Exhibitions + Events

Unhinged: Opening the Door to the Dowse Collection

Mar 25 2023 – Aug 20 2023
Paul Rayner, Ken & Ken 2004. Collection of The Dowse Art Museum, purchased 2004.

Paul Rayner, Ken & Ken 2004.
Collection of The Dowse Art Museum, purchased 2004.

25 Mar - 20 Aug 2023

Flying tricycles, a pyramid of cats and a rainbow of ceramics; some of what you can discover in this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Featuring over 1000 items from the Dowse art collection, this exhibition is an opportunity to explore some familiar favourites alongside forgotten treasures. Unhinged includes peculiar peeks into the most remarkable corners of the collection like bedazzling ballet costumes, playful paintings and exquisite contemporary glass.

This delightfully eccentric show offers new ways to access and encounter the collection. You can simply wander each space in your own time absorbing the curious combinations or you can follow one of our customised tours designed to uncover some of the more intriguing objects and their fascinating stories. Prepare to be enchanted, baffled and surprised.

This exhibition is part of a major project to refurbish our collection storage spaces that will help us to care for our collection into the future. We will be saying goodbye to this exhibition in sections so that we can safely place our nearly 3500 items into their new home with all the love and attention they deserve. 

'Everything, Everywhere, All at Once' and 'More Than Just Brown Pots' will have their last day on July 23.

'Collections Conundrums' closing  July 30.

The rest of the Unhinged exhibition will continue until August 20.