.
Some examples of non-allowable materials - Loose sand, live plants, ‘wet’ organic matter such as grass cuttings, foodstuffs.
3.2 Specific hanging or installation systems must be provided with the artwork.
3.3 The installation of any artwork must meet the health and safety standards and policies of the Whakatāne District Council and Whakatāne Museum and Arts.
3.4 Whakatāne Museum and Arts reserves the right to refuse works that do not comply with the awards criteria.
3.5 Any unduly large work, likely to encroach on the limits of the available gallery space, may be excluded.
3.6 All artworks will be inspected by Whakatāne Museum and Arts prior to installation for damage, flaws and entry criteria.
3.7 All installation, maintenance and operational costs not covered by the normal exhibition services of Whakatāne Museum and Arts, are the responsibility of the artist, eg laptops, flat screens, projectors.
3.8 All works accepted for the final exhibition must stay on display for the entire exhibition period.
4. Entry Information
4.1 Your entry information is final and cannot be changed.
4.2 Artist statement to be limited to 150 words and cannot be altered once submitted. Whakatāne Museum and Arts reserves the right to edit the text for grammatical errors and exhibition standards.
4.3 Identification: A tag must accompany artworks with the following information:
5. Packing and Freight
Entries arriving by courier must be suitably crated or boxed in a rigid reusable package with the return address clearly marked.
Arts Whakatane and Whakatane Museum and Arts cannot take responsibility for any loss, damage or deterioration while works are in transit or on display at Te kōputu a te whanga a Toi – Whakatāne Library and Exhibition Centre. Though all reasonable care will be taken in the handling of art-works, insurance is the sole responsibility of the entrant.
7. Judging process
7.1 Pre-selection judges: Three appointed judges will be responsible for the pre-selection process from digital
images entered by the artists. These judges will be;
Deborah Crowe (Guest Judge), Jasmine Te Hira and Scott Eady.
7.2 Open digital entry: All submissions will go through a pre-selection process. Entries will be judged on the merits of each artwork, based on the digital images provided.
7.3 All artists, including finalists, will be informed by email on or before Friday, 19 January 2018 of the selection.
Finalists will receive a ‘finalist info pack’ via email.
7.4 All finalist works must arrive at Te kōputu a te whanga a Toi by 2.00 pm Sunday 11 February, for final judging.
8. Final judging:
The Guest Judge, will select the Molly Morpeth Canaday Award 3D 2018 award winners at Te kōputu a te whanga a Toi.
Selected finalist works:
The final selection of artworks and artists for exhibition will be listed on www.mollymorpethcanaday.co.nz from Wednesday, 14th February 2018.
Prize-winners will be notified by telephone on the evening of Wednesday, 14th February. All winners are encouraged to attend the prize giving.
The major winner is encouraged to be present to receive their award.
Winners, determined by the Guest Judge, will be presented with their award at the opening at 6.30 pm on Saturday 17th February 2018. (Preview from 5.30pm.)
The exhibition will be on display at the Te kōputu a te whanga a Toi Whakatane Library and Exhibition Centre from Saturday 10.00 am 17th February, until 2.00 pm Sunday, 8th April 2018.
Sale of works:
Works selected for the Awards must be for sale and a commission of 35% will be retained by Arts Whakatāne should a work be sold during the awards exhibition. (Arts Whakatāne is not registered for Goods and Services Tax). All sold works will stay on display at Te kōputu a te whanga a Toi Whakatāne Library and Exhibition Centre for entirety of the exhibition.
If not sold prior, exhibitors have the option to ‘tender’ their artwork in the last week of the exhibition. Interested buyers are invited to submit an ‘Envelope Tender’. Any tenders will be notified to the artist within three days of the close of the exhibition. The artist will reserve the right to accept or decline any offer.
Artists will have the option to tick ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to being part of this additional sales opportunity.
Sales will commence at the official opening from 5.30pm. If an artwork sells, the artist will be notified by the Molly Morpeth Canaday Award Coordinator. Payment to the artist will be the sale price, less 35% commission. The artist will be paid via internet banking by Arts Whakatāne at the end of the exhibition period.
Exhibition open for viewing
Saturday, 17th February 2018–Sunday 8th April 2018
Weekdays: 9:00am–5:00pm Weekends: 10.00am–2.00pm
Official Opening Saturday 17th February–5:30pm. Presentation of Awards 6:30pm
Entry form >>>>Entry form
Frequently asked questions
When and where can I obtain an entry form to the Molly Morpeth Canaday Award 3D?
Entries close on 1st December 2017. Enter here online, or;
You can or provide your address in an email to us for a hard copy entry form.
What are the maximum dimensions of a 3D work to qualify for entry?
This is not specified. However, the overall weight and dimensions must allow for easy transportation, and not exceed the carrying capacity of two persons. Any unduly large work, likely to encroach on the limits of the available gallery space, may be excluded for curatorial reasons. Please email email@example.com for information if you are intending to submit a large work.
Can works hang on the wall or do they need to be freestanding in the gallery space?
Yes the artworks can hang on the wall or be freestanding in the gallery space. As long as the hanging systems are robust and comply with Health and Safety standards.
Can I submit more than one entry?
Yes you can submit up to three entries. You will be required to complete a separate entry for each entry.
Can I submit more than one piece to make the same entry?
Yes more than one work can be submitted as one entry if it is part of a series or sequence that make up one work.
Can I enter a work that has specific technical requirements?
There are opportunities to display finalists works that have specific requirements such as power. Please contact Museum and Arts Exhibition co-ordinator Victoria.Sinclair@whakatane.govt.nz prior to submitting your entry.
What is an Artist Statement?
The artist's statement is a short paragraph detailing some information about the submitted work such as background to the work and what the work represents. This is optional for artists to submit with the work.
Does any shortlisting of entries occur before the judges are involved?
No, the judges conduct the entire pre-selection process and final judging. This means that every single entry submitted will be viewed by the judges.
If my work is called in for the final, does that mean it may not be installed?
Almost all of the works in the preliminary final will be installed with the exception of works that do not comply with the award criteria or health and safety standards.
Whakatane Museum and Arts
Major Award Sponsor
Molly Morpeth Canaday Trust