October 16, 2017
Wahine Maori strengthen Dowse collection
Lower Hutt’s Dowse Art Museum has decided it needs to strengthen its collection of work by women and Maori artists.
Director Courtney Johnston says while it only has a limited budget, it tries to ensure the collection reflects the country’s artistic heritage accurately and thoughtfully.
This year’s acquisitions included a selection of photographs from an exhibition by Ngatiwai and Ngapuhi artist Ngahuia Harrison, jeweler Neke Moa’s Mauri Stones, and a sculptural work by Ngai Tahu-Samoan artist Lonnie Hutchinson that featured in her 2015 Black Bird survey exhibition.
Ms Johnston says each work is of outstanding quality and relevance, and tells a distinct artistic and social story.
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