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MEDIA RELEASES 5 December 2017

Record number of entries recieved for 2018 Molly Morpeth Canaday Award - 3D

Something magical is happening with the arts in Whakatāne, and the rest of New Zealand has begun to take note. Local organisers of the 2018 Molly Morpeth Canaday Award – 3D are delighted to report a record number of entries. Following the closure of entries last week, 233 works have been submitted and processed for consideration. This is more than double the number of entries for the 2016 3D awards, indicating a growing interest in Whakatāne’s fine-art programming and opportunities. 
It’s encouraging to see that the artists have responding strongly to the new innovation of having the 3D award in February.
Molly Morpeth Canaday Award Coordinator Heather Hourigan says “Entries have come from all over the country, with particularly large numbers coming from Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin. There is an excellent contingency of local artists in the mix” she says “With over 50 Bay of Plenty artists entering for 2018.”
Entries are now being processed by Molly Morpeth Canaday Award organisers, and will soon be passed on to pre-selection judges Deborah Crowe, Scott Eady and Jasmine Te Hira. The sole guest judge, Deborah Crowe will select the final eight award winners in February ahead of the February 17 opening and awards ceremony at Te Kōputu a te whanga a Toi – Whakatāne Library and Exhibition Centre. 
“We are working hard, in partnership with Arts Whakatane, to innovate and grow the program,” said Eric Holowacz, Museum and Arts Director at Whakatane District Council. “From new creative development workshops at the local level, our largest number of applications from around the country, and increased award prizes — the 2018 3D event and exhibition should be the most interesting ever."
The 2018 Molly Morpeth Canady Award – 3D is presented by Arts Whakatāne and Whakatāne Museum and Arts. The program is 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.

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