The Friends of the Gallery are a membership group with a strong connection to the more social side of the art world.

Friends of the gallery social gathering

As a Friend of the Govett-Brewster/Len Lye Centre you will receive invitations to social functions and special events

Friends logo

Established in 1971, the Friends of the Gallery are an independent incorporated society whose purpose is to 'support the promote the interests of the Gallery.' For over five decades the Friends have helped organise exhibition openings, concerts and events, workshops and studio visits, and fund events, programmes and acquisitions to the Gallery's permanent collection.  

The Friends also have a social purpose, bringing people together at the Gallery to discover and share art and ideas in a social setting. 

Membership to the Friends is via an annual subscription which opens doors to exclusive Friends activities and events and will give you the knowledge that you're actively contributing to and involved in the art and action of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.

As a Friend you will receive:
  • Free entry to the Gallery 
  • Invitations to Gallery exhibition openings
  • Opportunities to attend special Friends events 
  • Discounted entry to the Gallery's Cinema (excludes film festivals and special events)
  • Discounted entry to the Gallery's monthly Monica Brewster Evenings
  • 10% discount at the Govett-Brewster Shop
  • Subscription to the Friends regular email newsletter
  • Discounted membership to New Plymouth Film Society
  • The knowledge that you're actively supporting the Gallery and its work

Annual membership is available at the following rates:

  • Double: $60 
  • Single: $40
  • Student: $20

Friends of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre
C/- Private Bag 2025 New Plymouth 4342 


Committee 2023-24

Patron: Fiona Clark
President: Bridget Sullivan
Vice President and Treasurer: Chris Herlihy
Secretary: Agata Oleksiak
Commitee members:
Carol Boyle
Di Brien
Nigel Jones

Annual General Meeting 2023

The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre Incorporated, was held at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre on Monday 30 Oct 2023. You can download and review the meeting papers here.