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The Dowse: What's On : May 2005

The Dowse >> What's On : May 2005

>> M AY 2 005

>> exhibitions

This exhibition celebrates the extraordinary creative talents of New Zealanders with an intellectual disability. The works of 30 finalists have been selected from over 400 entries nationally and will be auctioned on May 11. live online auction: more

>> ARTIST PROFILE Amy Szostak is in her own words a very 'special star' who dreams of being famous - and she's well on her way! Her work (pictured left) is a finalist in the IHC Art Awards and was inspired by her experience auditioning for the NZ Idol competition last year. Whilst she wasn't selected for the competition, she loved meeting all the other Idol hopefuls and host of the show Dominic Bowden made quite an impression. Amy's work serves as a tool for (self-) advocacy and has an irresistible energy and humour - like the artist herself.
image : Amy Szostak, Untitled, 2005 *ARTWORKS FOR SALE

This extraordinary collection of work by Wellington photographer John Savage is a celebration of devotion to the hip-swivelling, toe-tapping, smokey-eyed memory of Elvis Presley. This exhibition draws on material shot in Memphis during “Elvis Week”, an annual celebration of Presley’s life and music. For the many thousands of fans world-wide, it has become an important pilgrimage to Graceland and bears testimony to the fact that the King lives on… in an astonishing variety of shapes, sizes, ethnic backgrounds and kitsch accessories! more
image : John Savage, Bombay Elvis and Carl, 2003 *ARTWORKS FOR SALE

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.

>> coming soon


RESPECT_AMBITION_SUCCESS Aotearoa's new generation of street-smart and savvy entrepreneurs are the undisputed New Cool of business. They're young, hip, innovative and ambitious and have leapt into the business world from our ski fields, skate parks, clubs, spacie parlours, art schools and back streets... The New Cool are transforming their creative passions into business dollars (and having a damn good time!) This highly interactive multimedia exhibition showcases some of NZ's favourite young companies including: Dawn Raid, Disruptiv, Firstfloor Publishing, Huffer Clothing Research & Development, Illicit Streetwear, Inject Design, Insidious Fix, Loop Aot(ear)oa Recordings, Metia Interactive, Misery, Sidhe Interactive and Sticky Pictures. more
+ Meet the directors! FREE New Cool Seminars : July 2, 9, 16.
image (left): The Disruptiv Crew

>> The 'new' Dowse redevelopment

A creative venue - The exciting 'new' Dowse building redevelopment is
set to commence later this year. The design includes multi-purpose public spaces at the centre of the building, making it a great place for creative, community and corporate groups to meet and hold events.
The facilities will include:

* function spaces (80 - 200 people depending on configuration)
* theatre (centre rear of image (left)
* outdoor courtyard (right)

The 'new' Dowse will include creative spaces suitable for performance, installation artists, hands-on workshops, business functions, children's theatre and more!


The Dowse
Laings Road
PO Box 30 396
Lower Hutt

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