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We have an exciting exhibition programme planned for our 50th anniversary. The programme reflects The Dowse continued commitment to supporting contemporary jewellery, ceramics, international art practices, profiling regional artists and projects focussed on fashion, street art and hip hop.

Fool's Gold

2021 marks fifty years since the opening of The Dowse - our golden anniversary. Fool’s Gold celebrates this moment by digging for gold in The Dowse Collection, exploring some of the golden (and yellow, ochre) artworks that have been collected over the past fifty years.

Like Fool's Gold (iron pyrite), all that glitters is not gold. This exhibition takes an inquisitive look at the golden moments and prized possessions at the heart of the collection and challenges you to consider the idea of value, be it monetary, cultural or historical.

Fool's Gold opens 2 February 2021.

Wild Domain - The Natural History of Jane Dodd Jewellery

Wild Domain: The Natural History of Jane Dodd Jewellery is part of our 50th Anniversary programme. It continues our commitment to highlighting contemporary Aotearoa jewellery practice.

This exhibition covers over 30 years of Dodd's jewellery practice and delves into her examination of humankind’s impact on the natural world.

Wild Domain opens 20 February 2021, 

The Most Dedicated: An Aotearoa Graffiti Story

This immersive experience tells the story of TMD (The Most Dedicated) Crew, Aotearoa’s most renowned international street art collective. Featuring the work of over 20 of its members, visitors will be able to delve into the origins and evolution of this graffiti super group.

The Most Dedicated: An Aotearoa Graffiti Story is part of our 50th Anniversary programme. It continues our commitment to street art and urban art culture that was initiated through projects such Respect: Hip Hop Aotearoa (2003), The New Cool (2005) and Common Ground (2009).

The Most Dedicated opens 27 March 2021.