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Artist call out! Molly Morpeth Canaday Award - Painting & Drawing 2023

19 Oct – 6 Nov, 2022

Entries open for the MMCA - Painting & Drawing 2023 One of Aotearoa's longest running art awards

Presented by Arts Whakatāne and exhibition partner Te Kōputu a te whanga a Toi – Whakatāne Library and Exhibition Centre, this annual non-acquisitive award is dedicated to excellence across contemporary and traditional painting and drawing and 3D genres in alternate years. The award has developed over 30 years and sits credibly within the New Zealand arts community.

A high standard of work is selected to form the exhibition from nationwide entries by three independent pre-selection judges.
For participants, the MMCA offers professional development opportunities to artists by showcasing their practice to peers, collectors, critics, museum curators, the media and the community at large.

Guest Judge – Kelcy Taratoa

Pre-selection judges

Leafā Wilson

Hannah Ireland

Susanna Shadbolt


  • Molly Morpeth Canaday (Whakatāne) Fund Major Award $10,000
  • The Akel Award Runner Up $4,000
  • Craigs Investment Partners Youth Art Award $2,500
  • Highly Commended Award sponsored by Robinson Law $1,500
  • Highly Commended Award sponsored by Arts Whakatāne $1,000
  • Merit Award sponsored by Gordon Harris $500
  • Merit Award sponsored by Browne School of Art $500
  • Local Merit Award sponsored by 4ArtSake $500
  • Merit Award sponsored by Frames by Daniel $500 (product)
  • People’s Choice Award sponsored by Whakatāne Society of Arts & Crafts Inc. & Anne Tolley  $500


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19 Oct – 6 Nov, 2022


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

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Molly Morpeth Canaday Award