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Molly Morpeth Canaday Award 3D 2022

13 Feb 2022 to 4 Apr 2022
Sunday 13th February – 4th April 2022
An exhibition dedicated to excellence across contemporary and traditional painting and drawing and 3D genres
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Whakatāne Library and Exhibition Centre
49 Kakahoroa Drive Whakatane
Bay of Plenty


With nearly 300 three-dimensional artworks of all kinds, the level of entries for the Molly Morpeth Canaday Award - 3D has exceeded all expectations for the organisers this year. Following the closure of entries, 294 works have been submitted and processed for consideration, indicating a growing interest in three dimensional artform practice.

Founded by the Whakatāne District Community Arts Council (Arts Whakatāne), the MMCA is one of New Zealand's longest running and most vibrant national contemporary art awards. A last-minute flood of entries right on deadline has made 2022 one of the most exciting yet.

Entries have now been passed on to pre-selection judges Vanessa Mei Crofskey, Sorawit Songsataya and Shirin Khosraviani. Then, after the exhibition of finalist’s work is curated and installed by the Whakatāne Te Kōputu a te whanga a Toi Gallery Team, the sole guest judge, esteemed arts educator and practicing artist Bob Jahnke, will select the final award winners.

The Molly Morpeth Canaday Award – 3D 2022 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, along with other major sponsorship. It is undoubtedly one of the most popular and well-attended exhibitions on the national arts calendar, with many visitors expected from throughout Aotearoa.


The Opening night and award ceremony is on Saturday February 12th, 2022 with the finalist’s exhibition continuing from Sunday 13th February – 4th April 2022.

Whakatāne Library and Exhibition Centre - Te Kōputu a te whanga a Toi, 49 Kakahoroa Drive, Whakatane 3120

Written by

Joy - Operations, The Big Idea

14 Dec 2021