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What’s On at The Dowse 13 October 2014

WHAT’S ON at THE DOWSE 13 October 2014

Opening this week…

Solo 2014: Five Wellington Artists

18 October 22 February 2015

Nine metres of hydrangeas in oil paint, a translucent pyramid, colourful collage, experimental jewellery and captivating performance work are some of the treats that The Dowse Art Museum has to offer as part of biennial exhibition Solo 2014. Showcasing newly-commissioned works by five established and up-and-coming local artists - Karl Maughan, Peter Trevelyan, Samin Son, Ruth Thomas-Edmond and Moniek Schrijer.

Upcoming Events…

Solo Floortalk: With all five artists
Sun 19 October, 1PM Free
Join Karl Maughan, Peter Trevelyan, Ruth Thomas Edmond, Samin Son and Moniek Schrijer as they each spend 10-15 minutes talking about their newly commissioned works in Sol 2014.

Johanna Mechan: Stepping into Social Waters
Tues 28, Wed 29 October, 10AM-5PM Free
Stepping into Social Waters is a video work that visually explores ecological, historical and cultural issues around the Waiwhetu Stream in Lower Hutt. Mechen, who has an art practice based in photography, wades into the stream and begins collecting rubbish, artifacts and stories from passersby.

An Evening with Takeshi Yasuda
Thu 30 Oct 6:00 p.m. Free
Drinks and nibbles from 6.00 p.m.
Presentation from 6.30 p.m.

Internationally renowned potter, Takeshi Yasuda is, without doubt, one of the world's leading exponents of creativity on the wheel. His work is sought after and collected around the world. He is in New Zealand as judge for the Portage Ceramic Awards and his concurrent exhibition at Te Uru – gallery for contemporary art, in Titirangi, Auckland.>

Talk & Tour: Simon Manchester on a Modest Modernism
Sun 2 November, 2PM FREE
Join New Zealand studio ceramics expert Simon Manchester in a lively discussion about A Modest Modernism and hear about the extraordinary lives of Juliet Peter & Roy Cowan.

The Age of Aquarius: A 1970s Fashion Revolution opening weekend extravaganza!
15-16 November 2014

We don’t want anyone to miss the opening weekend extravaganza we’ve got planned for The Age of Aquarius: A 1970s Fashion Revolution. From a fun opening party to a special edition Fabric-a-Brac for vintage fabric fans this is going to be a weekend you’ll want to mark in your diary now!

Upcoming Exhibitions…

A Tribute: Selected Works from the Pat Parker Collection
25 October – 15 February 2015

A Tribute pays homage to Pat Parker (1943 – 2014), Lower Hutt resident, art lover and supporter. The exhibition, featuring works by Ralph Hotere, Paul McKay and Nigel Brown is an opportunity to share with visitors Pat Parker’s enviable art collection now on long term loan to The Dowse.

The Age of Aquarius: A 1970s Fashion Revolution

15 November 1 February 2015
Featuring the fadeless fabulousness of polyester, bell-bottom flares and denim dungarees, The Age of Aquarius is an exhibition curated and toured by the New Zealand Fashion Museum. See and experience New Zealand in the 1970s through fashion. Sample the show with an in-store display at Kirkaldie & Stains 11-30 November.

Exhibitions on now…
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.

Exhibitions closing soon…


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.

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!

Katrina Smit
Communication and Relationships Manager


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