Join The Dowse to celebrate the opening of three brilliant new shows with a day of artist talks.

11am: In Russ Flatt: te ahua, te wa, te atea, the Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland-based photographer presents video and still images exploring wāhi tapu (sacred sites) in Heretaunga Hastings. Featuring state of the art point cloud technology this installation takes you on a moving journey through the landscapes and complex histories that have come as a result of colonisation. The imagery shifts from real time contemporary portraits of places and people to ethereal renderings suggesting an otherworldly realm.

12pm: Yvonne Todd: Brides sees the renowned artist revisit the early days of her career working as a wedding photographer in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland in the 1990s. Shot on location in derelict outdoor wedding locations, Todd infuses the conventional bridal portrait with her signature elixir of eeriness and elegance, hinting at creepy archaic rituals that sit uneasily within the modern wedding album.

1pm: Combining two of his loves – paintings and jugs - Paul Maseyk has made over 60 jugs modelled from the jugs seen in New Zealand paintings that he’s found by sifting through collections, magazines, and across the internet. Jugs in New Zealand Painting brings together some of these paintings from collections around Aotearoa, spanning a wide art-historical canon, from Colin McCahon to Joanna Margaret Paul; Frances Hodgkins to Francis Upritchard; Edith Collier to Milan Mrkusich.


  • Free


  • Sat 18 May


  • 2:00 pm


  • 45 Laings Road
  • Lower Hutt, New Zealand