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Suburban Dreams


Wed 25 May 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Thu 26 May 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 27 May 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 28 May 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 29 May 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: The Dowse Art Museum, 45 Laings Rd, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: dowse

The dream of the nuclear family in a brand new house on a quarter acre might be getting harder to reach but the suburban dream still shapes our national identity. After all, from J-ville to Stokes Vegas, most of us call the suburbs our home. Suburban Dreams explores the place of suburbia in our lives, finding significance and complexity in the commonplace.

This group exhibition includes an iconic Ian Scott painting that idealises the 1970s New Zealand family, contrasted with bittersweet reflection in a film from the same period by the late Joanna Margaret Paul that explores the traps of suburban life in Thorndon. Humour is found in an ironic presentation of stately homes in 1990s Churton Park by Murray Hewitt, along with a celebration of the antics of twenty-first century teens in Wainuiomata by Tim Barlow.

Suburban Dreams asserts that, while suburbia might feel boring at times, it’s a safe place to express yourself, rebel and dream of a world beyond. Challenging stereotypes, Suburban Dreams considers the hopes and difficulties we experience in the places we find ourselves living in.

Other artists in Suburban Dreams include Gabrielle Amodeo, Susannah Bridges, Steve Carr, Derrick Cherrie, Ruth Cleland, Glen Hayward, Gina Matchitt, John Lake, Kerry Ann Lee, Richard Orjis, Joe Sheehan, Kate Small, Yvonne Todd and Robin White.