Judges for Molly Morpeth Canaday Award - Painting and Drawing 2021
Guest Judge - Karl Chitham
Karl Chitham (Ngā Puhi, Te Uriroroi) is the Director of The Dowse Art Museum and was previously Director and Curator of Tauranga Art Gallery - Toi Tauranga. He has also held curatorial roles at Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa, University of Waikato, Whakatāne Library and Exhibitions Centre - Te Kōputu a te whanga a Toi and Objectspace.
He has a Master’s Degree in Sculpture from Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University and has been involved in the arts in New Zealand in a variety of roles for over 15 years. Chitham has been involved in a number of awards most recently as a judge of the Wairarapa Art review and the 2019 Occam New Zealand Book Awards. He was also judged the Taranaki National Arts Awards, the Wanganui Review and the National Youth Art Awards. He has been a selector of the Headlands Sculpture on the Gulf, Waiheke and was on the selection panel for the New Zealand Pavilion at the Venice Biennale for 2021.
He was co-author of the recently published book Crafting Aotearoa: A Cultural History of Making in New Zealand and Wider Moana Oceania. Other recent writing projects include Lost in Translation: Traditionally Inspired Indigenous Practice and the Contemporary Art World for the international publication Becoming Our Future: Global Indigenous Curatorial Practice and catalogue essays Tears of Tawhirimatea for Toi Mauri: Contemporary Carving by Todd Couper and Making a Stand for a (very) brief history of Aotearoa.
Recent curatorial projects have included Ā Mua: New Lineages of Making co-curated with Kolokesa U Māhina-Tuai, Traverse: Mark Igloliorte co-curated with Wendy Richdale, Whatu Manawa: Celebrating the Weaving of Matakino Lawless, White Rainbow including work by Richard Maloy, Judy Darragh, Saskia Leek and Cat Fooks, #SPACE+TIME: Through the Art of Askew One, Stories of Rust featuring work by Glen Hayward, Brit Bunkley, Ben Pearce and Stephen Ellis and Children of Mallarme: Fashion, Art & Collaboration co-curated with Dr Peter Shand and featuring artwork and fashion from New Zealand and Australia.
Pre-selection judges 2021
Francis McWhannell is a writer and exhibition-maker from Aotearoa New Zealand, currently based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Museums and Cultural Heritage from the University of Auckland Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau, where he recently completed his Master of Arts in Art History. In October 2019, he was appointed curator of the Fletcher Trust Collection, a major private collection of Aotearoa art founded in 1962. He is a passionate advocate for the arts in general and for early-career artists from Aotearoa in particular. He was a judge of the Aspiring Art Prize in 2019 and the Eden Arts Art Schools Award in 2019 and 2020.
Francis has written for various arts and culture magazines and websites, including Art Collector (Australia), Art New Zealand, Art News New Zealand, Index, and The Spinoff. He contributes regularly to The Pantograph Punch, where he was Visual Arts Editor from 2016 to 2017. He has written essays for exhibitions at public and commercial galleries, including Painting: a transitive space (ST PAUL St Gallery Three, 2016) and Denys Watkins: Dynamo Hum (Gus Fisher Gallery, 2017). He is co-author of two books on historical photography, Bitter fruit: Australian photographs to 1963 (Michael Graham-Stewart, 2017) and Broad sunlight: Early West African photography (2020).
His exhibitions include Postcards from Papatoetoe (Old Papatoetoe mall, 2016), Fluid structures: Watercolour group show (Parlour Projects, 2017), and Projects 2019: Whanaungatanga (Auckland Art Fair, 2019). He is presently working on a group show of photographs with Chris Corson-Scott, Undercurrents: reimagining New Zealand, to be followed by a substantial publication.
Hanahiva Rose (Te Ātiawa, Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ra’iātea, Huahine) is the assistant curator of contemporary art and collections at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in Ngāmotu New Plymouth.
Hanahiva is regularly published for her research into modern and contemporary art practices in Aotearoa. She has written exhibition texts for a range of institutions, including the Dowse Art Museum, Adam Art Gallery and Enjoy Public Art Gallery, and articles for Art New Zealand, Art News, Artzone, Capital Magazine, The Spinoff, The Pantograph Punch, among others.
Hanahiva is a current participant in the HANDSHAKE Craft Writers' Programme and has previously participated in curatorial and writing programmes run by Creative New Zealand, Adam Art Gallery, Enjoy Public Art Gallery and Blue Oyster Art Project Space. She has a BA(Hons) in Art History and Pacific Studies from Victoria University Wellington.
Natasha Matila-Smith (b1984) is an arts practitioner who lives and works in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa New Zealand. She graduated in 2014 with a Master of Fine Arts degree from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. Her curatorial and writing practice broadly explores ideas around Indigenous identities, with the aim of increasing a truer sense of agency for marginalised voices. As an artist, she looks at the language of social interactions and the systems and complexities of intimacy, extending these concerns by considering our metaphysical relationship with space.
In early 2020, she was announced as the inaugural Pacific Curator-in-Residence for the Asia-Pacific Triennial 10 at QAGOMA in Brisbane. Natasha is also a writer who has contributed to publications such as Runway Australian Experimental Art , Un Projects (Australia), Art New Zealand and Matters Aotearoa. She also guest-edited Runway's Issue #38 on Spectacle. In 2018-2019, she was one of 16 applicants from Aotearoa, Australia and South East Asia, selected for the Feminism and Pop Culture Networking Tour to Berlin and Indonesia with Goethe-Institut.
Natasha has exhibited both locally and internationally in places such as the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Rotterdam; Te Uru, Auckland; Bus Projects, Melbourne; The Dowse Museum, Wellington; FirstDraft Gallery, Sydney; Waikato Museum, Hamilton; and Verge Gallery, Sydney. She has upcoming projects at SCAPE Public Art in Dunedin, the National Gallery of Victoria and Artspace Aotearoa.
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.