The Whakatāne Summer Arts Festival

From mid-December to Easter, there’s so much going on in this lively town. Head down for the day, and let your body absorb the sunshine, and your mind absorb some beauty.

THE MOLLY MORPETH CANADAY AWARD 3D – THREE DIMENSIONAL ART FORM This is one of the country’s most established art awards, with a prize pool of $20,000, and entries from 300 artists nationwide. This year’s award champions the three dimensional arts of sculpture, installation, and contemporary craft. The exhibition will open at Te Kōputu a te whanga a Toi, Whakatāne Library and Exhibition Centre, on Saturday 17th February 2018, with a public preview from 10 am – 2 pm. The exhibition will run until Sunday 8th April. Three pre-selection judges will choose the works in the exhibition, and guest judge Deborah Crowe will select the winners.

SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL EVENTS

DANCE CARNIVAL

27 Jan, Wharaurangi, The Strand, (beside Presentables)

The official start of the arts festival! A celebration of dance in its many forms. There’ll be lots of cultures and styles, including hip hop, Israeli, belly dancing, Scottish, samba, glee kids and more. Bring your dancing shoes and join in the fun. Don’t forget a chair for a well-earned breather. And you can visit the pop-up gallery, Art On The Strand, while you’re there!

JAZZ IN THE PARK 

10 Feb, Whakatāne Rose Gardens

This brilliant, friendly, relaxed family event is enjoyed annually by all ages. Just BYO picnic, enjoy the music, and dance on the summer-warmed grass. The Jazz In The Park concert kicks o at 5 pm with the band and nishes at 8 pm. Adults: $5; children under 12: free.

SCULPTURE SYMPOSIUM

17 – 24 Feb, Along the river bank

The Sculpture Symposium takes place all week. There’ll be artists working on their sculptures, and workshops and tutors on hand every day, including a youth workshop. Here’s Nicola Wright from 2016, who says, “Teasing out the image within the stone is magic. The process allows contemplation and meditation until the nal form is reached.”

ANDREW MCLEOD EXHIBITION

On now until 11 Feb, Shea Family Gallery, Te Kōputu Whakatāne Exhibition Centre

Whakatāne Museum and Arts presents a collection of artworks from renowned New Zealand artist Andrew McLeod. Featuring grand gurative works and playful miniatures (2000 – 2017).

 

SEE FOR YOURSELF IN 3D

17 Feb – 8 Apr

The Molly Morpeth Canaday Awards are possible thanks to the Molly Morpeth Canaday Fund, a trust set up by Frank Canaday in memory of his wife. The trust has been a major supporter of the arts in Whakatāne for over 25 years. This year’s 3D exhibition is an exciting addition. Pictured is Peter Gibson-Smith’s nalist entry, Terra, from last year’s exhibition.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS

18 Feb and 3 Mar

Judges discuss their responses to works in the Molly Morpeth Canaday Award 3D.
Deborah Crowe: Floor Talk, 18 Feb, 11 am Jasmine Te Hira: Floor Talk, 3 Mar, 11 am

 

KEEP UP TO DATE WITH FESTIVAL EVENTS AT: ARTSWHAKATANE.CO.NZ / WHAKATANEMUSEUM.ORG.NZ / MOLLYMORPETHCANADAY.CO.NZ