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Firing Up: Ceramics and the Hamilton Motor Cycle Club

28 Nov 2020 to 8 Feb 2021
10 am – 5 pm
In 'Firing Up' you can see a selection of works purchased using funds gifted by the Club during the 1970s and learn a little about the history of Hamilton’s ‘motorcycle grand prix’.
Event type: 
Art, Craft
Price: 
Free
Venue: 
Waikato Museum
Address: 
1 Grantham Street Hamilton
Region: 
Waikato

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In the 1920s motorcycle riding was the pastime of the well-heeled adventurer. By the 1960s this had all changed. Riding became associated with youthful counter-culture: hippies and ruffians ruled the roads.

Were Hamilton Motor Cycle Club members ruffians, hippies, or well-heeled adventurers? And why did they assist with the purchase of ceramics for the Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
collection?

In Firing Up you can see a selection of works purchased using funds gifted by the Club during the 1970s - including Barry Brickell’s ‘Cylindrical Pots’ - and learn a little about the history of Hamilton’s
‘motorcycle grand prix’.

This exhibition is curated in honour of the centenary of the Hamilton Motor Cycle Club.

 

Image: Barry Brickell, Cylindrical Pots, 1976. Purchased with assistance from the Hamilton Motorcycle Club. Collection of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato.

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Waikato Museum - Te Whare Taonga o Waikato

26 Nov 2020

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