Cats ‘n Dogs – An Illustrated History at Toitū

Press Release – Dunedin City Council

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Cats ‘n Dogs – An Illustrated History

Dunedin (Friday, 30 January 2014) – Toitū Otago Settlers Museum is calling for your favourite cat and dog images to be part of a new exhibition.

‘Cats ‘n Dogs – An Illustrated History’ will explore the social history of dogs and cats in Dunedin primarily using images from Toitū OSM’s archives.

“The idea for the exhibition started from our archives as often when exploring our images we find cats or dogs present in many photos. They are interwoven into everyday life then and now,” says Exhibition Developer, William McKee.

The exhibition will showcase, through photographs, the evolving role of these four legged creatures over time, as well as examining the environmental impacts of them on our community. New Zealand environmentalists, including outspoken philanthropist Gareth Morgan, will give their views on future cat and dog control.

Mr McKee says, “The exhibition will particularly cover the role canine and feline friends have played in Dunedin – from their evolution as working animals to the companionship and bonds formed between them and humans.”

As part of the exhibition Toitū OSM is asking the community to send in images of their pets from 26 January-1 August 2015. Selected photos from those submitted will then be chosen to be incorporated into the exhibition.

“We are making it a bit more of a fun exhibition and we want the community to be part of it by showcasing the paw marks these creatures have left on our lives and city,” says Mr McKee.

If you are interested in submitting images of your pet you can find more details at www.toituosm.com/catsndogs.

The exhibition will open on 30 May and will be displayed until 6 September 2015.


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