Commercial Film and Photography Application

Commercial Film and Photography Application

Application to undertake commercial film or photography at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Len Lye Centre


This contract is to be completed by any person (the applicant) applying to take photographs or
film within the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre building, for commercial purposes.

Please note: depending on the nature of your request, fees will apply to commercial photography or filming.
Fees are available after application has been received by Govett-Brewster.

The Govett-Brewster team appreciates at least ten working days’ notice of applications to film or photograph.



All commercial photography and filming, including media organisations, is only permitted by prior arrangement with Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, to ensure minimum disruption to visitors, to avoid scheduling clashes, and to ensure copyright arrangements are in place

We require at least ten working days’ notice with indication of what and where you propose to photograph or film, as well as a clear outline of the context in which the images or video will be reproduced or used

Filming and photography may not always be possible

Depending on the nature of your request, different fees may apply

If any extraordinary costs are incurred by filming or photography in the galleries, these costs will be on-charged

Depending on the timing of your shoot, a gallery representative may need to accompany you

Works of art may not be touched or moved

Some artworks will not be allowed to be filmed or photographed because of copyrights. A gallery representative will advise you on these artworks

A maximum of two light sources are to be used, unless authorised by the gallery. Lights must not shine directly onto an artwork and are to be shut off except when actual photography is taking place

All light stands or similar equipment are to be placed a minimum of 1.5 metres away from any artwork. All equipment on stands must be placed at a distance that is greater than their height away from any artwork

All cables are to be positioned so as to not constitute a tripping or other hazard

There is no consumption of food or drink allowed in the gallery spaces

No chemicals or hairsprays are to be used in the galleries

For insurance purposes, gallery staff will be required to oversee the photography or filming where lighting tripods or other equipment is used

The gallery reserves the right to change any arrangement if our representative believes that works of art are being put at risk

In some exhibitions, photography and filming are completely prohibited. A sign at the entrance will make this clear. No photography or filming is allowed of artworks in areas displaying the ‘no-photography’ sign

No photographs or video footage may be reproduced, distributed, or sold without permission from Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

Copyrights and correct naming of the artworks and the art museum must be observed


Health & Safety Conditions:

In order to follow best safety practices, compliance with the Health & Safety at Work Act 2015 must be followed at all times.

I am responsible for any damage caused and my own (and that of members of my group) Health & Safety.

I agree to observe all directions from the gallery representative relating to Health & Safety, the security of the site, and the property of Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre.