Immersive experience, life drawing, curator talk and musical performance

This Halloween, step foot into The Dowse as the sun goes down and prepare to uncover things a little strange...

Take a plunge into the dark in thrilling immersive experience, Werewolf. Gaze into the glassy eyes of forsaken taxidermy in a life drawing session with a dark twist or take a walk with Senior Curator Chelsea Nichols as she draws back the veil on some of the curious, fascinating and outright strange objects in The Dowse Collection. Hear indie-folk sibling trio, Womb, perform live, with food and drinks available for purchase throughout the night.


6.30pm Werewolf: Immersive performance experience by Binge Culture

….Anything can happen in the dark if you’re not paying attention. In Werewolf, Binge Culture plunges you into the dark in a new immersive theatre experience in which the audience and performers come together to make it through the night. Are you paying attention? CONTENT WARNING: This show contains flashing lights, loud noises, and unsettling content. Places are limited – be sure to book here.

7pm – 9pm Life and Death Drawing

Join educator and artist Alice Fennessy for a casual drop in life drawing session with a dark twist inspired by the forsaken taxidermy in Angela Singer: Second Sight.

7.30pm Curator-led tour of Lost Heads & Hobgoblins

Join newly appointed Senior Curator Dr Chelsea Nichols in an exploration of The Cabinet of Things That Are (Probably) A Little Bit Magical, The Directory of Dark and Mysterious Places and The Department of Lost & Found Heads. Please note - the management accept no responsibility for loss of heads.

8.15pm Womb

Indie-folk sibling trio, Womb, is a portal to the cosmos. Raised from the woodlands on a diet of folk and fantasy, the Te Whanganui-a-Tara-via-Illinois three-piece band is formed of Gemini twins Charlotte Forrester (vocals, guitar), Haz Forrester (synth) and their sister Georgette Brown (drums). Womb’s cosmic live performances transmute the conventions of lo-fi, dream pop, shoegaze and ambient into an ecstatic expression of their family connection.


  • Free


  • Thu 29 Oct


  • 6:00 pm — 10:00 pm


  • 45 Laings Road
  • Lower Hutt, New Zealand