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>Sky Snakes</em>, 1965 (2019 reconstruction).&nbsp;Len Lye Foundation Collection, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Photograph&nbsp;Bryan James</p>
Len Lye: Sky Snakes
  • 3 Sep 2022 — 6 Feb 2023
  • Gallery 6

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

<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.

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><em>Kuku Biochar Project &amp; Waikōkopu stream restoration</em>. <br />Image: Maija Stephens. Courtesy of the artists.</p>
Te Au: Liquid Constituencies
  • 3 Dec 2022 — 20 Mar 2023
  • Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

We are nourished, shaped by, and dependent upon the waters and currents around us. Springs, streams, rivers and oceans have long been sources of food and sustenance, routes for voyaging and trade, and repositories of spiritual knowledge and a sense of identity.

<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 — 30 Jun 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>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.