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Exhibitions and Events

NZ Music Month 2019 at the Hocken Collections

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The Titans. Charles Studios photographers. From David MacDonald papers. Archives Collection, MS-4760/002, Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena, University of Otago.

Thursday 23 May, 1pm – 2pm
Exploring our musical worlds: Four fascinating research topics from University of Otago postgraduate students

Metitilani Alo: Otago Pacificana: O Le Folauga.
Sara Brown: Scotland's specialist music education: An ideal to aim for?
Louise Kewene-Doig: Māori experiences of the 1960s through The Māori Showband movement
Amanda Mills: The song remains the same? Remaking and reworking the popular song

Postgraduate students | Te Tumu, School of Maori, Pacific and Indigenous studies and School of Performing Arts (Music)


Thursday 30 May, 6pm
Shakedown! An evening of 60s bands - The Titans and the Catlins River Boys

Travel back to the sixties for a presentation celebrating local band culture, featuring recordings not heard for decades.

Amanda Mills, Curator Music and Audio-Visual, Hocken Collections; Dr David Murray, Archivist, Hocken Collections and guests


Hocken Music Month Display
See the display at the Hocken foyer celebrating the richness of Hocken’s diverse music-related collections. Opens in May, Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm.


All events held at:

Hocken Library Seminar Room
University of Otago, 90 Anzac Avenue
Admission: Free

For more information, phone: 03 479 8868

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Friends of the Hocken Collections Talk Series Programme

Wednesday 19th June, Seminar Room, Hocken Library

Refreshments at 5.15pm; Talk to follow:

In connection with the 150th Anniversary of the foundation of the University of Otago, Dr Warwick Brunton, Honorary Senior Lecturer, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine. His subject is:

‘If we have been extinguished, yet there rise a thousand beacons from the sparks we bore’: An Antipodean Appreciation of William Lauder Lindsay (1829-1880) and the establishment of the Otago Medical School.’

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Current Exhibition A Garden of Earthly Delights

11 May - 11 August 2019

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In addition to our normal hours, our gallery will be open for viewing our exhibition, A Garden of Earthly Delights, at 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. on Sunday, 2 June.

An immersive, experiential and sensory exhibition combining works of art and collection items drawn from the Hocken Collections, the University of Otago Library’s Special Collections, the Embellishment Collection and the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship Trust Collection, together with objects from other University of Otago research collections in Archaeology, Botany, Geology, the Health Sciences Library and the W. D. Trotter Anatomy Museum.

Designed to encourage an imaginative exploration of the relationships between the objects ‘A Garden of Earthly Delights’ celebrates 150 years of teaching, research, exploration, collecting and curiosity at the University of Otago, New Zealand’s first university.

Curated by Robyn Notman, Head Curator, Pictorial Collections, with assistance from 2008 Frances Hodgkins Fellow and artist Heather Straka with the support of collection specialists at the Hocken and across the University.

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