The sleek and contemporary stainless steel facade of the Len Lye Centre. Photo by Patrick Reynolds

The sleek and contemporary stainless steel facade of the Len Lye Centre. Photo by Patrick Reynolds

New Plymouth: City Guide - Destinations Magazine

10 May 2017

To visit New Plymouth is to be inspired. Its vibrant arts and cultural scene, impressive selection of lively bars and eateries and teeming events calendar are matched with refreshingly friendly locals.

New Plymouth has a well established arts scene, largely due to the modern art pioneer Monica Brewster, who founded the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Her friendship with artist Len Lye resulted in the construction of the Len Lye Centre, a gallery entirely dedicated to Lye’s life and work — namely his famous kinetic sculptures — but also sketch work, painting, poetry and his other passion for which he is famous: film-making. The striking building has been a significant architectural addition to New Plymouth, it’s highly reflective exterior acting as a mirror to those outside.

Due to a strengthening relationship with local iwi (Maori community) New Plymouth’s arts and cultural scene often reflects this; Puke Ariki (a museum and library integrated with a visitor information centre) houses an impressive collection of Maori taonga (artefacts) as well as acting as a platform for local Maori artists to showcase their work.

Exploring this city’s streets is a rewarding exercise; walls are adorned with eye-catching street art and unassuming entranceways reveal hidden gems. Tucked away in a central city loft, The Virtue is the creative brainchild of Brooke Lean and Gina Fabish and comprises an artistic photography gallery, design store and the co-founders’ bridal studio

Nearby, Kina NZ Design + Artspace, a contemporary art gallery displays ‘one-off objects of inspiration’ by both established and emerging New Zealand artists.

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