Stars start falling
Stars start falling brings together existing and newly commissioned works by Teuane Tibbo, Ani O’Neill and Salome Tanuvasa, many seen here in public for the first time.
A space to dream, a space to remember, a space to work, a space to make connections. Stars start falling brings together work that examines processes of memory, learning, and knowledge as responses to the artists’ engagement with the everyday and the extraordinary.
Dale Harding: There is no before
There is no before, is the first solo exhibition by Dale Harding in Aotearoa / New Zealand.
Combining contemporary art, cultural practices and working with materials redolent of the land itself, Dale Harding, who is of Bidjara, Gungalu and Garingbal, Indigenous Australian descent, presents an exhibition that is evocative of place – the landscapes within Queensland’s central highlands that he belongs to.
Len Lye: Wand Dance
One of Len Lye’s most captivating projects returns.
The recently reconstructed Wand Dance presents seven Bell Wands swaying, shaking and shimmying in a group composition – a tell-tale sign of Lye's mind at work where bigger is often better. Walking among the seven wands, you will experience one of Lye's most absorbing projects, surrounded by his dancing figures as if inside a dance itself.
Len Lye Tangibles: 1963 - 1969
Tangibles: 1963-1969 is the second of two exhibitions presenting a chronological overview of Lye’s kinetic sculpture.
This exhibition presents some of Lye’s most well-known and acclaimed tangibles, Universe and Storm King with lesser known examples such as the recently reconstructed Wand Dance and Albatross.
Raewyn Martyn with Jess Charlton: Paint over, use again
View a new commission by Raewyn Martyn in the Open Window Gallery on Queen Street, New Plymouth.
Raewyn Martyn creates site-specific and site-responsive paintings that change over time, and challenge the conventional stability and temporality of painting as an artistic practice.
Cinema Italiano Film Festival 2021
Thu 17 Jun - Sun 27 Jun 2021 — Len Lye Centre Cinema
We are proud to launch the return of the Cinema Italiano Programme in 2021 to cinemas across the country - combining as always the best in contemporary Italian cinema with masterpieces from Italy's rich cinematic tradition.
Fri 18 Jun 21 — Len Lye Centre Cinema
Herself is led by acclaimed director Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia!, The Iron Lady) and emerging Irish actor Clare Dunne, who plays Sandra, and is widely known for her theatre work, including Lloyd’s all-female stage version of Shakespeare’s Henry IV.
L’uomo che Comprò La Luna / The Man Who Bought The Moon
Fri 18 Jun 21 — Len Lye Centre Cinema
A Sardinian fisherman has promised the moon to the woman he loves. And Sardinian men always keep their promises.
Odio L’Estate / I Hate Summer
Fri 18 Jun 21 — Len Lye Centre Cinema
Three families end up in the same rented house. Throughout the summer, they become friends and rediscover how to enjoy life.
Session I: Making rounds, spirals and tubes
Sat 19 Jun 21 — Todd Energy Learning Centre
Learn simple crochet skills with Stars start falling exhibiting artist Ani O’Neill. Make your own circular objects: hats, cup-cosies, placemats, pot plant holders, baskets, bottle holders, finger puppets, flowers, etc.
A suite of five new exhibitions opens at the Govett-Brewster
The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre opens its winter exhibition suite on Saturday 22 May with five new exhibitions: Stars start falling: Teuane Tibbo, Ani O’Neill and Salome Tanuvasa; Dale Harding: There is no before; Len Lye: Tangibles 1963 – 1969; Len Lye: Wand Dance; and Raewyn Martyn with Jess Charlton: Paint over, use again.
Aspects of Govett-Brewster Collection on show in Christchurch
If you’re in Christchurch before 25 July, make sure you catch the stunning exhibition Ralph Hotere: Ātete (to resist) currently on show at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū.
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.
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.