The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre has hosted a successful residency programme since 1995, inviting artists and curators from Aotearoa and beyond to stay in Ngāmotu to develop new work.

Artists in Residence

The New Zealand Artist in Residence runs yearly across three months, while the International Artist in Residence runs in alternate years and is for one to three months’ duration.

Both programmes support a full range of professional practice, including dedicated time and space for new production, commissions for new projects and/or publications, and exhibition opportunities. Networking and exchange with local artists, curatorial staff and the public are enabled through collaboration, talks and visits to other main centres and institutions in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Example outputs from past residencies include the production of artist monographs, site-specific installations, exhibitions and lecture circuits.

Curators in Residence

Our International Curator in Residence programme was established in 2013 and generally runs in alternate years for one month. Initial residencies focused on connecting the work of Len Lye with the international film community, through a focused Film Curator in Residence, managed by Len Lye Curator Paul Brobbel. More recently, Curators in Residence have had a wider focus on the issues and content relevant to the Gallery, its programme and its audiences.

Both residencies make an important contribution to the Gallery and its story, enabling us to extend and elevate our programming and production, and to actively engage with the national and global art and curatorial communities.

We gratefully acknowledge the ongoing support of Creative New Zealand in our ability to offer the residencies, which have been delivered in partnership with the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT).

All residency programmes are by invitation only.

This project is supported by Creative New Zealand and NPDC.

Aotearoa / New Zealand and International Artists in Residence:

Alex Monteith (NZ), 2022
Edith Amituanai (NZ, Samoa), 2022
Yona Lee (NZ), 2021
Meg Porteous (NZ), 2021
Sorawit Songstataya (NZ), 2021
Brett Graham (NZ), 2019
Nicolás Paris (Colombia), 2019 
Yuichiro Tamura (Japan), 2018
Sriwhana Spong (NZ/UK), 2018
Ruth Buchanan (Berlin/NZ), Dec 2015 - Mar 2016
Anthony McCall (UK/US), Jan 2015
Reuben Paterson (NZ), 2013 - 2014
Shilpa Gupta (India), 2011
Maddie Leach (NZ), 2011 - 2012
Allan Sekula (US), 2011 
Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan (Australia), Feb - Mar 2010
Dane Mitchell (NZ), 4 Oct - 20 Dec 2010
Fiona Jack (NZ), Dec 2009 - Feb 2010
Jin Jiangbo (China), Jun - Jul 2009 
Javier Téllez (Venezuela), Jan - Mar 2009 
Liz Allan (NZ), Oct - Dec 2008
Jayce Salloum (Canada), Feb - Mar 2008
Francis Upritchard (NZ/UK), Dec 2007 - Mar 2008
Gabriel Kuri (Mexico), Nov - Dec 2006
David Hatcher (NZ/US), Jul - Oct 2006
Saskia Leek (NZ), Oct - Dec 2005
Lee Bul (Korea), Jun - Sep 2005
Ann Shelton (NZ), Dec 2004 - Feb 2005
Noboru Tsubaki (Japan), 2004
Mladen Bizumic (Serbia/NZ), Jul - Sep 2003
Sam Durant (US), July 2003
Brendon Wilkinson (NZ), Jul - Sep 2002
Pae White (US), Jul - Aug 2002
Joyce Campbell (NZ), Jul - Aug 2001
Peter Robinson (NZ), Jan - Feb 2001
Jessica Bronson (US), Oct - Dec 2000
Mike Stevenson (NZ/Germany) and Steven Brower (US), Mar - May 2000
Domenico de Clario (Italy/Australia), Nov 1998 - Jan 1999
Esther Leigh (NZ), Nov 1998 - Jan 1999
Callum Morton (Australia), Oct - Dec 1997
Yuk King Tan (Australia/NZ/Seoul), Oct - Dec 1997
Ronnie van Hout (NZ/Australia), Nov - Dec 1996
Kristy Gorman (NZ), Nov - Dec 1996
Kathy Temin (Australia), Sep - Oct 1995
Luise Fong (Malaysia/NZ), 1995

Curators in Residence:

Maia Abraham (NZ), 2022
Elle Loui August (NZ), 2022
Amy Weng (NZ), 2022
Ruha Fifita (Tonga), 2021-22
Erika Balsom (UK), 2017
Kathy Geritz (US), 2015
Philippe-Alain Michaud (France), 2013