Current Exhibitions

<p>Khadim Ali, <em>There Is No Other Home But This</em>, 2022. Installation view, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Image: Samuel Hartnett.</p>
There Is No Other Home But This
  • 5 Mar — 19 Jun 2022
  • Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

There Is No Other Home But This surveys the practices of two artists whose work is a space to celebrate and explore contemporary life as it connects to ancient cultures and beliefs.

Len Lye, <i>Convolutions</i>, 2021, Len Lye Foundation. Image: Bryan James.
Len Lye: Convolutions
  • 4 Dec 2021 — 21 Aug 2022
  • Len Lye Centre

Alternatively known as Wall Serpent or Wall Motion Sculpture, Convolutions is among Len Lye’s most intriguing large-scale kinetic sculptures, closer in spirit to the organic forms of his experimental film Tusalava (1929) and his biomorphic paintings of the 1930s than his typical kinetic sculpture of the 1960s.

Len Lye, <i>Rainbow Dance</i>, 1936. Courtesy of the Len Lye Foundation and The British Postal Museum & Archive. From material preserved and made available by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision.
Len Lye: Rainbow Dance
  • 14 Aug 2021 — 31 Jul 2022
  • Upper ramp and Gallery 5

Rainbow Dance surveys Len Lye’s multimedia practice over his fifty-year career with essential, must-see film and sculptural works together with lesser known and recently conserved works from the Len Lye Foundation collection and archive completing the picture of one of Aotearoa’s most important artists.

<p>Chevron Hasset, Surveying the Surveyor, 2022. Installation image, Open Window Gallery, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Image: Lucy Scanlan.</p>
Surveying the Surveyor
  • 5 Mar — 19 Jun 2022
  • Open Window

Chevron Hassett’s artwork in the Open Window is a new addition to his on-going project interacting with colonial narratives, specifically histories that have shaped the identity of communities and their landscape.

<p>Edith Amituanai, <em>Mr Manu</em>, 2006. Collection Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth.</p>
Works from the Govett-Brewster Collection
  • 5 Mar — 7 Jun 2022
  • Lower Ramp

Edith Amituanai’s parents came to New Zealand from Samoa in the 1960s and 70s and she was born and raised in Te Atatu, West Auckland. Her aiga (family) are from Pata, Falelatai, Ulutogia Aleiapata and Lalomanu in Samoa.

<p>Shona Rapira Davies, <em>Ko Te Kihikihi,</em> 2021, installation image, ramp corridor / hallway, Len Lye Centre. Image: Hayley Bethell.</p>
Ko Te Kihikihi
  • 14 Feb — 7 Jun 2022
  • Hallway

Ko Te Kihikihi acknowledges Taranaki history, particularly the Land Wars which saw armed conflict over land ownership and sovereignty between Iwi and the New Zealand government from March 1860 to March 1861.

WharehokaSmith <em>Kūreitanga II IV</em> 2016, installation view at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Courtesy the artist. Photo Sam Hartnett
WharehokaSmith: Kūreitanga II IV
  • 1 Sep 2016 — Ongoing
  • Todd Energy Learning Centre

A site-specific artwork by Taranaki artist WharehokaSmith, commissioned to rest at the heart of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.