Join us to celebrate 50 years of Friendship!

Join us to celebrate 50 years of Friendship!

Calling all Friends to celebrate 50 years

15 Jun 2022

Turning 50 is a major milestone in anyone’s lives including the Friends of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery who have been supporting the Gallery since 1971.

With a retro 1970s theme, the Friends are hosting a party in the Gallery on Saturday June 25 complete with mirror balls and disco music to hark back to those hedonistic days when Leon Narby’s Real Time was the Gallery’s first exhibition.

Friends, and friends of Friends are invited to the event to commemorate all the work by the Friends to support the gallery over the years, says the Friends’ President, Chris Herlihy.

“From its first exhibition, the gallery broke new ground in New Zealand Aotearoa with its focus on contemporary art,” Chris says.

“To support, promote and advocate on behalf of the Gallery, the Friends were formed in the first year of the gallery’s opening. Since then, the Friends and its many wonderful committee members and volunteers have helped host exhibition openings, raised funds to support key projects and acquisitions, and in the early days even ran the Gallery's cafe!"

"The Friends are the social side of the Gallery, and the Fabulous 50th event on 25 June will certainly bring that to the fore."

Tickets are available here and are $50 which includes entertainment, nibbles and  complimentary drinks on arrival.

"And of course, there’s an optional dress code for the 70s – neon, retro, or just loud and proud!"

The Friends of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery at their 10th anniversary, 1981.

The Friends of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery at their 10th anniversary, 1981.