An "immersive" and "sensory" art installation has shot MTG Hawke's Bay in to the final for one of two national awards.

A combined entry for two exhibitions, Indra's Bow and A Glimpse of India, was named as a finalist in the sub-category of Best Installation or Temporary Structure in the Spatial Design category of the 2017 Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Design Awards yesterday.

MTG exhibitions and facilities co-ordinator James Price said staff worked in collaboration with artists Tiffany Singh and Jo Blogg to create an immersive and sensory art installation.

"Indra's Bow, along with the adjoining collection-based exhibition A Glimpse of India, evoke a sense of India through architectural detailing and bold use of colour."

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"They are both excellent examples of how design can completely transform a space."

MTG was also a finalist in the installation category of the national Resene Total Colour Awards for the exhibition Tuturu, being the only museum among the other 23 finalists."

Being selected as a finalist meant MTG would win either a Resene Ton-e (winner of category) or a Resene Colour Maestro award (runner-up).

Mr Price said the exhibition had been developed by MTG and Iwi Toi Kahungunu, led by Sandy Adsett.

Tuturu showcases the talent of both senior and emerging artists with connections to Ngati Kahungunu.

"The result is a contemporary exhibition underpinned by traditional Māori concepts, achieved through colour."

Mr Price said many of the finalists were high profile architectural companies so it was great that they had been recognised in this way.

The awards are highly regarded in the design industry and are competitive throughout the country.

Winners of the 2017 Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Design Awards will be announced at a function in Auckland on October 6. Winners of the Resene Total Colour Awards will be announced at an awards function in Auckland at the end of the month on August 30.

People are encouraged to head along to MTG before Tuturu closes on Sunday, August 20 and Indra's Bow and A Glimpse of India on Sunday, August 27.