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Dive into The Dowse after-hours as we pump up the volume and pass the karaoke mic!

Dive into The Dowse in this after-hours exploration of our latest shows. In celebration of New Zealand Music Month, we’ll be pumping up the volume and passing the mic.

Sing your heart out in a karaoke contest hosted by artist Suzanne Tamaki (Māori Moving Image ki Te Awakairangi); Enjoy a drink while DJ Jamie Berry (Māori Moving Image ki Te Awakairangi) mixes up some home-grown beats; and seek a little guidance from Samuel Te Kani who will be giving tarot readings upstairs in Mark Schroder: Fortune Teller (No. 2) (Branch Office).

Stray into our galleries to discover a suite of new exhibitions including a major commission by Fiona Pardington: te whitinga o te pō; The Truth Is Out There – an exhibition of artists dealing with alien abduction as subject matter; immersive animation and soundscape in My River Goes With Me; all-encompassing optical experience in Janna van Hasselt: Chromaflage; comedic and absurd exploration of floppy forms in Droop; and Māori Moving Image ki Te Awakairangi, featuring five new moving image works set to classic Māori songs which tautoko the musicians’ advocacy for te reo and mātauranga Māori.


Wednesday May 25, 6 – 9pm

6pm - Exhibitions open, bar and tunes

6.30 – 7.30pm - Karaoke Contest, hosted by Suzanne Tamaki

6 – 9pm - Visit Samuel Te Kani for a tarot reading focused on work, money and careers

Also 6 – 9pm - Drop in freeform mark making and clay creation. Take inspiration from Janna van Hasselt: Chromaflage and make your own artwork.


  • Wed 25 May


  • 6:00 pm — 9:00 pm


  • 45 Laings Road
  • Lower Hutt, New Zealand