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What's On at TheNewDowse, 22 November - 5 December 2010

What's On at TheNewDowse, 22 November - 5 December 2010

Late Lounge with Claude Rains Thurs 2 December 7-9pm | KOHA
The last Late Lounge for 2010! Wellington alt-county trio Claude Rains is: Murray Hewitt (nylon string acoustic guitar, mahalo and vocals), Heather Weir (acoustic guitar, vocals) and Andrew Bain (bass). Playing mostly folksy alt-country with some cute punk-ness, the band formed only a year ago with a different line-up and have recently added Andrew on bass. Named after a Front Lawn song (inspired by the film Casablanca), they are about to hit the recording studio. All galleries, café and shopette open until 9pm - bring the whole family. (Please note change in performer from what was advertised on posters and postcards)

Late Lounge will return in February 2011 with another line-up of tantalising talents, the first Thursday of every month. Programme out soon.


Closing Exhibition this week...
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.
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Ongoing Exhibitions...
The Bruce and Denny Show until Sun 27 February 2011
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 here:

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:

Mitre 10 Takahe Rescue 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!)TheNewDowse will exhibit the finalists of the competition, over 40 artworks, in our new upstairs family lounge. The entries are from 5-10 year olds from around New Zealand.
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 2010
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.


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