[CANCELLED] Opening of Ngā Hokohoko


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CANCELLED: Opening of Ngā Hokohoko

Due to the developing COVID-19 situation, we have decided to postpone the opening celebration for Ngā Hokohoko.

The health of our visitors, staff and our community is very important to us, and while it’s disappointing to have to cancel this event, we want to minimise opportunities for the virus to spread.

The Dowse Art Museum is still open, and you are welcome to explore
Ngā Hokohoko from Saturday 21 March. We encourage visitors to take the following precautions:

          - We have hand sanitiser and plenty of soap available. Please make use of them, wash your hands for 20 seconds, sneeze into your elbow and avoid touching your face.
          - Try to maintain social distancing, and avoid contact like handshakes, high fives, and holding hands.
          - If you’ve been sick or have returned from overseas in the last 14 days, please do not come to the museum.

We’ll monitor the situation over the coming weeks to consider a new date for the event. We’ll update everyone on our website and social media.

Thank you for your continued support of our artists, programmes and activities. Stay safe and look after one another. Noho ora mai.

Ngā mihi,
The Dowse team


10am   Karakia begins followed by morning tea

11am   Artists Dr Areta Wilkinson (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha) , Professor Alan Preston and Pauline Bern in conversation with Gina Matchitt, (Te Arawa, Whakatōhea) 2019 Blumhardt Creative New Zealand Curatorial Intern

12pm   Special presentation by Professor Alan Preston & Dr Areta Wilkinson, Contemporary Jewellery Aotearoa New Zealand: Māori, Oceanic and International practices underpinning Fingers development of 40 years – revisiting their prestigious keynote presentation delivered at Schmuck in 2016.


Join us for a blessing, artist talk and a humorously provocative performance presentation to open The Dowse Art Museum’s latest exhibition, Ngā Hokohoko.

Ngā Hokohoko explores the kaupapa of hokohoko–exchange, trade, barter–within the contemporary jewellery community in Aotearoa.

Featuring some of the most innovative jewellers from the past 40 years, Ngā Hokohoko charts connections and contrasts in materials and pivotal influences such as mātauranga Māori and Pasifika adornment.

The exhibition includes the work of Pauline Bern, Matthew McIntyre-Wilson (Taranaki, Ngā Māhanga and Titahi), Neke Moa (Ngāti Kahungunu, Kāi Tahu, Ngāti Porou, Tūwharetoa),Professor Alan Preston, Joe Sheehan and Dr Areta Wilkinson (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha).

After a conversation between the jewellers and curator Gina Matchitt, renowned New Zealand jewellers Professor Alan Preston and Dr Areta Wilkinson will revisit their prestigious keynote presentation on cross cultural practice and the history of studio jewellery in Aotearoa, first delivered at the Schmuck international jewellery symposium in Munich, 2016.

Curated by Gina Matchitt (Te Arawa, Whakatōhea) 2019 Blumhardt/Creative New Zealand Curatorial Intern with thanks to the Blumhardt Foundation and Creative New Zealand.