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WHAT'S ON at TheNewDowse 9-21 Nov 2010

WHAT'S ON at TheNewDowse

9-21 November, 2010

Muka Youth Prints 18-19 November 2010 | Noon-5pm

Original lithographs by leading artists are for sale but only to children and teenagers so they can learn to enjoy and buy art on their own. New Zealand and overseas artists have produced sets of small original lithographs to be sold exclusively to 5-18 year olds. This is always popular event that is a lot of fun to bring along children and grandchildren. All the artworks are priced at $65 and the artists' names and signatures are covered during the show so that young people can choose the work that they like. Please note, adults are not allowed in the exhibition.


Opening next week...

The Bruce and Denny Show opens Sat 20 November

Self-branded artist Billy Apple(tm) is passionate about motor racing. In The Bruce and Denny Show, he salutes racing greats Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme's domination of the Canadian American Challenge Cup (Can-Am) races in the late 1960s. The series became known as 'The Bruce and Denny Show', a phrase made famous by newspaper reporters of the day. The McLaren Motor Racing team won all but three races between 1967 to 1971 and in the 1969 season, Bruce and Denny won every race in their huge orange Group 7 sports-racing cars. Apple has personalised his works with McLaren's racing colours, while conforming to the Billy Apple brand of graphics and composition using the golden ratio format and Futura font. Full press release attached and here:

NB: Billy Apple will be in Wellington next week, please let me know if you are interested in arranging an interview or photo opp.

Image credits:

Billy Apple, Bruce McLaren, 1967 Can-AM Champion, 2008. The Bruce and Denny Show, 2008 Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland. Courtesy of the Bruce McLaren Trust

Billy Apple Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Denny Hulme, winner, 1967, 1968, 2008. The Bruce and Denny Show, 2008 Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland. Courtesy of the Bruce McLaren Trust


Ongoing Exhibitions...

Bugs, Beetles and Butterflies until 30 January 2011

An exhibition featuring insect-inspired works by prominent New Zealand artists including Richard Killeen, Elizabeth Thomson, Joanna Braithwaite as well as jewellery by Steph Lusted and Tania Patterson. A highlight will be Peter Madden's collection of hand painted (but real) flies. The international centrepiece is the New Zealand premiere of Glowing Pathfinder Bugs, an interactive digital artwork involving virtual bugs on a real sandpit by Squidsoup with Wellingtonian Chris Bennewith at the forefront. Press release: / Squidsoup: Image attached: Steph Lusted, Precious Nature, 2009. Sterling Silver, resin, New Zealand spider and bees. Courtesy of the artist.

Mitre 10 Takahe Resuce Project Children's Art Competition 2010 until 30 January 2011

Mitre 10 is committed to the rescue and recovery work needed to prevent the extinction of the Takahe, a rare native New Zealand bird. The Mitre 10 Takahe Rescue Children Art Competition helps raise awareness of this endangered bird. (The Takahe is more endangered than any species of kiwi!)The Dowse is exhibiting 40 of the entries, including the winner and five other finalists, in the new upstairs family lounge. The works are from 5-10 year olds from around New Zealand.

19th Annual Wallace Art Awards 2010 until Sun 28 November

The annual Wallace Art Awards is the longest running award of its type in New Zealand. The Dowse is showcasing the winners and most of the finalists; the only Wellington venue to host for this outstanding awards exhibition. View the winners and finalist of this prestigious award, the recipient of the Paramount Award of the 19th Wallace Art Awards 2010 is Sam Mitchell with Janus. Wellington finalists include Kate Woods (Thorndon), Glenn Burrell (Strathmore), and Cathryn Munro (Island bay).

More information:

Sightseeing until 23 January 2011

An innovative exhibition of postcards that explores the representation of place in contemporary German and New Zealand photography.Mark Adams, Fiona Amundsen, Karin Apollonia Müller, Wayne Barrar, Frank Breuer, John Di Stefano, Jeremy Diggle, Elger Esser, Doris Frohnapfel, Eva Leitolf, Anne Noble, Haruhiko Sameshima, Sarah Schönfeld, Grit Schwedtfeger, Ann Shelton. Curated by Hanna Scott. Media release: Sightseeing blog here:

Small Stories extended until 12 December

Featuring jewellery from TheNewDowse collection, each work with its own story to tell. Jane Dodd, Lynn Kelly, Warwick Freeman, Areta Wilkinson, Octavia Cook, Kirsten Haydon, Kim Brice, Pauline Bern, Jacqui Chan, Daniel Clasby and Blair Smith infuse their jewellery with narratives from a range of inspirations. Jane Dodd's jewellery often reflects her fascination with memory, magic and fairy tales, like in Rumplestiltskin; in Visible Panty Line, Blair Smith has created a light hearted play on the suburban washing line; and Areta Wilkinson draws on her experience of illness and recovery in The Herbal Mixture.

Petone Settlers Museum...

Tatou Tatou ongoing | The Esplanade, Petone | Wed to Sun 10am- 4pm | FREE

To mark the 70th anniversary of the opening of its building, the Wellington Provincial Centennial Memorial, the Petone Settlers Museum has recently been refurbished and a new exhibition, Tatou Tatou celebrates the history of the local area with a contemporary visitor experience. The exhibition commemorates the historic meeting of the great Maori Te Atiawa chiefs, Te Wharepouri and Te Puni, and the first British settlers, on Pito-one's (Petone) shores in 1840.


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