Exhibitions on at the Dowse Art Museum
The Dowse Art Museum is a leading contemporary art gallery in Lower Hutt with an international reputation for its high-quality visitor experiences. Entry is free to their regularly changing exhibition programme featuring contemporary visual art, fashion, jewellery, multi-media and ceramics
Whatu Manawa: Celebrating the Weaving of Matekino Lawless
8 Feb – 10 May 2020
The Dowse Art Museum
Featuring beautifully woven kākahu, whāriki, and kete, The Dowse Art Museum’s latest exhibition, Whatu Manawa, celebrates the weaving of New Zealand treasure, Matekino Lawless QSM (Tainui), who marks her 92nd birthday on 18 February this year. As the first solo exhibition for the Rotoiti-based weaver, originally shown at the Tauranga Art Gallery, Whatu Manawa honours her dedication to the art and tradition of raranga (weaving). The exhibition includes an exquisite selection of Matekino’s signature works, chosen from an impressive collection of kākahu (cloaks), whāriki (mats) and kete (baskets) created between the 1980s and today. The detailed pieces are made from native New Zealand plants such as harakeke (flax), pīngao and kiekie and use natural dyes such as paru; demonstrating her loyalty to the traditions of her craft.
A Short Run: A Selection of New Zealand Lathe-Cut Records
15 Feb – 7 Jun 2020
The Dowse Art Museum
At the foothills of the Southern Alps in the late 1980s, Peter King re-engineered a then-outdated technology, developing a new way of “cutting” audio into transparent polycarbonate plastic. Lo-fi but affordable, Peter King’s lathe cut records sparked an explosion of limited-edition releases from NZ’s innovative underground music scenes. Generally produced in runs of 20–100 copies, these records often featured bespoke hand-made cover art, liner notes, booklets, and various other inserts and modifications; audio, artefacts, aesthetics, and attitudes that are practically unfeasible within the economies of scale required by the commercial music industry.