Current Exhibitions

Peggy Ahwesh <em>The Blackest Sea</em> 2016, film still. Courtesy artist and Electronic Arts Intermix, New York
Projection Series #11: An Oceanic Feeling
  • 4 Aug — 18 Nov 2018
  • Gallery 1, Mezzanine, Len Lye Centre Cinema

Through a series of screenings of recent film from around the world, An Oceanic Feeling explores how the seas are thoroughly imbricated in human histories of colonialism, slavery, exploration and labour.

Len Lye <em>Moon Bead</em> 1968. Photo Bryan James
Len Lye: Heaven and Earth
  • 4 Aug — 18 Nov 2018
  • Galleries 2,3,4

This exhibition explores the environments that inspired Lye’s sense of wonder, from the crashing waves of his New Zealand childhood to the marvels of the heavens, both the scientific and mythic.

Sergei Tcherepnin <em>Aviary Clones</em> 2018, installation view.
Quadraphonic sound installation, UV prints on synthetic silk, copper & brass sculptures,
motion activated LEDs, motion activated sound, aviary netting, inkjet print dimensions variable.
Photo Mark Dwyer
Sensory Agents
  • 4 Aug — 18 Nov 2018
  • Gallery 5, and East and West ramps

Work by Len Lye alongside installations and new commissions by Yuko Mohri (JP), Sergei Tcherepnin (US) and Danae Valenza (AU), three international artists working across sculpture, sound and musical composition.


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 new commission, Kūreitanga II IV, by Taranaki artist WharehokaSmith (Taranaki, Te Ātiawa, Ngā Ruahine) is reflective of designs used by Māori to decorate wharenui (ceremonial communal houses), clothing, objects and architectural spaces.



Len Lye <em>Wand Dance</em> sketch, c 1960s. Len Lye Foundation archive, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
Wand Dance
  • 1 Dec 2018 — 18 Mar 2019
  • Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre

Engineered by the Len Lye Foundation with the support of Team Zizz!, this work brings the experience of Lye's large outdoor works into the Gallery for a thrilling kinetic experience.

Heague Yang, Installation view: <em>Triple Vita Nestings</em>, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. In view (l-r): <em>The Intermediate—Tinted UHHHHH Creature Inverted V</em>, 2017, Powder-coated stainless steel frame, steel wire rope, plastic twine, 360 x 400 x 180 cm; <em>Lethal Love</em>, 2008/2018, Aluminum venetian blinds, powder-coated aluminum hanging structure, steel wire rope, free-standing mirror wall, moving spotlights, scent emitters (wildflower, gunpowder), Dimensions variable, Courtesy the artist. Photo: Carl Warner
Haegue Yang: Triple Vita Nestings
  • 1 Dec 2018 — 18 Mar 2019
  • Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

Triple Vita Nestings brings together diverse works from the past decade, including video essays, anthropomorphic sculpture, audio work, and a venetian blind installation, alongside additional works produced for local audiences.


Maureen Lander <em>Kit-Set Whanaungatanga</em> 2017, harakeke, Teri dyes. Collection of the artist. Image Mark Tantrum
Maureen Lander: Flat-Pack Whakapapa
  • 1 Dec 2018 — 18 Mar 2019
  • Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre

In Flat-Pack Whakapapa, Maureen Lander has created four installations that explore the connections between whakapapa and raranga (Māori weaving), including a new installation made in collaboration with local weavers.


Jacqueline Elley <em>Luxoplasts</em> 2018. Courtesy of the artist
Jacqueline Elley: Luxoplasts
  • 1 Dec 2018 — 18 Mar 2019
  • Open Window and Lower ramp

Inspired by microscopic marine life, Elley’s biomorphic light drawings emanate from a dark and unseen world that reflects both the nature and the man-made detritus polluting the environment.

Youkobo Artspace, Tokyo, May 2017, Richard Maloy in his studio
Richard Maloy: Things I Have Seen
  • 1 Dec 2018 — 18 Mar 2019
  • Lower ramp

Working from memory and crafting in clay, Maloy recreates others’ work, translating experience and memory into a new form capturing the subjectivity of experience.


Len Lye <em>Zebra</em> 1965, 2009. Len Lye Foundation archive, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
Group Therapy
  • 17 Nov 2018 — 31 Mar 2019
  • Gallery 6

The well-known Rotating Harmonic leads the way as the quintessential Len Lye sculpture – one of the purest expressions of Lye’s kinetic vision – accompanied by the popular Zebra, one of the Len Lye Centre’s most popular and thrilling works.