THE FRIENDS OF THE DOWSE

For 30 years the Friends of The Dowse have offered their support to New Zealand tertiary students through an Award scheme designed to encourage innovation and creativity specifically in the areas of design and craft. It is the leading national award in this area. We offer this to provide an opportunity for students to step into creative industries with a coveted award to their name, as well as gain financial assistance.

Entries are welcome in the fields of:

  • Lighting Design

  • Furniture and Product Design

  • Ceramics

  • Jewellery

  • Textile

  • Fashion.

For all entry requirements see our Terms & Conditions Page, and for Instructions on how to prepare your entry see our Entry Page. 

AWARDS

ECC Supreme Award $2,000

ECC People's Choice Award $1000

 

CATEGORY AWARDS

ECC Ltd Lighting Award $1,000

ECC Ltd Furniture & Product Design Award $1,000

Tuatara Ceramics Award $1,000

The Village Goldsmith Jewellery Award $1,000

Rembrandt Textile & Fashion Award $1,000.

 

10 x Highly Commended Certificates.

WHAT OUR JUDGES AND PARTNERS SAY ABOUT THE AWARDS

ANITA DYKES - ECC

The ECC NZ Student Craft / Design Awards are an avenue for students to present their designs to a wider audience outside the academic environment, and lets the design community see the student talent that is emerging. Also, students can see what other students in similar fields are developing. The judging provides positive reinforcement that their works are original, well-crafted and have a certain flair that will differentiate them in the market.

IAN DOUGLAS - The Village Goldsmith

The Village Goldsmith is proud to sponsor the ECC NZ Student Craft / Design Awards.. They foster creativity and innovation, and provide a valuable platform for students to showcase their talents in a manner that challenges their normal boundaries. The growth and protection of creativity and intellectual property is crucial to the future growth of our country, and the awards are an important tool in furthering that outlook. I was inspired being around other creative individuals whose passion for their own craft shone through, and also how their appreciation for design and craft covered all the medium.

TIM WIGMORE - Designtree

These awards are an opportunity for students to format their best work in a concise way, convey their design to a diverse panel of professionals and ultimately get great exposure and a helping hand with their professional practice. 

FEDERICO MONSALVE - Urbis

Awards like these are paramount in giving not just recognition but also validation to promising students at the very beginning of their careers. In creative sectors, these type of "second opinions" can make or break ideas and reassure young designers and makers that their machinations are indeed worth pursuing! 

JONATHON HALL - Rembrandt

The awards provide the opportunity for students to benchmark themselves against others and develop a network within the professional community.

THE DOWSE ART MUSEUM

The Dowse is a public art gallery where people can enjoy contemporary art and culture. Founded in 1971, The Dowse is based in Lower Hutt, New Zealand and houses a collection of over 2,000 items. To this day The Dowse continues to add to its collection with recent acquisitions revealing a contemporary focus that highlights key developments in New Zealand art, by artists of significance.

ABOUT FRIENDS OF THE DOWSE

Friends of The Dowse are greatly valued members of the extended Dowse family. Like all good friends, they are close to the action, working alongside the team as advocates for all things Dowse—and having a great time doing so.

Some of the benefits of becoming a Friend of The Dowse are:

  • online newsletters to keep you up to date with all the latest Friends news, exhibition openings, gallery events and insider info!
  • invitations to special exhibition events
  • visits organised to exhibitions and places of artistic interest (floor talks, private art collection visits, studio/gallery/architectural tours)
  • opportunities to volunteer or assist on special Dowse projects if you wish 
  • discounts from local businesses 
  • a chance to become more closely involved with The Dowse and like-minded people.

Find out more by visiting The Dowse website or by visiting The Dowse Art Museum.
Or visit our membership hub to see what events are on soon friendsofthedowse.nz