Current Exhibitions

Artist Len Lye posing with his sculptures, 1961.
Photo by Andreas Feininger / The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images.
Len Lye Tangibles: 1959 - 1961
  • 14 Nov 2020 — 2 May 2021
  • Gallery 5

Acclaimed for his experimental cinema from the 1930s through to the 1950s, Len Lye largely abandoned filmmaking at the close of the 1950s to join a thriving kinetic art scene.

Len Lye <em>Sky Snake</em> 1965 (reconstruction 2019). Courtesy the Len Lye Foundation Collection. Photo Francis Vissers
Len Lye: Sky Snakes
  • 29 Feb 2020 — 11 Apr 2021
  • Gallery 6

A new large-scale kinetic sculpture from the Len Lye Foundation and Team Zizz!

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.



Maioha Kara, <i>Salutations</i>, 2020, (detail). 
Rimu, glitter and stain. Image courtesy of the artist.
Maioha Kara: Salutations
  • 5 Dec 2020 — 15 Mar 2021
  • Open Window

View a new commission by Maioha Kara (Waikato, Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Arawa, Ngāti Porou) in the Open Window Gallery on Queen St, New Plymouth.

Manukau 2020, video animation still, 
Brett Graham and Ken Gorrie, 
Animation Research Ltd.
Brett Graham: Tai Moana Tai Tangata
  • 5 Dec 2020 — 15 Mar 2021
  • Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

A solo exhibition of new work by Brett Graham (Ngāti Kōroki Kahukura, Tainui), Govett-Brewster Art Gallery's 2019 Artist in Residence.

Meg Porteous, <i>World outside head (cc Mary Porteous)</i>, 2020, courtesy of the artist.
Meg Porteous: Germinal centre
  • 6 Dec 2020 — 31 Jan 2021
  • Offsite

An offsite exhibition of new work by one of the Govett-Brewster's 2020 artists ‘In Residence’.