Tangi te kawekaweā, waiho kia tangi ana

Tangi te wharauroa, waiho kia tangi ana

E tatari atu ana kia aroaro mahana

Ka taka mai te āhuru


Spring is on its way!

This karakia refers to nature alerting us to the changing season.


Update on School Visits

Kia ora teachers,

The Gallery is currently open but in accordance with MoE guidelines we are unable to offer education programmes within the Gallery while we are at Alert Level 2.

We can, however, provide education programmes in the community, which include:

Eco Mural. Tour New Plymouth's CBD murals with us then head up to the Gallery to design a school mural with an environmental message, or create chalk masterpieces in Huatoki Plaza.

Marae-based learning. Gallery educators join in with classes at their local marae to learn about ngā toi.

Art at school: Gallery educators visit schools to lead selected art lessons including Environmental sustainability – create group sculptures focusing on te Mounga and caring for water, and Art that moves – various learning activities inspired by Len Lye’s short films.


NEW: Create - Family Art activites online

These quick, fun activities are based on Family Art sessions in the Gallery (10.30 – 12.30am Sundays), a selection are now available online to share in school or as links for home learning. Found in the ‘What’s on’ section of the Gallery website Create: Online Art Activities Instagram posts or as Google slides for classroom use.


Whanake Toi / Student Art Space Online

Students and teachers, share your Gallery inspired projects and learning with the world. We’d love you to share your learning on Whanake Toi / Student Art Space.

Please send us photos of your artwork, video, NCEA folio work, poems or writing inspired by your gallery visit.


Keeping in touch

Sign up here and we'll let you know when our new education lessons are up online.


Meet our Govett-Brewster Education team:

Chris Barry and Rebecca Fawkner

06 759 0858


If you're not a school and looking for other education opportunities, including Young Visionaries after school art classes, Holiday Programmes, Monica Brewster Evenings, and Family Art sessions, take a look at our What's On page.

Chris Barry with Fitzroy School class

Whakamaheretia tō toro mai
Planning your visit

Start your planning by looking at exhibitions and school lessons If you would like to discuss other options including delivery in Te Reo, further developing detailed content, or discussing the format of your visit, our education team is happy to help.

During their visit, classes can use purpose-built education studios in the Todd Energy Learning Centre. All school lessons are free and are supported by the Ministry of Education’s Learning Experience Outside the Classroom (LEOTC) initiative.

I always find the programme extremely well run, relevant. I especially like the questioning that encourages children to think.”
Taranaki primary teacher


Te Reo Māori

On hold awaiting a new appointment

The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre welcomes kura kaupapa and bilingual classes to all exhibitions. The Gallery kaiako works with teachers to ensure visits meet their language and hands-on activity needs.

See Te Reo Māori section then contact the Gallery educators to discuss options:

Ph: 06 759 0858


Pahi Mātauranga Utu Māmā
Subsidised Education Bus

Contact Gallery educators to check your school’s eligibility and level of subsidy.

Please phone 06 759 0858 to check your eligibility.


FAQS and further info:

E tūwhera ana i te rāwhitu, 10am-5pm.  Ka tere te hōtaka kura i te roanga o te rārima

Open seven days, 10am – 5pm. Education lessons run weekdays

E āhei ana ngā kura te whakarite wā moata ake ki te timata. School groups may book an earlier start time by arrangement.


Me pēwhea te whakarite?
How do I book?

Booking is essential. Please complete the booking form on the Bookings page.

Once a booking is received teachers are sent a booking confirmation and pre- and post- visit information to complement the visit and link with the New Zealand Curriculum.

Download Gallery Visitor Guidelines and RAMS


There is no charge for educational visits to the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre. Koha is appreciated. Adults accompanying a school group do not pay an entry charge.


Whakamaheretia tō toro mai i te hapori?
Planning a whole day out?

Our education team is happy to be part of class rotations with other LEOTC providers, including Puke Ariki. Contact the team with your special requests.

The Gallery Education Team Rebecca Fawkner and Chris Barry

The Gallery Education Team Rebecca Fawkner and Chris Barry

Students with Len Lye's painting in the exhibition <em>Len Lye: Big Bang Theory</em>

Students with Len Lye's painting in the exhibition Len Lye: Big Bang Theory

Kaiako Jess Marshall demonstrating with students

Kaiako Jess Marshall demonstrating with students

Chris Barry with Fitzroy School

Chris Barry with Fitzroy School

Movement with the abstract work <em>Painting No. 9</em> by Don Peebles. Photo Sam Hartnett

Movement with the abstract work Painting No. 9 by Don Peebles. Photo Sam Hartnett

New Plymouth Girls' High School students use gallery zoetropes (animation viewing devices)

New Plymouth Girls' High School students use gallery zoetropes (animation viewing devices)