• Mary-Louise Browne

Occupying The Dowse courtyard with an unexpected sign that instructs us to think big: Mary-Louise Browne explores the peculiarities of language, while also paying tribute to former Dowse Director James Mack (Galvan Kepler Macnamara 1941-2004), who employed her in her first gallery role at The Dowse 40 years ago.

Mary-Louise Browne is an established artist who has exhibited across Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally. Working with words as one of her primary mediums, she is recognised for her major public sculptures including the stone staircase Body to Soul (1996) in Wellington’s Botanical Gardens and the granite bench Byword (2007) in Lorne Street, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Browne graduated with a Master of Fine Arts (first class honours) from the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland in 1982, and has also maintained a career in the gallery sector, including her role as the inaugural director of Artspace Aotearoa (1986 – 1989).  Browne is represented in major public collections including Auckland Art Gallery, The Chartwell Collection, The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Te Papa, The National Library, The Dowse and The Suter.

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  • 45 Laings Road
  • Lower Hutt, New Zealand