Join us on Museum Store Sunday

Author: Sasha Greig, Front of House Team Leader

On November 25, The Dowse Art Museum is joining over 300 museums from five countries in participating in Museum Store Sunday.

Museum Store Sunday gives people a special day to support local businesses, find unique gifts, and enjoy a day at their favourite museum, all at the same time. Here at The Dowse, it’s an opportunity for us to celebrate the local makers, designers, and creators whose gorgeous works fill our shelves, as well as launching two very new and exciting merchandise ranges.

On Museum Store Sunday we will officially launch the merchandise for our summer exhibition Gavin Hipkins: The Domain. The range features pencils, notebooks, patches, enamel pins and more. Designed especially for this exhibition, the merchandise features his images in new ways, and will be one way visitors can take a piece of the exhibition home.

We will also be launching the first season of The Dowse Pattern Project. The Pattern Project is a partnership between emerging and local designers and Mine: The Dowse Shop. It is a new way for us to celebrate creative excellence in our design community. This range of Dowse-inspired merchandise is also a new way for visitors to connect with and support The Dowse. The first edition features designs from Michael Pester and Connah Hazelwood.

As always, all purchases made in The Dowse Shop directly support the work that The Dowse does, so this Museum Store Sunday, get your Christmas shopping done, support The Dowse, and take home gifts with meaning.

About Museum Store Sunday

Museum Store Sunday was started in 2017 in the USA as a response to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping days that occur on that weekend. The day aims to encourage people to shop conscientiously and support their local museum stores and their missions worldwide. Museums across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium, Bermuda, Ireland, and here in New Zealand are participating in Musuem Store Sunday for 2017.

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