Exhibition Opening and Talk

Saturday 21 March, 10am


Join us for a blessing, artist talk and a humorously provocative performance presentation to open The Dowse Art Museum’s latest exhibition, Ngā Hokohoko.

Ngā Hokohoko explores the kaupapa of hokohoko–exchange, trade, barter–within the contemporary jewellery community in Aotearoa.

Featuring some of the most innovative jewellers from the past 40 years, Ngā Hokohoko charts connections and contrasts in materials and pivotal influences such as mātauranga Māori and Pasifika adornment.

The exhibition includes the work of Pauline Bern, Matthew McIntyre-Wilson (Taranaki, Ngā Māhanga and Titahi), Neke Moa (Ngāti Kahungunu, Kāi Tahu, Ngāti Porou, Tūwharetoa),Professor Alan Preston, Joe Sheehan and Dr Areta Wilkinson (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha).

After a conversation between the jewellers and curator Gina Matchitt, renowned New Zealand jewellers Professor Alan Preston and Dr Areta Wilkinson will revisit their prestigious keynote presentation on cross cultural practice and the history of studio jewellery in Aotearoa, first delivered at the Schmuck international jewellery symposium in Munich, 2016.

Curated by Gina Matchitt (Te Arawa, Whakatōhea) 2019 Blumhardt/Creative New Zealand Curatorial Intern with thanks to the Blumhardt Foundation and Creative New Zealand.


The Dowse Blumhardt Gallery - Free

10am–Karakia begins followed by morning tea

11am–Artists Dr Areta Wilkinson (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha) , Professor Alan Preston and Pauline Bern in conversation with Gina Matchitt, (Te Arawa, Whakatōhea) 2019 Blumhardt Creative New Zealand Curatorial Intern.

12pm–Special presentation by Professor Alan Preston & Dr Areta Wilkinson, Contemporary Jewellery Aotearoa New Zealand: Māori, Oceanic and International practices underpinning Fingers development of 40 years – revisiting their prestigious keynote presentation delivered at Schmuck in 2016.


  • Free


  • Sat 21 Mar


  • 10:00 am


  • 45 Laings Road
  • Lower Hutt, New Zealand