Govett-Brewster Foundation

•	Ruth Buchanan, <i>When the sick rule the world</i>, 2019. Installation photo: Sam Hartnett.

The Gallery’s Foundation offers a range of ways to connect with and contribute to the future of the Govett-Brewster and its programme, collection, and projects, through private and corporate membership, donations, and targeted giving.

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Monica Brewster, founding patron of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery


The Foundation is your point of connection with Aotearoa New Zealand’s world-class centre of contemporary art. We are forward-thinking and collaborative, passionate about contemporary art, ideas and experiences, and confident in the unique role the Govett-Brewster plays.

We work closely with the Gallery team, New Plymouth District Council, Len Lye Foundation and Friends of the Govett-Brewster.

We invite you to join us in growing the impact of the Govett-Brewster and Len Lye Centre on current and future generations of visitors, artists, collectors and thinkers.

Together we can build and enjoy a greater relationship with the Govett-Brewster. You’ll make a tangible difference and be able to leverage your association with the iconic brand, building and programme that has been 50 years ahead since 50 years ago.

Partnership can take many forms with multiple outcomes and impacts. Our current opportunities are highlighted below.

We’d love to explore how we can help inspire your organisation’s creativity, create a long-lasting legacy and curate unique experiences with real advantages. Be bold, let’s talk.


John Leuthart
Chair, Govett-Brewster Foundation


Foundation leadership

The Govett-Brewster Foundation is led by a passionate group comprising Phil Hinton, Alex Laurenson, Lynda Matthews, Steivan Juvulta and Kinsely Sampson.
Collectively they span the Govett-Brewster’s 50 year story and donate their considerable expertise, knowledge and passion to the success of the Foundation and the Gallery.


Current Programmes

Here’s how you can be involved in the future of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre:


Launched in the Gallery’s fiftieth year, the 50:50 Programme offers opportunities to partner with the Foundation to secure significant contemporary artworks for the Govett-Brewster’s collection. These are works which capture the current moment, extend the collection, and support exceptional exhibitions, publications and education programmes.  

50:50 launches with a group of works from New Plymouth-born, Berlin-based artist Ruth Buchanan, who worked with the Govett-Brewster to curate and create an ambitious exhibition of nearly 300 works traversing the Gallery’s 50-year collecting history. The Govett-Brewster Foundation partnered with Andrew and Jenny Smith, Jim and Mary Barr, the Lysaght Watt Trust, Mossman Gallery, and the artist to purchase works that capture this historic moment in the Gallery’s history.

Investment of $2,000 - $10,000 on a one-off or annual basis.


Team Zizz

Spearheaded by the Len Lye Foundation, Team Zizz is a charitable community of donors who are deeply passionate about the work of Len Lye and the value it contribution to the Taranaki region. At the heart of Team Zizz is a desire to realise many of the bold and ambitious kinetic works envisaged by Len Lye, with the 21st century in mind. Team Zizz has already raised $150,000 to engineer three of Lye’s kinetic sculptures, including Wand Dance and Sky Snakes.

Investment of $50 - $100 per month for 3 years.

Company Partners

Company Partners are businesses who wish to strategically align their brands, teams and networks to the Govett-Brewster and its programmes, leveraging distinctive, bespoke benefits across the period of the partnership. Partnerships can be tailored to strategic, brand and market priorities. They’re an exciting opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to creativity and bold new ideas.

Current partners include Todd Energy, Technix, TSB Community Trust, Govett-Quillam The Lawyers, Baker-Tilley Staples Rodway, Clelands Construction, Macfarlanes Hospitality Ltd, King and Queen Hotel, Nice Hotel, Iceberg, Wolf Strategy.

Investment from $5,000 - $20,000 annually for 3 years.


Govett-Brewster Endowment

The Foundation manages the Govett-Brewster’s endowment fund, which seeks to support the sustainable growth of the Gallery and its collection and programmes over the next 50 years and beyond. An endowment is a legacy that makes a long-lasting impact on contemporary art in New Zealand.


Len Lye Centre Building Partners

Our Building Partners are the extraordinary people and organisations whose aspirational support enabled the vision of a dedicated Len Lye Centre to be realised in 2015. Since then it has become an acclaimed art space and architectural icon, elevating the profile of those who contributed to its construction through supporting exterior panels through to cinema seats. Building donors invested between $1,000 and $10,000 to enhance the quality and visitor experience of the new building and cinema.


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For further information, please contact us

Tel +64 6 759 0850