Here at The Dowse Art Museum we have one of New Zealand's best
collections of contemporary jewellery.
We are kaitiaki of an extraordinary variety of objects made from
many unexpected materials - from Chux cloth crowns to black rubber
wreathes. It's a well-used collection, in high demand for
exhibitions here and around Aotearoa. We love our collection and
are asking for your donations so that we can ensure that these
objects can be admired, studied and displayed for decades to
Our current storage is an adequate C+, but these works deserve A+
treatment. The cabinets we are using date back to the origins of
the collections itself in the 1970's and they have done their dash.
It's time to modernize and improve the conditions for our special
contemporary jewellery collection. That's why we're asking for your
help. We're a small and busy team here at The Dowse, and as in many
small arts institutions, a special project like this is above and
beyond our usual means. To take great care of these precious
objects we need your support.
We will use your donations to build a new home for our
contemporary jewellery. This will help protect our collection from
deterioration, and keep it safe well into the future. It will make
the collection safer when artists and researchers use it in between
the times the pieces are put on display.
Your donations will be used to pay for skilled museum collection
specialists to come and create the custom-fitted nests and supports
that will keep the pieces safe and sound for years to come.
The generous Dowse Foundation has offered to match your donations.
That means if you give us $10 we get $20! And when we reach our
$5,000 goal we will receive the matching $5,000 from The Dowse
Foundation and you can feel doubly good about the support you give
Please, give what you can. Your donations will help us
safeguard the work of Aotearoa's contemporary jewellers for
generations to come.