(The article originally ran on Sun Live)
Dunedin-based artist Scott Eady and 2016 Molly Morpeth Canaday Award 3D winner Jasmine Te Hira will the judge the pre-selection panel and arts professional Deborah Crowe will be the overall judge.
Deborah will be the sole guest judge in the final stage of judging and will select the $10,000 Major Award, sponsored by the Molly Morpeth Canaday Trust.
â€œThis is a valuable and significant national award with a focus on nurturing and promoting three dimensional work across a range of practices. It is a pleasure and an honour to be invited to contribute to the selection and judging process.â€ she says.
Deborah, who originally trained at Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, has contributed to the fields of art, craft and design in New Zealand and to international conferences and exhibitions for over 25 years.
Her work includes objects, installations and complex imagery, which challenges her audience to keep pace.
Some of her collections are held at the Te Papa Tongarewa, Glasgow School of Art and the Dowse Art Museum.
Pre-selection judge Scott Eady is a senior lecturer of sculpture at the Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic.
His work is represented in public and private collections throughout New Zealand, Australia and Russia.
Jasmine Te Hira’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, with her collection The Beauty of Invisible Grief being the joint major winner of the 2016 Molly Morpeth Canaday Award 3D.
Jasmine currently works in the museum and gallery sector at Tamaki Makaurau and is also working on establishing a community research archive at Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust.
These awards have been made possible through the generous support of the Molly Morpeth Canaday Trust, established by Frank Canaday in memory of his wife, Molly Morpeth Canaday.
The trust has been a major supporter of the arts in Whakatane for over 25 years.