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What's On at TheNewDowse 7 December until Xmas

WHAT'S ON at THENEWDOWSE 7 December until Christmas

Lisa Walker: Unwearable opens this Saturday, 12 December 2009 until 14 February 2010 TheNewDowse celebrates the achievements of one of New Zealand's most internationally successful jewellers with Unwearable, a survey exhibition that traces the dramatic changes in Lisa Walker's practice since the early 1990s - a tantalising transition from the traditional and wearable to the non. Trading in her soldering torch for the fast draw of the glue gun, Lisa Walker has spent the past 15 years living and working in Germany where her jewellery has evolved beyond the realm of practicality. Unwearable coincides with Walker's return from Germany with her family to live in Island Bay, Wellington. Curated by Damian Skinner. Walker has just received news that she is to be the 2010 recipient of the Françoise van den Bosch Award. The award is presented every two years to an (international) jewellery artist whose work is of outstanding quality. www.francoisevandenbosch.nl (Image caption: Lisa Walker, Sheep Truck, 1997)

Santa's Little Helpers' Workshop Mon 21 & Tues 22 December | 10am-12noon or 1.30-3.30pm | $10 per child Going crazy with the kids? Need to do your own Christmas shopping? Let our little elves help you out this Christmas. Enrol your child(ren) in one of our fun and inventive creative workshops during which they'll make a gift-wrapped present for you or another loved one. Suitable for ages 5+ BOOKING REQUIRED T 04 570 6500, E newdowsebookings@huttcity.govt.nz

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Continuing Exhibitions...

HotHouse (Season 2) extended until 21 March 2010 If you couldn't make it to Great Mercury Island last Monday afternoon, there is still a chance to view one of Peter Beck's amazing rockets. The second season of TheNewDowse's design exhibition HotHouse includes a smaller version of Rocket Lab's revolutionary rocket the Atea-1, it's called Rocket Lab: Shooting for the Stars, (2008). It also includes: Twig Coat Stand: Knobby by Nature and Design, Winner of the 2009 Home New Zealand Design Award; Trompe L'oeil: Tricking the Eye, Winner of the 2009 Westfield Style Pasifika New Zealand Fashion Awards and the 2009 Mittel Moda fashion Award; and Tu Ake: Standing Strong, Maori-moko inspired running shoes by Titahi Bay's Wiremu Barriball, Winner of 2009 Moromoda Maori Fashion Week Award. Supported by GNS Science, a Crown Research Institute based in Lower Hutt, and Fraser Engineering Group.

TICKLE MY SENSES until 17 January 2010 Can you imagine what art looks like by touching it? Can a photograph make you feel hungry? Targeted at kids aged 3-10, this show demonstrates that you can explore art with all 5 senses.

18th ANNUAL WALLACE ART AWARDS until 24 January 2010 Since 1992, the Wallace Art Awards have supported and promoted New Zealand contemporary art and artists. The awards reward those producing outstanding work with international residencies at prestigious studios in Europe and the USA, with a total prize value of over $100,000. As the only venue outside Auckland, TheNewDowse displays a selection of works from winners and finalists. Toured by the Wallace Arts Trust Supported at TheNewDowse by Gillespie Young Watson

CAO FEI: UTOPIA until 31 January 2010 Discover the work of rising art star Cao Fei. Born in Guangzhou and living in Beijing, she represents a generation who have experienced urbanization at a giddying rate. The young people in her videos and photographs inhabit elaborate states of transformation, set against the fast patterns of the cityscape. A joint project by ARTSPACE Auckland and the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.

JIM MCMURTRY until 31 January 2010 Jim McMurtry, Michael Parekowhai's infamous giant blow-up bunny, has been seen snoozing in locations across the world from South Korea to Warsaw, Lithuania and the Maori Battalion Hall in Auckland. TheNewDowse provides his latest place to catch a few 'z's.


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