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What’s on at The Dowse 11 August 2014

What’s on at The Dowse 11 August 2014

Exhibitions opening soon...

Peter Peryer: A Careful Eye

23 Aug – 23 Nov 2014

Peter Peryer had his first solo exhibition at a public gallery here at The Dowse in 1977. It was a visionary move by then director Jim Barr at a time when photography was rarely seen in public art institutions. Fast-forward to 2014 and Peter Peryer: A Careful Eye curated by The Dowse’s Sian van Dyk, is a selection of over 50 works from Peter’s celebrated career. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with essays by both Jim Barr and Sian van Dyk.

Elizabeth Thomson: Invitation to Openness—Substantive and Transitive States

23 Aug – 23 Nov 2014

Wellington sculptor Elizabeth Thomson is creating a new installation for The Dowse which will surprise and delight visitors. An entire room will be quietly inhabited by hundreds of white moths which will hover in the space as though having arrived of their own accord. This is Elizabeth Thomson’s most ambitious installation to date as it will fill an entire gallery. Each moth is cast in bronze and flocked in white giving the moths an eerie realism.

Upcoming Events...

Talk & Tour: Peter Peryer and Jim Barr

Join photographer Peter Peryer and former Dowse director Jim Barr in a discussion about Peter’s work and his exhibition Peter Peryer: A Careful Eye.

Sun 24 Aug 1:00 p.m.


ECC Student Craft/ Design Awards

29 August 2014

With entries closed for the ECC Student Craft/ Design Awards, judging is now underway.

This year you’ll have the opportunity to be a judge in the ECC People’s Choice Award. From Tuesday 12 August go to the ECC facebook page to vote for your favourite design from the finalists. Make sure too, that you come in to see the winning entries which will be on display at The Dowse on the 30-31 August, at ECC Wellington from 2 - 12 September 2014 and at Urbis Design Day in Auckland March 2015. The Awards are run by The Friends of The Dowse, generously sponsored by ECC and proudly promoted by our new awards media partner

Ongoing Exhibitions...


21 June - 28 September 2014 FREE

Wunderrūma is the largest exhibition of New Zealand jewellery to ever travel to Europe.

Shown at Galerie Handwerk in Munich, Germany as Wunderrūma: Schmuck aus Neuseeland before returning to New Zealand for its showing at The Dowse, the exhibition brings together over 200 pieces by more than 75 New Zealand jewellers and artists as well as Māori taonga and Pacific and historical European jewellery from Te Papa.


21 June - 28 September 2014 FREE

Coming to us from Rotorua Museum, Matatoki brings together the work of some internationally-recognised contemporary Māori carvers.


Until 2 Nov 2014 FREE

A Modest Modernism: Roy Cowan & Juliet Peter celebrates the creative lives of Wellington artist couple Roy Cowan (Ngāpuhi, Te Atiawa1918-2006) and Juliet Peter (1915-2010).

Painters, printmakers, potters and illustrators, both artists placed aesthetics at the heart of all their work, and approached life with the idea that all artistic activity is connected.


28 June – 19 October 2014 FREE

Reverie brings together a selection of dreamy oil and watercolour paintings from The Dowse collection. Featuring works by Joanna Paul, Toss Woollaston, Flora Scales, Michael Harrison, Olivia Spencer Bower and Gretchen Albrecht.

Dear Nostalgia

26 July – 9 November 2014 FREE

Presenting over 100 objects from the Petone Settlers Museum, Dear Nostalgia is an invitation to glimpse the past. From treasured toys and glamorous accessories to a cannon ball and handcuffs, this exhibition will catch your eye, capture your imagination and transport you to another time!


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