If your venue is interested in hosting any of the following touring Dowse exhibitions please contact:

Georgia Morgan
T 04 560 1476
E georgia.morgan@huttcity.govt.nz 


Currently touring:

Maureen Lander: Flat-Pack Whakapapa

The Dowse worked with Maureen Lander to create this new three-piece exhibition, and we’re both very keen to make this beautiful exhibition available to other galleries and audiences to enjoy.

Flat-Pack Whakapapa will reach a broad cross-over audience including the general public, local weaving groups, primary to tertiary students and craft enthusiasts. In particular, the exhibition unpacks ideas around Matauranga Māori and will be a fantastic addition to a Matariki programme and the primary school syllabus which includes the exploration of identity.

“We used Flat-Pack Whakapapa as a window into Te Ao Māori in the Social Studies curriculum; discussed symbols, raranga and traditional dye techniques in the Visual Arts curriculum; explored maths through pattern and tessellation; and students from Hutt Valley High used it for inspiration for their dance achievement objective”. Cat, Senior Educator at The Dowse Art Museum.

[download touring proposal here]

Confirmed venues
  • Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui —— 26 May – 22 July 2018
  • Te Uru, Auckland —— 11 August – 18 November 2018
  • Govett-Brewster, New Plymouth —— 1 Dec 2018 – 31 March 2019
  • Tairawhiti Museum, Gisborne —— 17 May – 28 July 2019
  • Waikato Museum, Hamilton —— 27 June – 4 October 2020
  • [available for touring]

Richard Stratton: Living History

Richard Stratton is one of New Zealand’s most innovative ceramic artists. The Dowse is excited to present his new body of work in Richard Stratton: Living History. These 15 distinctive works were produced with Creative New Zealand funding, and signal a fascinating shift in Stratton’s practice. This exhibition is a great opportunity for your institution to host an exhibition with broad audience appeal that invites visitors to connect with Stratton’s innovative practice. Visitors will see links to contemporary and traditional ceramic techniques, architecture, art history and craft history.

This exhibition combines the benefits of a simple installation with broad audience appeal and the chance to support a New Zealand object artist as they build a broader national audience.

[download touring proposal here] 

Read the Stratton's Denmark Residency

Confirmed venues
  • Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui —— 9 December 2017 – 2 April 2018
  • The Suter, Nelson —— 9 June – 26 August 2018
  • Malcolm Smith Gallery —— 6 October – 24 November 2018

World Builder: The Bob Gerrard Story

World Builder presents the life and work of an extraordinary self-taught artist whose work has rarely been seen outside of Wellington. Strange, mysterious and deeply inventive, Bob Gerrard’s artwork gives a view into another world.

Gerrard’s sculptures and selection of nearly 50 paintings depict a surreal realm with its own peculiar logic. His large wooden Noah’s arks are decorated with intricate tableaux, crafted with both skill and humour. Populated with mermaids, animals, wondrous temples and gardens, the arks are their own floating worlds. The paintings are from a series called El Bib, or Bible spelt backwards, with a cast including Jonah and the whale, Noah and his ark, Neptune, Santa and the Grim Reaper. Viewing El Bib feels like walking into a movie halfway through. From tourism possibilities at the North Pole to the eventual demise of Jonah’s marriage, the dramatic action is cuttingly hilarious.

Bob Gerrard (1928–2009) was born in Scotland but spent much of his adult life in Upper Hutt. He began to make art later in life after working as a carpenter, and, apart from attending the Upper Hutt Arts Society, learnt through experimentation and play. The Dowse is grateful to the Bob Gerrard family for their generous donation of his work.

Confirmed venues
  • Tauranga Art Gallery —— 25 March – 29 May 2016
  • New Zealand Maritime Museum —— 12 May – 30 September 2018