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The Dowse >> What's On : April 2005

The Dowse >> What's On : April 2005
APRIL 2005



Afro Vince, Cocoon Baby and Diana’s Diamonds! The Dowse is proud to host the 2005 IHC Telecom Art awards, celebrating the extraordinary creative talents of New Zealanders with an intellectual disability. The works of 30 finalists have been selected from over 400 entries nationally for the exhibition, and will be auctioned on May 11. This impressive collection of works includes art, craft and design and is representative of the enormous amount of work being produced by people with an intellectual disability around the country, as a vital form of communication and expression. more live online auction:


Check out these decks! NZ's coolest established and student artists get streetwise for the national Board Art competition - painting, designing and re-creating skateboards like never B4. Student work alongside well-known artists Michael Tuffery, Mark Braunias, Tony De Lautour, 4 artists from the Disruptiv collective, Dylan Horrocks, Nathan Pohio, Hannah and Aaron Beehre, Jane Dodd and Michael Reed. more


[NEW ACQUISITION on show in THE HOUSE OF DOWSE] This cheeky work by local artists Gabby O'Connor and Genevieve Packer was inspired by Gabby's recent attempts to take craft implements, such as knitting needles, onto airplanes.

Since 9/11 these items have come to be viewed as possible weapons and routinely confiscated...but she found if she wore her tools on her body - a knitting needle bent into a bracelet for instance - security wouldn't bat any eye! And so routinely throughout Europe she committed such small acts of craft terrorism. more


From space-invaders to paddling pools, Tip-top icecream, BMX bikes and the local dairy, this series of large-scale graphic paintings explores issues surrounding identity - about growing up Mâori in an urban environment. This hugely popular exhibition is of final year work by emerging artist Kelcy Taratoa who will graduate from Te Putahi-A-Toi, Massey University, Palmerston North, with a Masters of Fine Arts in early 2005.


The Family is much-loved and holds a very special place in The Dowse's permanent collection. This artwork is comprised of 35 dolls by artist Malcolm Harrison and has, like any family grown in a random and somewhat unplanned way - and they make a very eclectic bunch..! The first family member, Jerry, was born in 1983 and was joined by 33 more over the next four years. Other family members include a circus busker, a used carriage salesman, an explorer, a showgirl, as well as babies and children. Each doll was created from Harrison's vast collection of fabrics, buttons, old jewellery, snippets of lace, pieces of embroidery and hat trimmings.

REREHIKO : The wharenui of cyberspace... [ON NOW >> 8 May]

Stunning multi-media projections by young Maori artist Rachael Rakena, incorporating images of water, submerged kapahaka performance and floating fragments of email text... The title Rerehiko plays upon the Maori word for computer 'rorohiko' or 'electric brain', and the substitution of the word 'rere'-meaning to flow or fly, emphasises the free fragmentary nature of email... more

The 'new' Dowse building redevelopment

The Cafe The Dowse has a reputation not only as a leading creative space but as a great spot for serious coffee and very yummy cafe food. The 'new' Dowse building redevelopment, designed by Athfield Architects, is scheduled to commence later this year, and will incorporate cafe seating for 100 people (the current space only accommodates 40 hungry visitors.) The sophisticated and spacious design features indoor and outdoor courtyard seating, high celings and lots of natural light - and will be the ideal spot to meet friends and take time out to reflect on your extraordinary Dowse experience!
The Dowse
Laings Road
PO Box 30 396
Lower Hutt

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