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What’s on at The Dowse 29 January 2016

What’s on at The Dowse 29 January 2016

Upcoming Events…

Late Lounge: Claude Rains

Thurs 4 Feb 7pm Koha
Our first Late Lounge for the year! Get down to The Dowse to hear the urban folk, alt-country sound of Claude Rains. Since the release of their self-titled debut album in 2012, this Wellington based band have grown from strength to strength receiving international attention after their video You Say<> (shot in Lower Hutt!) went viral and has gone on to receive regular plays on BBC radio.
Talk & Tour: Warwick Freeman
Sat 6 Feb 11 am FREE
Join Warwick Freeman and The Dowse Director Courtney Johnston in discussion about the iconic 1995 exhibition Owners which is being re-presented at The Dowse as The Family Jewels.
Summer in Dowse Square
Every Saturday until 19 March 2016 12pm FREE
Enjoy free lunchtime performances by local performers. From the Sri Lanken Dance Academy and kapa haka to Hutt City Brass, bring a picnic and soak up the free entertainment!
New Exhibitions…

Suburban Dreams

30 Jan — 6 Jun 2016
The dream of the nuclear family in a brand new house on a quarter acre might be getting harder to reach but the suburban dream still shapes our identity. Suburban Dreams explores the place of suburbia in our lives, finding significance in the commonplace. Presenting the work of 19 artists including new works created for this exhibition by Kerry Ann Lee, John Lake and Tim Barlow.

The Family Jewels

6 February – 12 June 2016
The Dowse is proud to be showing The Family Jewels, a re- presentation of Warwick Freeman’s 1995 Owners exhibition and Owner’s Manual publication. Exquisite pieces of jewellery by one of new Zealand’s most acclaimed jewellers are shown with the original Patrick Reynolds images of the owners of Freeman jewellery wearing their works. Noted Australian curator, Julie Ewington, who was the Owner’s Manual author, and also a featured owner, provides a new assessment of the project 20 years on.
Current Exhibitions…
World Builders: Bob Gerrard, Susan Te Kahurangi King, Harry Watson
Until 6 Mar 2016

World Builders presents three artists who imagine other realities. They create worlds of their own making—each extraordinarily detailed, coherent places with their own peculiar logic. Curiously, all of the artists are self-taught, developing their visual languages through experimentation and practice.

This exhibition premieres a major gift to The Dowse from the family of artist Bob Gerrard. A remarkable donation of nearly 50 paintings and sculptures adds to the single sculpture already in our collection. Based in Silverstream, Lower Hutt, Bob began to make art later in life after working as a carpenter. His wooden arks are delightfully inventive, crafted with great technical skill and humour.

Me, My Selfie And I

Until 10 Apr 2016
Me, My #Selfie and I is the new exhibition that asks you to pull faces, capture your runway walk on camera, draw your profile and hold a pose! Kids of all ages (children and adults) are enjoying the chance to experience the interactives and contemplate the fun range of artworks from The Dowse that ask the question “Who in the world are you?”

Thought Cupboard

29 Nov 2015 — 8 Feb 2016
What does a ladder going nowhere have in common with a bronze lemon tree or a fake rock? Taking its title from Christine Hellyar’s sculpture, the works in Thought Cupboard reward closer inspection. Using unusual and unexpected materials, they encourage new connections and interpretations. Featuring works by Hellyar, Ruth Castle, Andrew Drummond, Kate Newby, Michael Parekowhai and more, this new exhibition brings together works from The Dowse collection and two private long term loans.
New Exhibitions…
Liu Jianhua: Transfer
20 Feb – 10 Jul 2016
Our big show for the New Zealand Festival! From the Venice Biennale to The Dowse Art Museum—this is the first time the work of Liu Jianhua, one of China’s best known contemporary artists, will be shown in New Zealand.
Liu Jianhua will present two full-gallery installations at The Dowse: one of the artist’s signature works of over 1,500 everyday objects cast in white porcelain including teddy bears, hammers and stilettos, and a new work (never before shown outside of China) of glistening pools of gold-coated porcelain.

Katrina Smit
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