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Explore art through play in Toi Hut, a new whānau space at The Dowse

Author: Arpi Dutta, Communications Manager

The Dowse Art Museum has opened its new whānau space, Toi Hut, to the public. This new and improved space is a custom-made area for families to learn, play, and explore art.

Photo by Mark Tantrum

Photo by Mark Tantrum

Photo by Mark Tantrum

Photo by Mark Tantrum

Photo by Mark Tantrum

Photo by Mark Tantrum

Toi Hut is a dedicated space, carefully designed to support the development of a child’s creativity. “This redesigned family space is an on-going collaboration between our education team and local tamariki,” says Catherine Bennett, Lead Educator at The Dowse.

“Toi Hut invites everyone to look at our exhibitions in new ways, get hands-on with art making activities, and discover the wonderful and curious taonga in The Dowse collection.”

Toi Hut is filled with activities that help tamariki think about the process of being an artist, about making and creating. It provides activities that are suitable for tamariki from infants through to primary school ages. Throughout the space there will be various immersive activities to help young visitors make connections to current exhibitions and artworks in The Dowse Collection.

“Toi Hut is a wonderful way to make the museum accessible to all family members,” explains Karl Chitham, Director of The Dowse. “We want everyone in the whānau to visit and explore art through play.”

Toi Hut is now open daily from 10am to 5pm.

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