Current Exhibitions

<p>Len Lye, <em>Atomic Dance</em>, 1960. Collection Len Lye Foundation</p>
Len Lye: Atomic Power
  • 20 Aug 2022 — 25 Apr 2023
  • Gallery 5 and West Ramp

In the 1940s Lye’s politics placed the artist amongst a group of figures concerned with questions of freedom, peace and the idea of global community. Atomic Power tells that story.

<p>Len Lye, <em>Wand Dance</em>, 2019<br />Len Lye Foundation Collection, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery<br />Photo: Bryan James</p>
Len Lye: Wand Dance
  • 25 Feb — 6 Aug 2023
  • Gallery 6

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

<p>Shona Rapira Davies, <em>Ko Te Kihikihi Taku Ingoa</em>, 2022 (detail). Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre. Image: Hayley Bethell.</p>
Shona Rapira Davies: Ko Te Kihikihi Taku Ingoa
  • 5 Aug 2022 — 28 Feb 2024
  • Lower Ramp

Ko Te Kihikihi Taku Ingoa is a major new installation by Shona Rapira Davies (Ngāti Wai ki Aotea, Aotearoa, New Zealand) that responds to histories distinct to Taranaki and to the ‘cathedral-like’ space of the gallery.

<p>Pasha Clothier, <em>Kāhili</em>, 2022.<br />Shannon Novak, <em>A Warm Embrace</em>, 2022.</p>
The Unfurling
  • 3 Dec 2022 — Ongoing
  • Len Lye Centre

Forming part of the Make Visible: Taranaki project, this collaborative work is a window-based intervention in the Len Lye Centre that makes visible different spectrums via the lenses of identity and gender. The Unfurling comprises two distinct yet spiritually connected window works by Novak and Clothier.

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.



<p>Drawings in Len Lye Studio, c. 1970s, Len Lye Foundation Collection.</p>
Charting the zig-zags
  • 6 Apr — 8 Oct 2023
  • Len Lye Centre

Charting the zig-zags considers the act of drawing in Len Lye’s creative process, particularly the process of 'doodling’ - spontaneous and intuitive sketching - that underpins his multimedia practice.


<p><em>You Appear In Me, I In You</em>, 2020. Courtesy of the artist.&nbsp;</p>
Aisha Khalid: I Am And I Am Not
  • 1 Apr — 16 Jul 2023
  • Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

A comprehensive retrospective of the work of Pakistani artist Aisha Khalid, I Am And I Am Not presents more than 40 of the artist’s works dating from 1993 to the present day.

Proudly supported by Craigs Investment Partners.

<p><em>Albatross</em>, 1965 (2015 reconstruction).&nbsp;Len Lye Foundation Collection</p>
Len Lye: The Edge of the Sea
  • 13 May — 8 Oct 2023
  • Len Lye Centre

Taking its title from the work of American marine biologist and conservationist, Rachel Carson (1907-1964), The Edge of the Sea, celebrates the aquatic landscapes and imagery in Len Lye’s art.