Len Lye: Sky Snakes
Never seen before, Len Lye's Sky Snake in installation of seven swirling Sky Snakes.
A new large-scale kinetic sculpture from the Len Lye Foundation and Team Zizz!
Sky Snake is a dancing kinetic sculpture. A rotating, spinning chain creates harmonic wave patterns or figures familiar to Lye's other works, and traveling waves that move up and down the chain. A brass ball at the bottom end of the chain represents the head of a snake.
Wed 12 May 21 — Len Lye Centre Cinema
In a bid to save the last of his family, Gutjuk, a young Aboriginal man, teams up with ex-soldier Travis to track down Baywara, the most dangerous warrior in the Territory, his uncle.
James & Isey
Wed 12 May 21 — Len Lye Centre Cinema
Genuine New Zealand treasures Isey and James invite us into their lives in the week leading up to Isey’s 100th birthday! Florian Habicht, the director of Kaikohe Demolition, captures a Northland celebration of life and aroha like no other.
Thu 13 May 21 — Len Lye Cinema
A widowed New York socialite and her aimless son move to Paris after she spends the last of her husband's inheritance.
Judas and the Black Messiah
Thu 13 May 21 — Len Lye Centre Cinema
The story of Fred Hampton, Chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party, and his fateful betrayal by FBI informant William O'Neal.
With an stunning performance from Daniel Kaluuya Winner of the Best Support Actor Award at the 2021 Academy Awards.
Fri 14 May 21 — Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre
Talks for older people keen for a regular dose of art and culture.
Assistant Curator Contemporary Art and Collections
The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and Len Lye Centre are offering an exciting opportunity to join our team in the role of Assistant Curator Contemporary Art and Collections.
Tai Moana Tai Tangata: A Taranaki Tribal Perspective
Tai Moana Tai Tangata – A Taranaki Tribal Perspective is a five-part speaker series extending on the themes of Tai Moana Tai Tangata, bringing a Taranaki lens to continue the exhibition’s narrative.
A Taranaki Art Adventure at the Auckland Art Fair
We're at the Fair
The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre and a number of Taranaki’s top attractions have teamed up with the Auckland Art Fair 2021 as its exclusive Museum Partner.
We’ll be presenting Len Lye’s iconic kinetic sculpture Big Blade outside the main entrance to the Fair on Auckland’s Waterfront from 24-28 February 2021, thanks to John and Lynda Matthews and Technix Industries.
To celebrate our partnership with the Auckland Art Fair, we’re offering an exclusive Taranaki Art Adventure package to Fair-goers.
New artwork by Maioha Kara celebrates the changing of the seasons
What was, what is and what will come.
5 December 2020 – 15 March 2021
A new artwork installed in the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery’s street-facing Window Gallery celebrates the change of the seasons from spring to summer and investigates the cyclical patterns of our internal and external environments.
The architecture of war and language of memorials
Tai Moana Tai Tangata
5 December 2020 – 2 May 2021
A major installation of new artworks by Brett Graham, (Ngāti Koroki Kahukura, Tainui) at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre, tells a cautionary tale of human endeavour.
An offsite exhibition of new work by Meg Porteous: Germinal centre
'Germinal centre' is the outcome of Meg Porteous’ digital residency with the Govett-Brewster, which has had a focus on two key photographic genres: the family photograph and the stock image.
Gallery Director Announced
Dr Zara Stanhope has been announced by New Plymouth District Council as the next director of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre.
Lens On Lye
Lens on Lye: Guest Spotlight on the pioneering artist and experimental filmmaker
Artists, experts, scholars, specialists and Len Lye film fans share their insights on the artist and filmmaker in this fortnightly series, Lens on Lye, inspired by the current exhibition The Absolute Truth of the Happiness Acid (6 Jun — 1 Nov 2020).
For our latest spotlight on Len Lye, jazz and visual media scholar Dr Nicolas Pillai, discusses Lye's synchronisation of music to the burst and swirls of colour in his direct films.
COVID-19 - Alert Level 2
Kia ora koutou,
Following the Government’s announcement on the COVID-19 alert levels, and for the safety of our audiences, artists, staff and community, the Govett Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre will be moving into Alert Level 2 from midday today.
Read on to find out about the changes we have put in place, in order to remain open safely.
Please check our website for updates.
Challenging notions of migration, race and border: new exhibition suite at The Govett-Brewster
The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre continues to lead contemporary art with its latest exhibition suite.
Lens on Lye
Artists, experts, scholars, specialists and Len Lye film fans share their insights on the artist and filmmaker in this fortnightly series, Lens on Lye, inspired by the current exhibition 'The Absolute Truth of the Happiness Acid' (6 Jun — 1 Nov 2020).
This week’s blog comes from artist Anouk De Clercq, who transforms Len Lye’s lively, energetic scratch film 'Free Radicals' into poetic language, which seeks to create bodily empathy.
Candice Lin Speaks to Radio New Zealand's Standing Room Only
Ahead of their exhibition opening this Saturday 8 August, LA-based artist Candice Lin discusses how the themes in her collection, which looks at the history of plagues, viruses and blame, have been made uncannily relevant by current global events, on RNZ's Standing Room Only programme.
Uneven Bodies (Reader)
Uneven Bodies (Reader) is a comprehensive collection of writing produced as an outcome of a symposium of the same name held in Aotearoa New Zealand in early 2020 that addresses the politics of collections today and the complex terrain of power in which this conversation sits.