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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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The Mind In the Hand: Drawing From The Dowse Collection

"It seems that whether the hand is holding a pencil, a loaded brush, a piece of modelling clay, or even a collage paper, it is not important. What is of prime importance is that the hand responds to what is seen. So, ...

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 17-Oct-2017, 18-Oct-2017, 19-Oct-2017, 20-Oct-2017, 21-Oct-2017, 22-Oct-2017 View more sessions

Fiona Clark: Te Iwi o Te Wahi Kore

For over 40 years, Fiona Clark’s style of documentary photography has continued to capture the essence of the communities she has been a part of, so they can be better understood. Her photographs from the 1980–81 ...

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 17-Oct-2017, 18-Oct-2017, 19-Oct-2017, 20-Oct-2017, 21-Oct-2017, 22-Oct-2017 View more sessions

Maureen Lander: Flat-pack Whakapapa

Just as whakapapa (genealogy) reflects someone’s lineage and biology, the starting line of a kete determines how its patterning and size will develop. In Flat-pack Whakapapa, Maureen Lander will create three ...

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 17-Oct-2017, 18-Oct-2017, 19-Oct-2017, 20-Oct-2017, 21-Oct-2017, 22-Oct-2017 View more sessions

HandShake 3: Reflect

To ‘reflect’ can mean both to mirror or to cast back and respond. In this exhibition, 12 jewellers who are a part of the Handshake project have been invited to draw connections between the term ‘reflect’ and the ...

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 17-Oct-2017, 18-Oct-2017, 19-Oct-2017, 20-Oct-2017, 21-Oct-2017, 22-Oct-2017 View more sessions

Nicholas Mangan: Limits to Growth

Limits to Growth is the first survey exhibition of Australian artist Nicholas Mangan to be held in Aotearoa New Zealand. With a strong research base in history, science and visual culture, Mangan's work addresses a ...

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 17-Oct-2017, 18-Oct-2017, 19-Oct-2017, 20-Oct-2017, 21-Oct-2017, 22-Oct-2017 View more sessions

Across From the Court, On the Way to The Mall

Jay Hutchinson is an embroidery artist with a twist. He has a longstanding fascination with street culture, which he expresses in his art works by contrasting the quick nature of graffiti with the slow and careful ...

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 17-Oct-2017, 18-Oct-2017, 19-Oct-2017, 20-Oct-2017, 21-Oct-2017, 22-Oct-2017 View more sessions

Torchlight Tours

Come inside and warm up at The Dowse during Highlight with a cosy torchlight tour through one of our fantastic exhibitions. We’ve turned down the lights and are inviting you to explore our shows with your very own ...

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 20-Oct-2017, 20-Oct-2017, 20-Oct-2017, 20-Oct-2017, 20-Oct-2017, 20-Oct-2017 View more sessions

Scribble and Sculpt: Art in Schools

Art and craft have been vital to our education system since the 1940s. The exhibition Scribble and Sculpt shares the story of pioneering teachers who led the way for educational reform and promoted creativity at the ...

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 20-Oct-2017, 21-Oct-2017, 22-Oct-2017, 23-Oct-2017, 24-Oct-2017, 25-Oct-2017 View more sessions

Messy Monday

Build! Make! Create! Our educators are opening up our Creative Workshop to encourage no rules creative exploration. Koha. Age 8+ Spaces are limited, pre-book to avoid disappointment. Phone - 04 570 6500 Email ...

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 23-Oct-2017, 30-Oct-2017, 06-Nov-2017, 13-Nov-2017, 20-Nov-2017, 27-Nov-2017 View more sessions

Make and Create

Koha welcome Make and create together with our art making sessions for all the family. Sessions are led by our Education team and held in The Hive, our family lounge – where hut building, puppets and story books are ...

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 24-Oct-2017, 31-Oct-2017, 07-Nov-2017, 14-Nov-2017, 21-Nov-2017, 28-Nov-2017 View more sessions

Muka Youth Prints

Absolutely no adults! We are delighted to host the ever-astonishing Muka Youth Prints here at The Dowse. The concept is super simple, even grown-ups can understand it. Young people are invited to a special exhibition ...

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 01-Nov-2017, 02-Nov-2017

Eve Armstrong: Collective Pursuits

Eve Armstrong welcomes you to drop in to The Dowse from 11–22 November to share your Horticultural Hall event memories and anecdotes. Your personal records will create an informal archive from which Eve will form ...

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 10-Nov-2017, 11-Nov-2017, 12-Nov-2017, 13-Nov-2017, 14-Nov-2017, 15-Nov-2017 View more sessions

Gavin Hipkins: The Domain

New Zealand artist Gavin Hipkins’ career is characterised by a remarkable fluidity, spanning a wide range of photographic media, from slide transparencies to photograms to moving image. The Domain will be an ...

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 17-Nov-2017, 18-Nov-2017, 19-Nov-2017, 20-Nov-2017, 21-Nov-2017, 22-Nov-2017 View more sessions

Food Lovers Masterclass - With Kate Meads

At this educational masterclass, not only will you receive $60 worth of goodies from your local council, you will get lots of exciting and inspirational advice around ways you can reduce your food waste. Topics ...

Region:Lower Hutt
Dates: 01-Dec-2017