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Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, established in 1970, is Aotearoa New Zealand’s premier contemporary art museum. The Govett-Brewster seeks to offer a responsive, accessible, relevant, dynamic and stimulating hub for an open exchange of ideas and engagements with the art and cultures of today - thus nurturing innovation, research, creativity and dialogue for people from all walks of life. The Gallery is recognised nationally and internationally for its global vision, its special commitment to art from the Pacific, and as home to the art and ideas of pioneering filmmaker and kinetic artist, Len Lye.

Collection Type
Art


Contact Details
Postal address iconPrivate Bag 2025, New Plymouth
Telephone number icon+64 6 759 6060
Web address iconhttp://www.govettbrewster.com
Email address icongovettinfo@govettbrewster.com


Visitor Information
Physical address iconQueen Street, New Plymouth, New Zealand
Hours of operation icon10am – 5pm daily. Closed Christmas day.
Charges iconFree


Facilities
Wheelchair accessCafeReference LibraryParkingShopFunction SpaceGuided TourPublic ProgrammesMembership Club
Lecture hall /Museum brochures / audio tours/



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Oskar Fischinger's Raumlichtkunst (c. 1926/2012)

One of the most thrilling works in experimental cinema, Oskar Fischinger’s 'Raumlichtkunst' (c.1926/2012) is presented for the first time in New Zealand. This exhibition presents one of the first multimedia ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 22-Jul-2017, 23-Jul-2017, 24-Jul-2017, 25-Jul-2017, 26-Jul-2017, 27-Jul-2017 View more sessions

On an Island: Len Lye, Robert Graves and Laura Riding

Documenting Lye’s friendships and collaborations during the early years of his career, with a survey of works connected to Lye’s stay on the Spanish Island of Mallorca in 1930. For several months following the ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 22-Jul-2017, 23-Jul-2017, 24-Jul-2017, 25-Jul-2017, 26-Jul-2017, 27-Jul-2017 View more sessions

Len Lye's Kinetic Sculpture Roundhead

Consisting of four steel rings, 'Roundhead' is one of Lye’s earliest tangibles. As the outer ring is gently spun by the motorised base, energy is transferred to the three inner rings, which reflect light from their ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 22-Jul-2017, 23-Jul-2017, 24-Jul-2017, 25-Jul-2017, 26-Jul-2017, 27-Jul-2017 View more sessions

Len Lye: Fountain III

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of 'Kinetic Works', Len Lye’s first major solo exhibition in New Zealand, we present the kinetic sculpture 'Fountain III'. Commissioned by the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, 'Fountain ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 22-Jul-2017, 23-Jul-2017, 24-Jul-2017, 25-Jul-2017, 26-Jul-2017, 27-Jul-2017 View more sessions

Open Collection No. 3: Tom

Argentinian-born Tom Kreisler became one of New Plymouth’s most treasured artists, known for injecting humour into painting and drawing through the use of puns, poems and doodles. Eager to celebrate the quirkiness ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 22-Jul-2017, 23-Jul-2017, 24-Jul-2017, 25-Jul-2017, 26-Jul-2017, 27-Jul-2017 View more sessions

Young Visionaries After School Art Classes Term 3 - Ages 6-8

Weekly after-school art classes where kids are inspired by great art. Our Young Visionaries have fun discovering the thinking and wonder behind the creation of art inspired by the current exhibitions. This term, ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 26-Jul-2017, 02-Aug-2017, 09-Aug-2017, 16-Aug-2017, 23-Aug-2017, 30-Aug-2017 View more sessions

Young Visionaries 2017 Term 3 - Ages 9-13

Weekly after-school art classes where kids are inspired by great art. Our Young Visionaries have fun discovering the thinking and wonder behind the creation of art inspired by the current exhibitions. This term, ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 27-Jul-2017, 03-Aug-2017, 10-Aug-2017, 17-Aug-2017, 24-Aug-2017, 31-Aug-2017 View more sessions

Monica Brewster Evening - Ngahuia Te Awekotuku

We welcome Ngahuia Te Awekotuku MNZM, a distinguished Maori academic and early LGBT activist Ngahuia Te Awekotuku has served on various governance bodies, including Te Papa Tongarewa, Nga Taonga Sound & Vision and ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 27-Jul-2017

Family Art

Drop-in interactive art-making sessions for the whole family. Call in on Sunday afternoons for family-friendly, hands-on, art-making activities inspired by our exhibitions. Todd Energy Learning Centre. All ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 23-Jul-2017, 30-Jul-2017, 06-Aug-2017, 13-Aug-2017, 20-Aug-2017, 27-Aug-2017 View more sessions

Exhibition Insight

Get insights into our current exhibitions, guided by a member of our Front of House team. Big groups, please let us know you're coming, otherwise, no booking required. Meet in the foyer. All welcome.

