Judges, judging process
A guest judge is appointed annually. The criteria for appointment of a judge is; that they be either, a recognised art practioner, academic, curator or writer, well known for their unique contribution to art. Responsible for finalist judging and choosing the winners.
2019 Appointed Guest Judge
Dr Christopher McAuliffe
Dr Chris McAuliffe is Professor of Art (Practice-led research) at the School of Art and Design, Australian National University. From 2000–2013 he was Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne. He taught art history at the University of Melbourne (1988-2000) and was Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at Harvard University (2011–12).
Three pre-selection judges
Three appointed judges will be responsible for the pre-selection process from digital images entered by the artists. All artists names are removed during this process. Artworks identified by an allocated number only.
2019 Pre-selection judges -
Kirstin Carlin has received much recognition for her work, including being the winner of the 2017 Molly Morpeth Canaday Major Award. Carlin’s work is held in major public and private collections including: the James Wallace Arts Trust Collection.
Studied at Elam School of Fine Art, NICAI, Auckland University, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1998. Andrew was the recipient of an Arts Foundation Award for Patronage from Gus & Irene Fisher in 2010.
Ane Tonga is an artist, curator and writer based in Auckland. Ane has undertaken curatorial roles at Dowse Art Museum, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand and was formerly the Lead Curator at Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa.
The process :
Open digital entry All submissions will go through a pre-selection process from the digital image supplied by the artist and will be judged on merit by the three pre-selection judges. Artist names will not be visible to the pre-selection judges
Final stage From the results which are collated on a rigorous points system, the selected works are delivered to the venue for final judging. Artists advised mid January 2019 if their work is to be called in.
Award judging and will be by the sole guest judge.
Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award Exhibition on display at Te kōputu a te whanga a Toi Whakatāne Library and Exhibition Centre for six weeks.
A list of artists and the titles of their selected works will be posted on the site (prior to opening).
The awards will be presented at the opening event.
All winners are encouraged to attend the prize-giving.
The major winner is especially encouraged to be present to receive their award.