Len Lye, Rainbow Dance, 1936
Courtesy of the Len Lye Foundation and The British Postal Museum & Archive
From material preserved and made available by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

Len Lye, Rainbow Dance, 1936
Courtesy of the Len Lye Foundation and The British Postal Museum & Archive
From material preserved and made available by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

Happening! This July and August

Gallery update

16 Jul 2020

There’s plenty to explore and experience at The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre this winter.

The Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival, after-school art, free tours and brand new exhibitions from international and New Zealand-based artists are just some of the highlights for the rest of July and August.


Conceived as a single snake in 1965 and realised in its current form in 2020, Len Lye’s Sky Snakes is a compelling entry point to the kinetic works of Len Lye, while The Absolute Truth of the Happiness Acid invites us inside the artist’s bold, colourful films in an immersive cinematic experience. The exhibition gives a fascinating glimpse into the artist's practice and production techniques, which are just as innovative now as they were in the 1930's.

Opening on 8 August, Pigs and Poison is a new exhibition by US-based Candice Lin and her first solo show in New Zealand, while our Open Window gallery will debut our first 2020 Artist ‘In Residence’s virtual residency.

Be the first to find out about opening weekend events by signing up to the Gallery’s monthly Happening updates, keep an eye on our What's On: Exhibitions page or follow us on Instagram.


Len Lye Cinema

We’re pleased to announce that Len Lye Cinema will be the exclusive New Plymouth venue for the Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival 2020.

22 festival films will be on our big screen between 24 July and 4 August - tickets are on sale now. Browse the full line-up and book online or pick up a free programme from the Gallery.

The Cinema also brings the latest arthouse and independent releases to New Plymouth, including our regular Thursday night chillers and $5 Wednesday sessions.


Public Programmes

A varied menu of public events offers every opportunity to engage with the Gallery and its exhibitions – many of these are free, drop-in sessions, suitable for all ages.

On 18 July, we’ll showcase the creative talent that contributed to our lockdown projects, with screenings of The Art of Dance – including performances filmed in the Gallery - and The Bubble Project short film submissions. Join the events and celebrate creativity in our community – some seats remain. Find out more on the Events page.

Talks to make art more accessible for everyone return on 27 July, with a touch and audio described tour Sense Art especially for visually impaired visitors. Its free, no bookings are needed and guide dogs are welcome.

Every weekend, free exhibition insight tours will help you explore current exhibitions. No need to book (unless you’re bringing a large group). Just drop by our Front Desk at 11am on Saturdays or Sundays.

On Sunday mornings, we also host our popular Family Art sessions – drop-in, interactive art-making for all the family. If you miss any, don’t worry, you can follow the activities every week on Instagram.


Learn about Art

The Gallery’s Young Visionaries programme resumes in Term 3, offering those aged 6-8 and 9-12 a chance to discover and be inspired by the art in our current exhibitions via weekly after-school art classes. Spaces fill up fast for these, so book now.

School visits to the Govett-Brewster and Len Lye Centre are also in development, and will be offered through local schools in Term 3.

Our amazing education team has also opened applications for the 2020 George Mason Visual Arts Scholarship. Open to Year 13 students studying a visual arts discipline at a Taranaki secondary school, the scholarship offers an opportunity to continue study at a tertiary level.


Govett-Brewster Shop

Treat yourself, friends and family to a stunning selection of books, stationary, homewares, jewellery and cool kids’ stuff from the Govett-Brewster Shop.

Pick up exclusive Len Lye products, the latest in art publishing, or truly unique piece to remember your visit. Your purchase plays a vital part in enabling the Gallery to continue its exciting exhibitions and events programme.


Monica’s Eatery

Named after the Gallery’s visionary founding patron, the famed Monica’s Eatery has a stunning new menu to sample and savour. Adjoining the Gallery on the corner of King and Queen Streets, Monica’s is open from 6.30am – 3.30pm weekdays, and 7.30am – 3.30pm on weekends and public holidays.


It’s all happening at the Govett-Brewster/Len Lye Centre. Don’t miss out – sign up for our monthly updates direct to your inbox.