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 23-Jul-2017, 30-Jul-2017, 06-Aug-2017, 13-Aug-2017, 20-Aug-2017, 27-Aug-2017 View more sessions

Len Lye: Happy Moments

Key works from the Len Lye Foundation Collection and Archive, captured in their historical moment. Beginning with Lye’s well-known kinetic masterpiece Universe and its appearance in Bounding Steel Sculpture in 1965 ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 04-Aug-2017, 05-Aug-2017, 06-Aug-2017, 07-Aug-2017, 08-Aug-2017, 09-Aug-2017 View more sessions

Artist Talk - David Clegg: Local Projects - Correction

Join New Plymouth artist David Clegg in conversation about his work loca projects/correction. David Clegg will talk about his work with Govett-Brewster’s Head of Exhibitions and Collections Sophie O’Brien in his ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 06-Aug-2017

David Clegg: Loca Projects - Correction

An ongoing project that proposes a re-engagement with reading and listening. Loca Projects - Correction is an archive of fragments collected from drifts through real and imagined urban landscapes, presented here as a ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 05-Aug-2017, 06-Aug-2017, 07-Aug-2017, 08-Aug-2017, 09-Aug-2017, 10-Aug-2017 View more sessions

Govett-Brewster Seniors

Talks for older people keen for a regular dose of art and culture. Join us for free-flowing conversations and experiences of contemporary art inside the current exhibitions. No knowledge of art is needed! Second ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 10-Aug-2017, 07-Sep-2017, 12-Oct-2017, 09-Nov-2017

Work In Progress

Over three weeks we bring museum work from behind the scenes into one of our gallery spaces. You’ll see the registrars, art handlers, curators, photographers and guest conservators working to prepare artworks for ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 11-Aug-2017, 12-Aug-2017, 13-Aug-2017, 14-Aug-2017, 15-Aug-2017, 16-Aug-2017 View more sessions

Taranaki Arts Festival - Tim Gruchy Installation

New Zealand/Aotearoa Visual Arts. Esteemed multimedia artist Tim Gruchy - whose work was seen recently with Imaginable at WOMAD NZ 2017 - returns to Taranaki with his exciting projections. This arts festival will ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 17-Aug-2017, 18-Aug-2017, 19-Aug-2017, 20-Aug-2017, 22-Aug-2017, 23-Aug-2017 View more sessions

Govett-Brewster Babes

Mums, dads and caregivers are welcome to join Govett-Brewster staff for an informal, free-flowing conversation about the art. No knowledge of art is needed! We're pram and breastfeeding friendly, and there's a toy ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 18-Aug-2017, 17-Nov-2017

Exhibition Talk - Work In Progress With Kararaina Te Ira

Learn about the art of conservation with Kararaina Te Ira. Kararaina Te Ira, the Curator Taonga Māori Collection/Poutiaki Taonga at Puke Ariki will talk about her work in the exhibition Work in Progress. ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 26-Aug-2017

Projection Series No. 7: First As Fiction, Then As Myth

At the heart of the Govett-Brewster/Len Lye Centre’s cinema programme, Projection Series returns with its seventh instalment. 'Projection Series No. 7: First as fiction, then as myth' presents three recent films ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 25-Aug-2017, 26-Aug-2017, 27-Aug-2017, 28-Aug-2017, 29-Aug-2017, 30-Aug-2017 View more sessions

Sense Art - Tour for Blind and Visually Impaired Visitors

We host a tour for people with vision impairments per exhibition suite. Join us for a descriptive touch and audio-described tour of our current exhibitions. Meet in the foyer. Donations appreciated. No booking ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 28-Aug-2017

Artist Talk - Christine Hellyar

Join artist Christine Hellyar in a conversation about the form, material and construction of her work 'Dagger cupboard' (1981). Hellyar's artwork from the Govett-Brewster Collection is included in our three-week ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 03-Sep-2017

Direct Film Workshop

Use cameraless hand animation techniques to create your own 16mm film. How did Len Lye make films without a camera? Inspired by Len Lye’s direct films, use cameraless hand animation techniques to create your own ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 16-Sep-2017

Ralph Hotere: Black Paintings 1–7

Ralph Hotere’s Black Paintings (1968–69) were the first works acquired for the Govett-Brewster Collection in the years preceding the opening of the museum in 1970. The series remains at the cutting-edge of minimal ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 21-Sep-2017, 22-Sep-2017, 23-Sep-2017, 24-Sep-2017, 25-Sep-2017, 26-Sep-2017 View more sessions

Surface Affect: Amanda Gruenwald, Jeena Shin, Michael Zavros

'Surface Affect' presents the work of three painters working with concepts of the surface, and the surface of their pictures, in different ways. The exhibition continues the Govett-Brewster’s long engagement with ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 22-Sep-2017, 23-Sep-2017, 24-Sep-2017, 25-Sep-2017, 26-Sep-2017, 27-Sep-2017 View more sessions

Reuben Paterson: The Golden Bearing

First shown at Pukekura Park in 2014, the 4-metre high sculpture is a darling public artwork in the Govett-Brewster Collection. For the festive season, Reuben Paterson’s hand sculpted, gold-glittered tree returns to ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 24-Nov-2017, 25-Nov-2017, 26-Nov-2017, 27-Nov-2017, 28-Nov-2017, 29-Nov-2017 View more sessions