Sugar Babes

Feed Me, 2015, Rachel Maclean.

9.30am Monday 17 May

Free | Book via Eventbrite

A change of scene for parents and caregivers; bring the baby in the buggy or front pack and join us for a tour of Candy Coated with Senior Curator Dr. Chelsea Nichols, followed by a complimentary morning tea.

From skull lollipops to disaster-inflected dessert commercials, this exhibition features a fascinating pick ‘n mix of artworks by contemporary international and Aotearoa-based artists who play with an aesthetic of sugary to explore dark and unsettling things that lurk beneath the candy-coated surface.

Candy Coated is part of The Dowse’s 50th Anniversary programme. Since its founding in 1971, The Dowse has demonstrated a strong tradition of bringing wide-ranging international art practices to local audiences. In the first decade alone, this included exhibitions on Russian art, Japanese ikebana, Australian Aboriginal art, and the photographs of American artist Diane Arbus (1979). More recently, exhibitions of international artists have included To The Moon: Laurie Anderson and Hsin-Chien Huang (2020) and The Language of Things: Meaning and Value in Contemporary Jewellery (2018).