Guest judge - Ruth Watson
2020 Appointed Guest Judge for finalist judging.
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.
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 are -
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 based in his indigenous homeland of Mataatua in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. Known for his attention to detail and fine application of tools and technology, his practice draws on metaphors from Maori culture woven into a broader cultural context. His artistic style reflects his desire to use art as a vehicle to influence positive social change. His most recent exhibition is an interactive 3-D Light Installation; 'Whareatua - Field of Dreams', which featured at last years I-Light Festival in Singapore.
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 are advised by the 8th January 2020 if their work is to be called in.
Finalist 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.