50th Anniversary


Join us for special events throughout the year celebrating 50 years of uplifting ideas at The Dowse.


Floor Talk & Book Launch - Wild Domain

Sat 8 May, 1pm | Free 

Join Ōtepoti Dunedin-based jeweller Jane Dodd in conversation with Dowse Director Karl Chitham, as they explore Wild Domain: The Natural History of Jane Dodd Jewellery; an exhibition which delves into her examination of humankind’s impact on the natural world. Representing the first major survey of Jane Dodd’s expanding family of works, Wild Domain, covers nearly 30 years of Dodd’s jewellery practice and includes pieces from many of her most well known and loved exhibitions and bodies of work.

Then join us to celebrate the launch of Wild Domain: The Natural History of Jane Dodd Jewellery, a brand new publication. Featuring beautifully articulated responses to Jane’s practice from contributors Dr. Chelsea Nichols, Bronwyn Lloyd and Justine Olsen, as well as images from Haru Sameshima, long-time photographer of Jane’s jewellery. This publication is made possible through the generous support of Creative New Zealand.


The Most Dedicated - Street Art Festival 

Sat 27 March - Tues 30 March | Free

Celebrating urban art culture and coinciding with the exhibition The Most Dedicated: An Aotearoa Graffiti Story, we bring you The Most Dedicated: Street Art Festival – a selection of new murals painted throughout the Lower Hutt CBD by internationally acclaimed street art collective, TMD Crew. Between 27 and 30 March, see how 13 of the TMD Crew members, paint the murals live and turn the city into an outdoor art gallery and add to Lower Hutt’s existing display of street art. Also included as part of the festival are workshops (ABC’S of Graffiti Workshop, Graffiti 101 with Paint Markers & Glitch in the Street), a guided Mural Walking Tour and an Artist Talk.

13 TMD artists involved with the festival are ADICT, ASKEW ONE (Elliot O’Donnell), BERST (Dr. Bobby Hung), DEUS (Elliot Francis Stewart), EXIST, FLURO (Holly Ross), HASER (Kairau Bradley), Mark Henare, MISERY (Tanja Jade), PEST5 (Jonny 4Higher), PHAT ONE (Charles Williams) and RAMS. 


Dowse Birthday Bash -
a day of creativity, music and play!

Sat 13 February, 12– 4pm | Free

Cheers to 50 years! Join us this summer for a day of celebration for the whole whānau.

Whether you’re keen to try your hand at something totally new, create a masterpiece of your very own or take a behind-the-scenes peek at some of the secrets in the museum, Dowse Birthday Bash will be bursting at the seams with fun!

Mark the date in your calendar and keep an eye out on our website or social media channels for more info.