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Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story

09 Jul – 20 Nov 2022
Free

Warwick Freeman, Brooch, c. 1984. Collection of The Dowse Art Museum, gifted by Malcolm Harrison 1994.

Warwick Freeman, Brooch, c. 1984. Collection of The Dowse Art Museum, gifted by Malcolm Harrison 1994.

Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story (installation view) 2022, at The Dowse Art Museum. Photo Mark Tantrum.

Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story (installation view) 2022, at The Dowse Art Museum. Photo Mark Tantrum.

Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story (installation view) 2022, at The Dowse Art Museum. Photo Mark Tantrum.

Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story (installation view) 2022, at The Dowse Art Museum. Photo Mark Tantrum.

Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story (installation view) 2022, at The Dowse Art Museum. Photo Mark Tantrum.

Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story (installation view) 2022, at The Dowse Art Museum. Photo Mark Tantrum.

Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story (installation view) 2022, at The Dowse Art Museum. Photo Mark Tantrum.

Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story (installation view) 2022, at The Dowse Art Museum. Photo Mark Tantrum.

Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story (detail, Jane Dodd) 2022, at The Dowse Art Museum. The Judgeford Collection, photo Mark Tantrum.

Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story (detail, Jane Dodd) 2022, at The Dowse Art Museum. The Judgeford Collection, photo Mark Tantrum.

Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story (installation view) 2022, at The Dowse Art Museum. The Judgeford Collection, photo Mark Tantrum.

Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story (installation view) 2022, at The Dowse Art Museum. The Judgeford Collection, photo Mark Tantrum.

Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story (installation view) 2022, at The Dowse Art Museum. The Judgeford Collection, photo Mark Tantrum.

Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story (installation view) 2022, at The Dowse Art Museum. The Judgeford Collection, photo Mark Tantrum.

Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story (detail Jennifer Laracy) 2022, at The Dowse Art Museum. Collection of the artist, photo Mark Tantrum.

Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story (detail Jennifer Laracy) 2022, at The Dowse Art Museum. Collection of the artist, photo Mark Tantrum.

Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story (detail Jennifer Laracy) 2022, at The Dowse Art Museum. Smokers Private Collection, New Plymouth, photo Mark Tantrum.

Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story (detail Jennifer Laracy) 2022, at The Dowse Art Museum. Smokers Private Collection, New Plymouth, photo Mark Tantrum.

Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story (detail Lisa Walker) 2022, at The Dowse Art Museum. The Judgeford Collection, photo Mark Tantrum.

Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story (detail Lisa Walker) 2022, at The Dowse Art Museum. The Judgeford Collection, photo Mark Tantrum.

Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story (detail Frances Stachl and Anna Balasoglou) 2022, at The Dowse Art Museum. The Judgeford Collection, photo Mark Tantrum.

Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story (detail Frances Stachl and Anna Balasoglou) 2022, at The Dowse Art Museum. The Judgeford Collection, photo Mark Tantrum.

Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story (detail, Jennifer Laracy) 2022, at The Dowse Art Museum. The Judgeford Collection, photo Mark Tantrum.

Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story (detail, Jennifer Laracy) 2022, at The Dowse Art Museum. The Judgeford Collection, photo Mark Tantrum.

Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story (detail Neke Moa) 2022, at The Dowse Art Museum. The Judgeford Collection, photo Mark Tantrum.

Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story (detail Neke Moa) 2022, at The Dowse Art Museum. The Judgeford Collection, photo Mark Tantrum.

Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story (detail Neke Moa) 2022, at The Dowse Art Museum. Collection of the artist, photo Mark Tantrum.

Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story (detail Neke Moa) 2022, at The Dowse Art Museum. Collection of the artist, photo Mark Tantrum.

Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story (detail Elena Gee) 2022, at The Dowse Art Museum. Collection of Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, photo Mark Tantrum.

Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story (detail Elena Gee) 2022, at The Dowse Art Museum. Collection of Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, photo Mark Tantrum.

Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story (detail, Warwick Freeman) 2022, at The Dowse Art Museum. Collection of the artist, photo Mark Tantrum.

Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story (detail, Warwick Freeman) 2022, at The Dowse Art Museum. Collection of the artist, photo Mark Tantrum.

Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story (detail Ross Mitchell) 2022, at The Dowse Art Museum. Collection of the Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, photo Mark Tantrum.

Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story (detail Ross Mitchell) 2022, at The Dowse Art Museum. Collection of the Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, photo Mark Tantrum.

PĀUA: A CONTEMPORARY JEWELLERY STORY, 2022. BRIAN ADAM, PAPAGENO C1991, COLLECTION OF THE DOWSE ART MUSEUM. PHOTO MARK TANTRUM.

PĀUA: A CONTEMPORARY JEWELLERY STORY, 2022. BRIAN ADAM, PAPAGENO C1991, COLLECTION OF THE DOWSE ART MUSEUM. PHOTO MARK TANTRUM.

Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story (detail Areta Wilkinson), 2022, at The Dowse Art Museum. Collection of Natalie Robertson, photo Mark Tantrum.

Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story (detail Areta Wilkinson), 2022, at The Dowse Art Museum. Collection of Natalie Robertson, photo Mark Tantrum.

Whether its glimmering surface evokes nostalgia or cultural cringe, pāua is undeniably linked with the visual character of Aotearoa New Zealand. This exhibition reveals contemporary jewellers’ impressions of how a shell infiltrated our national psyche, exploring everything from its use in Māori whakairo rākau (carving) to its appearance in kiwiana and souvenir shops.

Dazzling and contemplative, Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story includes over seventy works from The Dowse, Auckland Museum, Te Papa and private collections. It also features pieces belonging to Hutt Valley local Wendy Judgeford, who commissions leading jewellers to explore what pāua means to them.

Artists in Pāua: A Contemporary Jewellery Story are Alan Preston, Anna Balasoglou, Areta Wilkinson, Brian Adam, Craig McIntosh, Elena Gee, Frances Stachl, Gina Matchitt, Inia Taylor, Jane Dodd, Jennifer Laracy, Jenny Pattrick, Karl Fritsch, Lisa Walker, Maca Bernal, Moniek Schrijer, Neke Moa, Owen Mapp, Pauline Bern, Paul Mason, Rangi Kipa, Ray Mitchell, Ross Malcolm, Roy Mason, Ruth Baird, Sandra Schmid, Sharon Fitness, Vanessa Arthur and Warwick Freeman.