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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 exhibitions

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

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

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 covers of recordings, 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 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, songwriters, and visual artists.

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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Upcoming exhibitions

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