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The Dowse Art Museum

Play. Think. Create. Learn. Discover. Creativity is for everyone.

Our commitment to creative practice has no limits, spanning everything from art and design to hip hop, fashion, science and business. We are dedicated to showcasing innovations in creativity that drive human progress and understanding at all levels: culturally, socially, spiritually, and economically.

As long as creativity abounds, no media, subject or sector is out of question. The Dowse Art Museum invites people from all walks of life to engage in and experience creativity. Our focus is on delivering experiences that are inspiring, accessible, adventurous and entrepreneurial.

Collection Type
Art


Contact Details
Postal address iconP O Box 30-396, Lower Hutt
Telephone number icon64-4-5706500
Web address iconhttp://www.dowse.org.nz
Email address icondowse@huttcity.govt.nz


Visitor Information
Physical address icon45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Hours of operation iconMon-Fri 10am-4:30pm Sat-Sun 10am-5pm
Charges iconFree


Facilities
Wheelchair accessCafeParkingShopFunction SpacePublic ProgrammesMembership ClubToilets



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Sleeping Arrangements

Sleeping Arrangements pivots around a moment of crisis - the beginning of the second decade of the AIDS epidemic in the early 1990s. This exhibition uses the epidemic to provide a shared context within which meditations ...

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 19-Jul-2018, 20-Jul-2018, 21-Jul-2018, 22-Jul-2018, 23-Jul-2018, 24-Jul-2018 View more sessions

Shannon Te Ao: my life as a tunnel

Shannon Te Ao (Ngāti Tūwharetoa) blurs the lines between melancholy and optimism, exploring our relationships to language, land and each other. my life as a tunnel features the moving image work 'With the sun aglow, ...

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 19-Jul-2018, 20-Jul-2018, 21-Jul-2018

Wrought Makers' Markets

​Wrought is a new breed of makers' market, featuring local crafters and makers, performers, workshops, demonstrations, and activities. We're always on the lookout for makers with something different to offer, ...

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 20-Jul-2018, 27-Oct-2018

Come Together

This exhibition celebrates the happenings we participate in with friends and whanau during Matariki, such as coming together to share stories, remember the past and consider the future. Reflecting on the many ...

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 19-Jul-2018, 20-Jul-2018, 21-Jul-2018, 22-Jul-2018, 23-Jul-2018, 24-Jul-2018 View more sessions

Steady As You Go

SAYGO is a session of flexibility and strengthening exercises for falls prevention. Participants follow a peer leader through a series of movements which increase strength and balance. This 45 - 60 minute class is ...

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 23-Jul-2018, 30-Jul-2018, 06-Aug-2018, 13-Aug-2018, 20-Aug-2018, 27-Aug-2018 View more sessions

Art Sampler

A quick lunch time talk with one of our curators on a special aspect of a current exhibition.

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 03-Aug-2018, 07-Sep-2018, 04-Oct-2018, 01-Nov-2018

Can Tame Anything

Can Tame Anything features the work of contemporary artists Ruth Buchanan, Alicia Frankovich, Mata Aho Collective, and Sriwhana Spong. For full exhibition information and related events please visit our website.

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 03-Aug-2018, 04-Aug-2018, 05-Aug-2018, 06-Aug-2018, 07-Aug-2018, 08-Aug-2018 View more sessions

Artist Talk: Mata Aho Collective

Join Mata Aho Collective on the opening day of "Can Tame Anything" to hear about their new work commissioned as part of the exhibition.

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 04-Aug-2018

Healthy Streets: a practical workshop with Lucy Saunders

Hutt City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council are delighted to invite you to a special session with Lucy Saunders for local and central government staff. Lucy’s the driving force behind the ...

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 08-Aug-2018

Creating Great Relationships Workshop

Are relationships getting you down? Do you ask yourself "When am I going to find a loving partner?", "Why do I struggle to feel loved?", "Why doesn't my partner understand my needs?" or "Why am I surrounded by ...

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 11-Aug-2018

Puppet Show & Workshop - Hutt Winter Festival

At this workshop you’ll watch a puppet show, and then learn to make your own puppets. Bring your puppet to the Hutt Winter Festival on Sat 18 August and be in the Puppet Parade alongside Hutt Winter Festival's Wild ...

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 18-Aug-2018

Faerie Wing Making - Hutt Winter Festival

Join artist Tina Rae Carter to create some wings to wear at the Hutt Winter Festival. Be part of the puppet parade! Walk the community labyrinth in your faerie wings! Dance to the pop-up performances. Be inspired by ...

