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Mudlark: Bronwynne Cornish, Ceramics 1982–2013

Past Exhibition
11 Apr – 02 Aug 2015
Free

Bronwynne Cornish, Baa Birds (detail), 2013. Courtesy of the artist

Bronwynne Cornish, Baa Birds (detail), 2013. Courtesy of the artist

Bronwynne Cornish, Frog Figure (detail), 1979. Collection of Hawke's Bay Musuems Trusts, RUAWHARO TĀ-Ū-RANGI

Bronwynne Cornish, Frog Figure (detail), 1979. Collection of Hawke's Bay Musuems Trusts, RUAWHARO TĀ-Ū-RANGI

Installation view. Photographer: John Lake.

Installation view. Photographer: John Lake.

Installation view. Photographer: John Lake.

Installation view. Photographer: John Lake.

Installation view. Photographer: John Lake.

Installation view. Photographer: John Lake.

Installation view. Photographer: John Lake.

Installation view. Photographer: John Lake.

Installation view. Photographer: John Lake.

Installation view. Photographer: John Lake.

Installation view. Photographer: John Lake.

Installation view. Photographer: John Lake.

Installation view. Photographer: John Lake.

Installation view. Photographer: John Lake.

Installation view. Photographer: John Lake.

Installation view. Photographer: John Lake.

Installation view. Photographer: John Lake.

Installation view. Photographer: John Lake.

Mudlark is a major survey exhibition by Bronwynne Cornish, one of New Zealand’s most celebrated ceramic artists.

Cornish was born in Lower Hutt and has held close relationships with The Dowse Art Museum over the years including having two previous solo exhibitions here. The exhibition Mudlark features sixty-nine works spanning over three decades of making and includes one of our favourite collection items, Home is Where the Heart is. Other works in the show, drawn from private collections around New Zealand include temples, cats, birds and sphinxes and will be mounted in a totally immersive space where people can create their own mythologies.

The exhibition pays homage to an artist who has devoted her life to the ceramic medium. A 'mudlark' is a late eighteenth and early nineteenth century term for someone who scavenges in river mud for items of value. Mudlarks were known for searching the muddy shores of the River Thames during low tide, scavenging for anything that could be resold.

The Dowse podcast

Bronwynne joined us on The Dowse Podcast to talk about Home is Where the Heart is. Listen to the podcast here.