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Exhibitions and Events

Regular tours at the Hocken

A rear view: Behind the scenes tours
Every Thursday at 11am (tours are 50 mins).

Join one of our friendly guides and learn about the Hocken. Check out the amazing materials in our archives, ephemera, maps, music/AV, photographs, pictures and published collections. Bookings not required. Limit of 10 people per tour. Tour starts at Hocken reception.

What’s in store? Art! - not currently offered
First Saturday of each month at 11am-12pm.

Did you know that the Hocken has one of this country’s most important collections of modern and historic New Zealand art including works by leading artists such as Rita Angus, Ralph Hotere, Robin White and Colin McCahon? Hocken staff will take you into the pictures store-rooms to see some of these art treasures. Bookings are required: Tel 03 479 8868. Limit of 10 people per tour. Tour starts at Hocken reception

Tours only available at Covid Level 1

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Upcoming talks

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Current exhibition

Hone Papita Raukura ‘Ralph’ Hotere [Te Aupōuri] (1931–2013 ) "Rain" banners

Monday–Saturday 10am–5pm, Hocken Foyer (upper level), all visitors welcome

Marilynn Webb [Ngāti Kahu, Te Roroa] (1937–2021) Aramoana Fossil series, 1980

Monday–Saturday 10am–5pm, Hocken Foyer (upper level), all visitors welcome

Pōkai Whenua, Pōkai Moana

Kapuka Taumahaka
Bridget Reweti (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi), Kāpukataumāhaka 1, 2021, stereoscopic C-Type on photorag, courtesy of the artist.

2020/2021 Frances Hodgkins Fellowship exhibition.

Monday 16 August – Saturday 30 October 2021

Pōkai Whenua, Pōkai Moana references the many names of a Tamatea, a principle ancestor within Takitimu whakapapa. This exhibition by Tauranga Moana artist Bridget Reweti, the 2021/22 Frances Hodgkins Fellow, situates lands and waters as the main protagonist. Employing lens and light based processes from large format and stereoscopic photography to digital moving image, the works focus on lands and waters as known, named and implicitly possessing long-held Māori narratives. An illustrated publication with several short essays will be produced as part of this project and will be the first major monograph about the artist.

The Hocken Gallery will be closed between Monday 1 November – Friday 3 December 2021 for the next exhibition change-over.

Upcoming exhibitions

Kaleidoscope World: Forty Years of Flying Nun

'The original collage'. Ian Dalziel. Hocken Pictures V2015.14.1Ian Dalziel, (b.1957), The Original Collage, 1991, collage and ink on paper, 135 x 135mm, Hocken Collections Uare Taoka o Hākena, University of Otago, V2015.14.1. Given by Warwick Eade, 2015. Part of the artwork Commissioned for Flying Nun Records, on the occasion of their 10th anniversary.

A celebration of 40 years of ‘Flying Nun’ and the Dunedin musicians associated with the label, featuring items from across all Hocken’s collections with the majority of exhibited materials coming from the Music and Posters collections.

Saturday 4 December 2021 – Saturday 19 March 2022

This exhibition includes singles covers and posters, ephemera, archives, photographs, artwork and publications relating to ‘Flying Nun’ and the ‘Dunedin Sound’, primarily drawn from the Hocken’s collection, complemented by iconic loans from private collections. Moving image of band performances and a gallery space devoted to women musicians in Flying Nun bands in Dunedin, notably Look Blue Go Purple will be combined with a foray into the contemporary context of music in Dunedin, emphasizing the continuum of musical production in Dunedin and the notable output of female musicians.

New design work commissioned from musician and artist Robert Scott will feature in the exhibition and form the graphic identity for ‘Kaleidoscope World’. A series of public programmes is also envisaged and currently under development.

Curated by Amanda Mills, Hocken Liaison Librarian, Curator Music and AV; and Katherine Milburn, Hocken Liaison Librarian, Curator Ephemera.

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