Installation view The scene in which I find myself/ Or, where does my body belong Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Photographer Sam Hartnett.

Installation view The scene in which I find myself/ Or, where does my body belong Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Photographer Sam Hartnett.

Message from the Directors

Update from the Gallery

25 May 2020

We are pleased to say that The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre has now re-opened to the public.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

We have prepared the galleries to welcome you back into a safe environment.

Read on to find out about the changes we have put in place, in order to re-open safely under Alert Level 2, as well as what's on now and coming soon at the Gallery.

There will be changes to the way we operate as we continue to Play it Safe:

 

Exhibitions

From 25 May, Len Lye's monumental new work, Sky Snakes, will be on view in the Len Lye Centre, alongside some of his iconic kinetic sculptures.

From 6 June, we will be presenting The Absolute Truth of the Happiness Acid, the most comprehensive survey of Len Lye’s film practice exhibited at the Gallery.

Our forthcoming exhibition at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, is Candice Lin's first solo show in New Zealand, Pigs & Poison.

Look out for further details on these upcoming shows on our What's On: Exhibitions Page.

 

Len Lye Cinema 

We are pleased to say that the Len Lye Cinema will be re-opening on 6 June. Take a look at our Cinema page for listings and booking information.

Please see our visiting information and FAQs further below for advice on attending cinema screenings under Level 2.

 

Public Programmes

Public Programmes are currently offered online.

 

Govett-Brewster Shop

The Govett-Brewster Shop is back open! We have made preparations to make your shopping experience safe under Alert level 2. 

Treat yourself, a family member or a friend from our great selection of books, stationary, homewares, jewellery and cool kids’ stuff.

Your purchase plays a vital part in enabling the Gallery to continue its exciting exhibitions and public programming. We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Visiting the Gallery from 25 May

Your visit will be a bit different at the moment. Our Visitor Services staff will be asking all gallery visitors for their details upon entry, to enable contract tracing:

 - We will be asking everyone - visitors and staff - to keep at least 2 metres from people you don’t know

 -  If you are feeling unwell, please stay home and visit us another time.

 -  We will be running at a reduced capacity to allow for social distancing

 -  We are asking for contactless payment where possible

There might be a queue to get in at times, so thank you for your patience and kindness.

Galleries and surfaces will be cleaned daily, with high trafficked areas attended to on an ongoing basis.

 

Visiting the Len Lye Cinema from 6 June

As with all gallery visitors, cinema goers will be asked for their details on entry to enable contact tracing:

-  If you are feeling unwell, please stay home and visit us another time.

-  We will be running at a reduced capacity to allow for social distancing

-  We are asking for contactless payment where possible

- The seating plan has been changed to ensure adequate distance between guests in every session.

- The cinema space will be cleaned frequently, with high traffic areas attended to on an ongoing basis.

- Where possible, we encourage ticket bookings to be made online.

There might be a queue to get in at times, so thank you for your patience and kindness.

 

FAQS

Will the Gallery re-open under Level 2?

The Gallery will re-open to the public on 25th May 2020.

Normal opening times and admission charges apply.

Monica’s Café will also be open.

 

What exhibitions can I visit?

Initially, only the lower ramp and Gallery 6 space will be open to the public. These are located on the left when you go through the main entrance (past the Gallery shop), through the sliding door.

In these spaces, you will be able to view the Len Lye Kinetics (lower ramp) and Sky Snakes exhibition (Gallery 6).

More information on the Sky Snakes exhibition can be found on our What's On: Exhibitions page.

 

How will the Gallery remain safe to visit under Alert level 2?

We’re currently working through plans of how we can re-open safely for visitors and staff, under the safe working rules for Alert Level 2.

In line with MoH guidelines, Gallery staff are following basic precautions, such as social distancing, and we just ask that our visitors do this as well.

Our staff will be on hand to provide advice and answer any questions you may have.

 

How will the Cinema remain safe to visit under Alert Level 2?

In line with MoH guidelines, staff are following basic precautions, such as social distancing, and we just ask that our cinema visitors do this as well. Our staff will be on hand to provide advice and answer any questions you may have.

Our Front of House staff will increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of all high traffic areas and commonly-touched surfaces throughout the day. The cinema space, including seats and door handles will be cleaned before and after screenings.

 

How much spacing will there be between cinema seats?

The seating plan has been changed to ensure adequate distance between guests in every session. The spacing is every other seat, which enable social distancing of 1 metre between each.

 

Can I book cinema tickets at the Gallery?

We encourage our patrons to purchase tickets online where possible. All listings and online bookings can be made via our Cinema page.

 

Is there a limit to the number of tickets I can book for a screening?

Tickets can be booked up to the capacity of available seating. The maximum group size is 10 upon entry to the Gallery. Multiple ticket bookings can be made, but please note, patrons will be seated individually, spaced at least a seat apart, so there will be no group seating available.

 

Is regular programming like Family Art and School Holiday Art also restarting?

All our public programming of events, including regulars across Education, remain postponed until further notice.

Please email info@govettbrewster.com or call (06) 759 6060, if you have any questions or concerns regarding postponement of regular programming or any other events, and our staff will be happy to help.

Our public programming team will continue to bring online content to audiences, as it has been during Level 3 and 4. Please follow Govett-Brewster on Instagram and our website, or sign up to our email news for updates.

 

How do I find out when an event / public programming will be rescheduled?

We will inform you once any events are scheduled or any public programming restarts - please see our website for latest updates in the meantime.