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Presented as part of Threads Textile Festival, in partnership with Aotearoa Festival of The Arts

Hosted by The Dowse Art Museum, we will unravel the seam between textiles and contemporary art. Offering curated presentations from a range of influential local and international textiles figures, including iconic fashion designer Kate Sylvester, glittering New Zealand artist Reuben Paterson and conservator of textiles and weaver Dr Rangi Te Kanawa

Threads: Contemporary Art & Textiles Symposium will be available online here until the end of July.

View the full programme here


Karl Chitham (Ngā Puhi, Te Uriroroi)
Director, The Dowse Art Museum

Reuben Paterson (Ngāti Rangitihi, Ngāi Tūhoe, Tūhourangi)

Dr. Leslee Michelsen
Curator of Collections & Exhibitions, Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design, Honolulu

Dr Rangi Te Kanawa (Ngāti Maniapoto)
Conservator of Textiles and Weaver

Kate Sylvester
Designer & Director, Kate Sylvester

Dr Chelsea Nichols
Senior Curator, The Dowse Art Museum

‍Linda Waters
Conservator Paintings, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

‍Dr Bronwyn Lloyd
2021 Bumhardt Curator

‍Dr Fahima Saeid
Refugee Advocate

Zoe Black (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Hine, Pākehā)
Deputy Director, Objectspace

Evan Woodruffe
Artist, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

Ron Te Kawa (Ngāti Porou)
Artist, Woodville

Emerita Baik
Artist, Wellington


  • Fri 01 Jul — Sun 31 Jul


  • 12:00 am — 12:00 pm

The Dowse Art Museum