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 18-Aug-2018

Lantern Workshop - Hutt Winter Festival

At these lantern making workshops you will be creating a lantern that you can attach to a bike, wheelchair or pushchair, or carry while you walk. We’ll show you how you can light it up either using your bike lights or ...

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 18-Aug-2018

Poi Workshops - Hutt Winter Festival

Make your own poi and then learn how to swing it. The poi was traditionally used to increase flexibility and strength in the hands and arms and to improve coordination. It was swung to the rhythmic sounds of nature. The ...

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 18-Aug-2018

Weaving Workshop - Hutt Winter Festival

Learn how to make a bouquet of ngā puti puti (flowers) using basic harakeke (flax) weaving techniques and traditional methods used by Māori and Polynesians. Limit: 15 participants About the artist: Kody Loretz ...

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 18-Aug-2018

Bike Illuminating Station - Hutt Winter Festival

Have you taken part in one of the illuminated bikes workshops? Awesome, bring your wheels to the Hutt Winter Festival illuminated bike parade. Missed a workshop? Never fear! The bike illuminating station is here. At ...

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 18-Aug-2018

Mask Workshop - Hutt Winter Festival

Take inspiration from the wild nature around us, play with colour, patterns and shapes to design your own mask with The Dowse Education team. Bring your mask and join in the fun on Saturday 18th August at the Hutt ...

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 18-Aug-2018

Pae In the Face - Hutt Winter Festival

Have fun learning te reo with Tōku Reo's Pae in the Face game. Suitable for any level of te reo, whether you're completely fluent or know only a few words. This is a great way to break the ice! Fun for all ages, ...

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 18-Aug-2018

Taaniko Brooch Workshop - Hutt Winter Festival

This workshop will teach people how to make little tāniko badges on pins - reflecting Mata Aho’s show at the Dowse on a miniature scale. The materials will be natural fibre (hemp, muka) and embroidery thread. ...

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 18-Aug-2018

Kathak Indian Dance Workshop - Hutt Winter Festival

An interactive session of Kathak, Indian classical dance, where Mayur Dance Academy students will get the audience on their feet and teach them few steps. Kathak is an Indian classical dance form that originated from ...

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 18-Aug-2018

Bollywood Indian Dance Workshop - Hutt Winter Festival

An interactive session of Indian Bollywood dance where the talented teacher from the Mayur Dance Academy will teach the audience some classic Bollywood dance moves. Bollywood is a dance form that emerged from the Indian ...

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 18-Aug-2018

Art Babies

A change of scene for parents and caregivers of babes-in-arms. Bring the baby in the buggy and front pack and join us for a tour of our current exhibitions, followed by a complimentary morning tea. Bookings ...

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 02-Sep-2018

Pocket Histories

Pocket Histories considers the sampling of modernism with abstracted embroidery by Vita Cochran; painting by Imogen Taylor and ceramics by Isobel Thom. Full exhibition details and images can be found on our website ...

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 07-Sep-2018, 08-Sep-2018, 09-Sep-2018, 10-Sep-2018, 11-Sep-2018, 12-Sep-2018 View more sessions

Imogen Taylor On Pocket Histories

Join artist Imogen Taylor on a tour of Pocket Histories, who will reflect on her collaboration with curator Ioana Gordon-Smith to develop this exhibition. Pocket Histories explores Taylor's relationship with ...

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 08-Sep-2018

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori - Māori Language Week

Drop into The Hive - our family lounge and discover puzzles, stories, crafts and activities to explore and celebrate Te Reo Māori. All welcome, come and go as you please.

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 09-Sep-2018, 10-Sep-2018, 11-Sep-2018, 12-Sep-2018, 13-Sep-2018, 14-Sep-2018 View more sessions

Hutt Valley Horticultural Society Spring Show

Come and enjoy a blast of seasonal colour with daffodils and spring flowers. Plants, arts and crafts for sale. All welcome to exhibit and help will be at hand for new exhibitors. Children and members free.

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 15-Sep-2018, 15-Sep-2018

Spring Rain

Let’s make it rain! Explore music and art together creating a rain stick using lots of different tools and tricks to keep things curious. Bookings essential.

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 01-Oct-2018

Art Camp

Cost $45 Bookings essential. Ages: 11+ Curate your own mini exhibition exploring a variety of art making techniques over two days. Our educators Jolie and Cat are excited to give young people the chance to ...

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 02-Oct-2018, 03-Oct-2018

Ioana Gordon- Smith: Pocket Histories

Join Te Uru curator Ioana Gordon-Smith to hear about her collaboration with artist Imogen Taylor to develop Pocket Histories, which explores three contemporary artists' relationships with modernism.

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 12-Oct-2018