Current Exhibitions

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.

Haegue Yang <em>Umbra Creatures by Rockhole</em> 2017–2018, detail. Courtesy of kurimanzutto, Mexico City. Photo Sam Hartnett
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 in the Open Window on Queen St. Courtesy of the artist. Photo Sam Hartnett
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.


Reuben Paterson <em>The Golden Bearing</em> at the TSB Festival of Lights in New Plymouth, 2014
Reuben Paterson: The Golden Bearing
  • 2 Feb — 3 Mar 2019
  • Pukeiti

Within the park setting, the hand-sculpted glittering tree appears to be conjured up through the re-telling of a magical yet ancient legend.



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.


<em>Len Lye at Cape Campbell</em> 1968. Len Lye Foundation Collection, courtesy of Roger and Shirley Horrocks
Len Lye: No Trouble
  • 9 Feb — 21 Jul 2019
  • Gallery 5

This exhibition charts the early years of Lye’s career, observing his childhood in Aotearoa New Zealand and first steps as an artist in Wellington before an offshore departure that took the artist to Australia, Samoa and on to the United Kingdom.