We have a new Director

Author: Alex Grace, Communications and Relationships Manager

The Dowse Art Museum is thrilled to welcome Karl Chitham (Nga Puhi) as our new Director. He will take up his new role early January 2019.

Karl comes to The Dowse from Tauranga Art Gallery where he spent three years as Director.

About his new role, Karl said, “I’m excited to bring my dedication to artistic excellence, collaboration and audience engagement to my new role. The Dowse is an important and exciting member of the Lower Hutt and contemporary art communities and I look forward to building on its successes and strengths.”

The Dowse currently has a full program of exhibitions and events scheduled including SOLO 2018 which brings together new art by local artists: Andrew Beck, Deanna Dowling, Sonya Lacey, Dave Marshall, Matthew McIntyre-Wilson and Annie McKenzie. Full details of our upcoming exhibitions can be found here.

The Dowse team is looking forward to welcoming Karl in the new year.

Karl Chitham Biography

Karl Chitham (Nga Puhi) is currently the Director and Curator of Tauranga Art Gallery, Toi Tauranga and has previously held curatorial roles at Rotorua Museum, Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa, University of Waikato, Whakatane Museum & Gallery and Objectspace.

He has a Master’s Degree in Sculpture from Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University and has been involved in the arts in New Zealand in a variety of roles for over 15 years. Chitham has been involved in a number of awards most recently as a judge in the upcoming Occam New Zealand Book Awards. He was also the judge of the 2018 Wanganui Review, a selector of the Headlands Sculpture on the Gulf, Waiheke and judge of the National Youth Art Awards. He has been a lecturer at tertiary level and prior to that was a secondary school teacher for 6 years.

Recent writing projects have included catalogue essay Tears of Tawhirimatea for Toi Mauri: Contemporary Carving by Todd Couper and Making a Stand for a (very) brief history of Aotearoa, Kereama Taepa’s four plinths project in Wellington. Other recent curatorial projects have included ART LOVES YOU – an interactive art experience for all the senses, White Rainbow curated for RAMP Gallery Hamilton and Children of Mallarme: Fashion, Art & Collaboration co-curated with Dr Peter Shand.

Tauranga Art Gallery media release

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