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About the exhibition

Featuring skeletal sculptures by autistic artist, Sonja Howard, Impossible Things is a celebration of the infinite possibilities of evolution, imagination, and the eternal beauty of the natural world.

The sculptures in this exhibition are created by combining the remains of different species, similar to the "mermaids" of humbugs past, and the dinosaurs-made-dragons that have led to countless legends all over the world.

Artworks will be available for purchase at the exhibition. Prints, cards, and jewellery will also be available.


We want this exhibition to be accessible to as many people as possible! Please let us know if there is anything we can do to improve your experience. 

There will be:

  • Wheelchair accessible entrance, gallery layout, and bathrooms. 

  • A NZSL sign-interpreter has been confirmed for the opening night speeches. 

  • Sensory accessible hours: 10-11am and 4-5pm every day. During this time there will be no music, hushed voices encouraged, earplugs available, and potentially adjusted lighting (we are looking into it). 

  • Some artwork which can be experienced by touch (hand sanitiser provided). 

When and Where

Date:           24th-30th January, 2022

Location:   Thistle Hall Gallery,                     

                    293 Cuba Street, Te Aro,

                    Wellington 6011
Opening:   6pm Monday 24th

Times:        10am-7pm Tuesday-Saturday
                    10am- 4pm Sunday

Daily talks: 12pm and 6pm Tues-Sat

PLEASE NOTE: Thistle Hall requires all attendees to present a vaccine passport upon entry. Masks are also highly encouraged. 

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What do you mean by "Ethically Sourced"?

All pieces in this exhibition have been ethically and legally sourced and treated with the utmost respect - no animals were harmed for the purpose of these artworks. They were either found dead (road kill, natural causes, or predation), or a part of pest control efforts to protect native wildlife. This artwork is intended as a celebration of their life and beauty. 

I can personally account for the origins of every specimen, and details on the origins of each piece will be available in the exhibition. All remains are treated with the utmost respect. 

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