The Molly Morpeth Canaday Award 3D nurtures and promotes three-dimensional arts nationally by providing a professional platform for artists working in the areas of sculpture, installation and contemporary craft.
Presented by Arts Whakatāne and Whakatāne District Council, this national award aims to support artists by presenting 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.
Exhibition dates: Sunday 16 February – Sunday 12 April 2020
Location: Te Kōputu a te whanga a Toi - Whakatāne Library and Exhibition Centre
Guest judge - Ruth Watson
Ruth Watson is a multi-disciplinary artist who has worked in sculpture, video installation, photography and painting for several decades, in New Zealand and abroad. Her outdoor sculpture of four globes, titled Other Worlds, has been on display outside Te Papa for the Wellington Sculpture Trust 4 Plinths project and was the 2015 Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award recipient. She is a Senior Lecturer at the Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland.
In 2018 Deborah was the inaugural holder of the British School at Rome / Wallace Arts Trust Residency. Also in 2018, she won the Molly Morpeth Canaday 3D award with Employee of the Month. Deborah is based in Tāmaki Makaurau. Principally utilising text, she investigates the ways in which power plays out in the social and political domain in order to muse on possibilities for change.
Virginia Leonard’s work has been exhibited extensively. In 2017 she was the recipient of an international ceramic residency at Guldagergaard, Denmark. Featured in 100 Sculptures of Tomorrow published by Thames and Hudson, London and is represented in NZ, Sydney, Miami and Geneva.
Jamie is a Contemporary Maori Artist known for his attention to detail and fine application of tools and technology. Jamie actively engages in sustainable practices such as carbon offsetting (tree planting), and recycling. His artistic style reflects his desire to use art as a vehicle to influence positive social change. Jamie has received many awards for his work from an art and design career that spans over twenty years.
Major Award $10,000
Molly Morpeth Canaday Trust
Runner up Award $4000
Akel Family Award
Craigs Investment Partners Youth 3D Award $2,500
Craigs Investment Partners
Arts Whakatāne Award $1,000
Robinson Law Award $1,000
Plus 5 Merit Awards
Whakatāne District Council
Molly Morpeth Canaday Trust