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What's coming up at The Dowse

What's coming up at The Dowse

Late Lounge with City Oh Sigh Thurs 5 September 2013, 7pm | Koha

City Oh Sigh is a quartet of trained musicians who carefully craft soulful songs, capturing audiences with their softness and beauty. The band combines unique instrumentation with subtle elements of folk and minimalist pop to emerge with a sound that is both difficult to categorise yet warmly familiar. Enjoy the relaxed vibe of the September Late Lounge, all galleries, cafe, shop and cash bar open until 9pm. Image attached

Talk & Tour: Volker Albus Sat 24 August 2013, 11am | FREE
Meet German designer, and curator of our exhibition New Olds, Volker Albus, and hear his insights into the changing world of contemporary design. Images attached.

Talk & Tour: Eve Armstrong Sun 1 September 2013, 1pm | FREE
Find out about Eve Armstrong's artist project, Rise, and how her constructions were inspired by her exploration of Lower Hutt. Image attached.

The Underground Market at The Dowse 8 September 2013, 11am–3pm
The weekly Underground Market on Wellington’s waterfront has expanded to bring a “best of the best” art and craft market to The Dowse on the second Sunday of every month.

Opening Exhibitions…

New Olds: Design Between Tradition and Innovation 24 August – 22 September 2013
Everyday objects are imbued with new qualities in a design exhibition featuring 60 works by 45 European and American designers. New Olds: Design Between Tradition and Innovation, an exhibition by the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, Stuttgart (ifa), presents household objects with a quirky 21st century twist. The exhibition is curated by German architect and designer, Volker Albus, who will be in New Zealand for the show's opening. Images attached.
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Ongoing Exhibitions…

Home Sewn: Original New Zealand Fashion 10 August – 24 November 2013 | FREE
Curated by Doris de Pont, one time New Zealand fashion designer, Home Sewn is a retrospective of the home sewing revolution in New Zealand. At a time when off-the-peg fashion was scarce and expensive, home sewing provided many generations of women with a stylish wardrobe that reflected the current couture of the fashion capitals. Home Sewn is a touring exhibition from the New Zealand Fashion Museum.

Eve Armstrong: Rise 10 August – 24 November 2013 | FREE
An artist project by Wellington's Eve Armstrong that draws on everyday materials and environments around Lower Hutt to create a series of intriguing sculptural collages.

Eve once described her art practice as making "adaptable support structures". Often these structures are object-based, like Rise, which uses found and second hand materials to conduct experiments in colour and form. "My work is typically made in quite a precarious way – different components are arranged rather than being glued. There's often a lot of propping, stacking, leaning, hanging – constant making and re-making."

Kobi Bosshard 15 June – 13 October 2013 | FREE | Objectspace Masters of Craft Series
Kobi Bosshard is widely regarded as 'the grandfather' of New Zealand contemporary jewellery. This stunning exhibiton features a selection of his jewellery from the 1960s to the present; works loaned from public and private collections around New Zealand and overseas.

Born in Switzerland in 1938, Kobi trained as a goldsmith as did his father and grandfather. In 1966, he came to New Zealand where he worked as an alpine guide. He established Fluxus (with Steve Mulqueen) in 1983 and continued working as a full-time jeweller up until his semi-retirement in 2001.

Sorry I am Out of Order 1 June – 15 September 2013 | FREE
This selection of works from The Dowse’s collection all suggest disruption of the usual order. In various ways they play up, act out and disturb us. Many of the works included in Sorry I Am Out Of Order are from a long-term loan to The Dowse by Wellington collectors Jim Barr and Mary Barr, demonstrating the spiky humour and playful contrariness that distinguishes their approach to collecting.

Closing Exhibitions…

Pic ‘n’ Mix 29 June – 1 September 2013 | FREE
This time, we’ve handed the reins over to you. To celebrate all the children who visit The Dowse, our new family show Pic 'n' Mix has been curated by a younger set of visitors. Nineteen local children have each chosen a favourite artwork from the collection.

From a plane to a dog to a very large apple, Pic ‘n’ Mix is an eclectic show that highlights the unique perspective children bring to the world of contemporary art.


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