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Molly Morpeth Canaday Award 3D 2022

Melissa McMahon with ‘Pink Bats’. Photo credits: Whakatāne Library and Gallery, Artist supplied
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.

The Awards (other than the Peoples Award) have now been decided by esteemed arts educator and practicing artist Bob Jahnke, as follows:

Chosen from 294 entries nationwide and 62 finalists Melissa McMahon is the winner of the Molly Morpeth Canaday Award Three Dimensional Artform 2022, (sponsored by the Molly Morpeth Canaday (Whakatāne) Fund and presented by Arts Whakatāne with exhibition partners Whakatāne District council Museum and Library) for her work ‘Pink Bats’ made from earthenware, terra sigillata, glaze, gold lustre and wool blend fibre.   [Photo credits: Whakatāne Library and Gallery, Artist supplied]

Akel Award runner up ($4,000) joint winners Andrew Rankin (Auckland) for his work Turnaround and Wendy Hannah (Auckland) for her work Maumahara – Memories

Arts Whakatāne Highly Commended ($1,000) Kereama Taepa (Pāpāmoa) for Carved Histories

Robinson Law Highly Commended ($1,000) Donna May Dinsdale (Te Puke) for Girl Power Aotearoa

4Artsake Local Artist Merit ($500) Peter Radley (Ōpõtiki) for Te Arawa

The Incubator Merit ($1,500 exhibition package) Sam Kelly (New Plymouth) for Standing Sculpture #3

CReW Community resources Merit award ($500) Birgit Moffatt (Ōtaki) for Balancing Act

Frames by Daniel Merit ($500 product) Jann Lenihan (Masterton) for Tea Shirt


A final award will be decided by visitors to the exhibition. The People’s Choice ($500) is arguably the most popular Molly Morpeth Canaday Award. Sponsored by The Whakatāne Society of Arts & Crafts, Anne Tolley and Diverse Graphics, this award is decided by popular vote and announced at the end of the exhibition – so make sure you get your votes in for your favourite!


The Molly Morpeth Canaday 3D - 2022 finalist’s exhibition runs until 9 April at the Te Kōputu a te whanga a Toi – Whakatāne Library and Exhibition Centre, 49 Kakahoroa Drive, Whakatāne. All the artworks are for sale giving art lovers and collectors the opportunity to purchase some extraordinary artworks.