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Dowse Curator to Take Part in International Jewellery Events

Dowse Curator to Take Part in International Jewellery Events

The Dowse Art Museum is delighted to announce that our acting Senior Curator, Sian van Dyk, will be travelling to Munich, Germany in March this year with the support of Creative New Zealand to attend international jewellery events ‘Talente’ and ‘Schmuck’.

Now in its 34th year, Talente is an opportunity for young artists to launch their creative careers in Europe. Schmuck, regarded as the world’s leading jewellery event, is an international jewellery competition that has been held in Munich for over 50 years.

This is the seventh year that Creative New Zealand has supported a New Zealand presence at these events. Sian will travel with New Zealand artists as part of the 2015 delegation. The trip will be an opportunity for her to meet artists and curators, see a vast number of contemporary jewellery displays, and immerse herself in the international jewellery scene.

On her return to New Zealand Sian will use her new networks and knowledge to develop a major international jewellery exhibition to be shown at The Dowse in 2016.

The Dowse director Courtney Johnston says ‘Sian is at exactly the right point in her career to take advantage of this amazing opportunity. The Dowse has a strong commitment to supporting contemporary New Zealand jewellery, and Sian attending in Schmuck and Talente will open up even more opportunities for us to connect our artists with audiences both in New Zealand and internationally.’

Sian’s recent projects at The Dowse include SOLO 2014: Five Wellington Artists, Modern Revivals: Contemporary New Zealand Furniture, Peter Peryer: A Careful Eye, and Elizabeth Thomson: Invitation to Openness—Substantive and Transitive States. In 2015 she is working on projects with painter Seraphine Pick, jeweller Areta Wilkinson, sculptor Reweti Arapere, a show from The Dowse’s jewellery collection, and a thematic exhibition on collage in contemporary New Zealand art.

In 2014 The Dowse toured the major New Zealand survey Wunderrūma: New Zealand Jewellery, curated by Warwick Freeman and Karl Fritsch, to Munich as part of the Schmuck festival, and showed the exhibition on its return to New Zealand. In 2015 the exhibition will show at Auckland Art Gallery. The Dowse also holds an outstanding collection of contemporary New Zealand jewellery: key pieces will go on show at The Dowse in The Bold and the Beautiful (21 February – 5 July).

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