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Call for Entries - 2021 Molly Morpeth Canaday Award - Painting and Drawing

Job details

Molly Morpeth Canaday Award
6 Dec 2020
Work type
Awards, grants & residencies, Call for entries
Work classification
Visual Arts



Submissions deadline extended - Sunday 6th December 2020, 5pm

The 2021 Molly Morpeth Canaday Award - Painting and Drawing has more than $20,000 in prize money for emerging and established New Zealand artists. The Major Award winner will take away $10,000, while the Runner Up - Akel Award will receive $4,000. As well as a third prize of $3,000 presented by Arts Whakatāne and Jacqui Hughes.  A Youth Award of $2,500 from Craig’s Investment Partners. Highly Commended $1,000 presented by Robinson Law, along with five $500 merit awards.

Entries for 2021 Molly Morpeth Canaday Award - Painting and Drawing officially opens on 21 August 2020 and will close on 22 November  2020.

Our Final award selections will be made by Guest Judge Karl Chitham. Pre-selections will be made by Judges Hanahiva Rose, Francis McWhannell and Natasha Matila-Smith.

The exhibition of finalist works and award winners wil run from Sunday 14 February to Sunday 4 April 2020 at Te Kōputu a te Whanga a Toi – Whakatāne Exhibition Centre.

This award is orgainsed by Arts Whakatāne and exhibition partnership Te Kōputu a te Whanga a Toi – Whakatāne Exhibition Centre. Major Award Sponsor is Molly Morpeth Canaday Trust.

How to apply

Further details, and the online application form can be found at


Artists may submit up to two works each. The entry fee is $40 per entry. Citizens and permanent residents of New Zealand are eligible to enter. 

Artists will be asked to provide standard artist and artwork details (including artwork title, medium, dimensions, and sale price). One to two digitals images of each work must be uploaded. 

Optional: All artists have the opportunity to provide an artist statement (100 words maximum).
Any Enquires please contact Nichola Waugh, coordinator at

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Molly Morpeth Canaday Award

9 Nov 2020

The Molly Morpeth Canaday Award is one of New Zealand's longest running and most vibrant national contemporary art awards.