Judges for Molly Morpeth Canaday Award 3D - 2022
GUEST JUDGE 3D - 2022
Robert Jahnke ONZM FRSNZ, MFA (Hons) Auck., MFA Calif., DipTchg, PhD
Ngāi Taharora, Te Whānau a Iritekura, Te Whānau a Rakiroa o Ngāti Porou
Robert Jahnke is the former Head of the School of Māori Studies at Massey University in Palmerston North. He is currently the Professor of Māori Visual Arts at Massey University’s Whiti o Rehua School of Art. He was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori art and education in the 2016 Honours list. In 2020 he received the Te Papa Rongomaraeroa Award for his contribution to Te Ao Māori. In 2021 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand for contributions to research and was awarded an ANZAAE Premier Award for ‘Sustained leadership, outstanding service, and contributions to research in art education.
He is responsible for setting up the first Māori Visual Arts degree in a university: a Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts in 1995 which was subsequently followed by a Postgraduate Diploma of Māori Visual Arts and a Master of Māori Visual Arts in 1999.
Considered one of New Zealand’s leading contemporary Māori artists, Jahnke is a highly respected educator who works as an historian, teacher, researcher, writer and advocate for Māori and indigenous arts nationally and internationally.
He contributes to Māori Development through his teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level, his research into traditional Māori carving and his academic writing straddling art education, contemporary and traditional Māori art, and identity politics.
Jahnke is also an artist whose practice over the years has straddled design, illustration, animation and sculpture. His work is typically based on political issues that face Māori people, the relationship between Māori and European colonisers and the impact of Christianity on Maori culture. Since his solo exhibition in 1990, Jahnke has maintained his practice as a sculptor with a number of commissions and exhibitions. Recently his practice has included painting and neon installation. He is represented in a number of major national and private collections in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Photo credit: Norm Heke.
PRE-SELECTION JUDGES 3D - 2022
Director, Ashburton Art Gallery
Living in the heart of Te Waipounamu, Shirin Khosraviani is the current Manager/Curator of the Ashburton Art Gallery, a position she has held since 2011.
With a background in Fine Arts and Art History, she is a passionate advocate for arts practitioners in Aotearoa New Zealand and has a particular interest in promoting the work of emerging and mid-career female artists.
With over thirteen years of experience in the private and public art sector, Shirin has been involved with numerous art awards regionally and established the annual Zonta Ashburton Female Art Award (ZAFAA) in partnership with Zonta Club of Ashburton in 2017 – now in its fifth year running. Recent curatorial projects include The Water Project – a touring exhibition with thirteen NZ artists responding to the urgent challenges facing Canterbury rivers and lakes, and In Splendour Moot – Contemporary Jewellery by Elfi Spiewack.
2020 major award winner - MMCA 2020 3D
Sorawit is an artist currently based in Te-Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington. Their interdisciplinary practice often comprises sculpture, ceramics, textiles, and digital animations. Through their installations, they reinterpret connections and the dynamic relationships we have with the natural world.
Recent exhibitions include Heavy trees, arms and legs, The Suter Art Gallery (2021); Come up for air, The Lightship (2020); Rumours (mermaid), Govett Brewster Art Gallery (2020); The Interior, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki (2019).
Vanessa Mei Crofskey
Director of Enjoy Contemporary Art Space, Wellington
Vanessa Mei Crofskey is an artist, writer, and the current Director at Enjoy Contemporary Art Space.
Since graduating from AUT with a Bachelor's Degree in Visual Arts in 2017, Crofskey has worked across multiple arts disciplines including as a Producer in Residence at Basement Theatre, a staff writer at The Pantograph Punch and as a facilitator at Window Gallery - The University of Auckland, alongside freelance public programming for galleries and festivals.
Recent exhibitions include as part of Gus Fisher Gallery's Booth series for Happiness is only real when shared, Artspace Aotearoa's New Artist Show (2020) and Smoke Signals (2019), Te Tuhi Billboard Series. Her most recent collection of writing is printed in AUP New Poets 6, by Auckland University Press (2020).
Photo credit: Julie Zhu
The process :
Open digital entry All submissions will go through a pre-selection process from the digital images 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
Next stage From the results which are collated by a rigorous points system, the selected works are delivered to the venue for final judging. Artists are advised by the 23rd December 2021 via the website and will be sent information as to when their work will be called in.
Finalist award judging will be by the sole guest judge.
Selected works A list of artists and the titles of their selected works will be posted on this website (prior to opening). HERE
Exhibition The Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award Exhibition will be on display at Te kōputu a te whanga a Toi Whakatāne Library and Exhibition Centre for six weeks.
The awards will be presented at the opening event.
All finalists and winners are encouraged to attend the prize-giving.
The major winner is especially encouraged to be present to receive their award.