E kore au e ngaro,
he kākano i ruia mai i Rangiātea
I will never be lost,
for I am the seed which was sown from Rangiātea

This whakatauki refers to ancestral connections across the Pacific, and the historical, cultural and spiritual links to the past that ground our identities.


Update on School Visits

Kia ora teachers,

We welcome schools in to the Gallery in Term 2.

Covid-19 rules for school visits may change with level changes, please check with us for an update if necessary.

Covid-19 updates

Level 1:
School groups are welcome to visit the Gallery.

Level 2:
Increased hygiene and social distancing mean restrictions on class size and scheduling apply. Please be in touch for further details.  


In the community

Celebrate Puanga. Are you planning a Puanga focus in term 2?

New Plymouth District Council is developing a community Puanga celebration at Puke Ariki Landing on 6 July. There’s opportunity for school students to be involved. Gallery educators will lead Puanga inspired workshops at school from Mon 14 June.

Please contact us to find out more, phone 7590858,

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

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.


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.

Links to available Google Slides:

Len Lye Style Flip Book
Puanga Video and Activities


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.

Take a look at our Te Reo Māori section and then contact the Gallery educators to discuss options:

Ph: 06 759 0858


Pahi Mātauranga Utu Māmā
Subsidised Education Bus

The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre, Puke Ariki and Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki are offering subsidised bus transport to selected low decile and distant schools. Please see our Subsidised Education Bus webpage for eligibility and details.


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 Jess Marshall, 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)