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2019 Molly Morpeth Canaday Award - Painting & Drawing

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Arts Whakatāne and Whakatāne Museum and Arts have announced the winners of the 2018 Molly Morpeth Canaday Awards for three-dimensional art. Auckland-based Deborah Rundle has won the Major Award, which includes a $10,000 prize. Six other cash awards celebrating the contemporary art of New Zealand were announced at at the exhibition opening and ceremony at Whakatāne Museum and Galleries on Saturday evening.

"I am so thrilled, surprised and grateful that my work,
 Employee of the Month, has been chosen for the Major Award,” said winner Deborah Rundle, from her  studio at The British School at Rome, where she is the current Wallace New Zealand Artist in Residence. “ It is really affirming that the interests that motivated me to make the work have found such a receptive audience.”

The 2018 exhibition features nearly 60 works of sculpture, craft, applied arts, mixed-media, and installations, and is on view at Te Kōputu a te whanga a Toi – the Whakatāne Library and Exhibition Centre through 8 April. Awards were judged by Auckland-based artist, academic and art professional Deborah Crowe. 

"Employee of the Month can be seen as a clever commentary on power structures, dry tongue-in-cheek observations of everyday vying for position, or as a poignant reference to Aotearoa New Zealand’s labour relations history," said Crowe. "Initially its irony made me laugh. Then its deeper concerns haunted me a little, recalling personal experiences from the 1970’s. The relatively simple installation, made up of only 3 components, speaks volumes about our attitudes towards employment, social structure, and beyond."

Fran Allison's Your Basic Tee received the Runner Up Award, Josephine Cachemaille took the Highly Commended Award, Whakatane artist Sarah Hudson won the Local Award for her Ngarara / Bacteria / Monster, and Uma Tuffnellwon the Youth Award for A Good Duck. Merit Awards were given to Watene Akuhata for Painted Sticks and Rowan Panther for Lei # 2.  

The Molly Morpeth Canaday Award programme is a partnership between Arts Whakatāne and Whakatāne Museum, alternating each year between painting/drawing and three-dimensional art. This year's programme received over 230 submissions from across New Zealand, representing creative people and ideas from Invercargill to Kaitaia.  

“With our partners, Arts Whakatāne, we intend to keep building a powerhouse annual awards and exhibition programme that provokes dialogue around contemporary art, but also recognises the most interesting things being done in Aotearoa," said Whakatāne Museum Director Eric Holowacz. “Some of the objects now featured in our galleries are subtle and quiet, while other works are bold. political, funny, and even haunting. Taken in its entirety, the 2018 Molly Morpeth Canaday exhibition has something to say about creativity and the modern-day world we inhabit. We invite you to stop and listen."

The programme is made possible by the generous support of the Molly Morpeth Canaday Fund, established by Frank Canaday in memory of his wife, the New Zealand artist 
Molly Morpeth Canaday. The trust has been a major supporter of the arts in Whakatāne for over 25 years. For more information about the awards or 2018 winners, visit the programme website.

Library and Exhibition Centre Open Hours :
Weekdays :   9.00 am - 5.00 pm
Weekends, Sat and Sun: 10.00 am - 2.00 pm
Where: Te kōputu a te whanga a Toi - Whakatāne Library and Exhibition Centre
Entry fee : Donation
The Exhibition Centre is situated between New World supermarket and The Warehouse on Kakahoroa Drive.


Molly Morpeth Canaday Award - Painting and Drawing
Entries open August  2018
Entries close December  2018
Exhibition February 2019

Te Kōputu a te Whanga a Toi Whakatāne Library and Exhibition Centre

Whakatāne Society of Arts and Craft Inc.

We  have a number of art groups operating, most are open to new members. The Art Society offers great introduction to a variety of arts and crafts, and the more experienced members are always willing to help.  The Arts House is opposite the Memorial Centre on the corner of McAlister and Short Sts.

See website for a full list of art and craft groups.

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ARTHOUSE near the memorial complex.

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