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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.

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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

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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: 18-Nov-2017, 19-Nov-2017, 20-Nov-2017, 21-Nov-2017, 22-Nov-2017, 23-Nov-2017 View more sessions

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: 18-Nov-2017, 19-Nov-2017, 20-Nov-2017, 21-Nov-2017, 22-Nov-2017, 23-Nov-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: 18-Nov-2017, 19-Nov-2017, 20-Nov-2017, 21-Nov-2017, 22-Nov-2017, 23-Nov-2017 View more sessions

Billy Apple: Further Alterations

Since its permanent installation and acquisition for the Govett-Brewster Collection in 1980 Billy Apple’s Altered Staircase has been ‘re-altered’ on two occasions linked to renovations and changes of the ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 18-Nov-2017, 19-Nov-2017, 20-Nov-2017, 21-Nov-2017, 22-Nov-2017, 23-Nov-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

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: 19-Nov-2017, 26-Nov-2017, 03-Dec-2017, 10-Dec-2017, 17-Dec-2017

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: 18-Nov-2017, 24-Nov-2017, 25-Nov-2017, 01-Dec-2017, 02-Dec-2017, 08-Dec-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: 07-Dec-2017, 11-Jan-2018, 08-Feb-2018, 08-Mar-2018

John Stezaker: Lost World

This exhibition tours to Govett-Brewster from City Gallery Wellington. For John Stezaker, collage involves ‘a yearning for a lost world’. The British artist makes his collages from out-of-date images – ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 08-Dec-2017, 09-Dec-2017, 10-Dec-2017, 11-Dec-2017, 12-Dec-2017, 13-Dec-2017 View more sessions

Big Bang Theory

Len Lye’s large ‘myth’ paintings. The definitive multimedia artist, Len Lye was a prolific painter throughout his career. Len Lye’s acclaimed kinetic sculpture and his stardom in the world of cinema are ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 15-Dec-2017, 16-Dec-2017, 17-Dec-2017, 18-Dec-2017, 19-Dec-2017, 20-Dec-2017 View more sessions

Projection Series #9: Len Lye’s Jazz

Projection Series returns with its ninth installment. Len Lye carries the Projection Series into 2018 with an accent on the offbeat in Len Lye’s Jazz, a showcase of the filmmaker’s experimental films driven by ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 29-Dec-2017, 30-Dec-2017, 31-Dec-2017, 01-Jan-2018, 02-Jan-2018, 03-Jan-2018 View more sessions

Len Lye: Blade

A long-time favourite returns to the Govett-Brewster in early 2018 in Len Lye’s Blade. A seminal work in Lye’s career, Blade is a fan-favourite and has been a highlight of the Gallery’s programme since Lye’s ...

Region:New Plymouth
Dates: 05-Feb-2018, 06-Feb-2018, 07-Feb-2018, 08-Feb-2018, 09-Feb-2018, 10-Feb-2018 View more sessions