Current Exhibitions

Maree Horner <em>Diving Board</em> 1974-98. Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Collection
All Lines Converge
  • 17 Dec 2016 — 20 Mar 2017
  • Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

Including work by artists Fiona Clark, The Estate of L.Budd , Christine Hellyar, Lisa Reihana and Maree Horner, this exhibition invites audiences to consider how the Gallery has built its collection over the past four decades.

<em>Len Lye</em> c.1979. Image courtesy of the Len Lye Foundation Collection, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre
Len Lye: Experimental Moves
  • 10 Dec 2016 — 26 Mar 2017
  • Len Lye Centre

With 'scratch' film, kinetic sculpture and items from the artist’s archive, Experimental Moves revisits the pivotal years when Lye shifted his focus from one medium to the other.

Len Lye <em>Flip and Two Twisters (Trilogy)</em> 1977, 2016 at the Len Lye Centre. Govett-Brewster Collection. Photo Bryan James
Flip and Two Twisters (Trilogy)
  • 12 Oct 2016 — 26 Mar 2017
  • Len Lye Centre

Trilogy performs at 12pm midday and 2pm weekdays (except Tuesdays) and 11am, 1pm and 3pm on weekends for 10mins.

WharehokaSmith <em>Kureitanga II IV</em> 2016, installation view at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Courtesy the artist. Photo Sam Hartnett
WharehokaSmith: Kureitanga II IV
  • 1 Sep 2016 — Ongoing
  • Todd Energy Learning Centre

A new commission, Kureitanga II IV, by Taranaki artist WharehokaSmith (Taranaki, Te Ātiawa, Ngā Ruahine) is reflective of designs used by Māori to decorate wharenui (ceremonial communal houses), clothing, objects and architectural spaces.



Tom Kreisler <em>Night Weather</em> 1984.
1270 x 1050mm, Acrylic and dyes on canvas.
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Collection. Purchased with the assistance of the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of New Zealand in 1987
Open Collection #3: Tom
  • 27 Mar — 30 Jul
  • Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre

Eager to celebrate the quirkiness of everyday life through his art, Kreisler asks his audiences to look at the world around them in a different way – encouraging both a sense of amusement and quiet contemplation.

Hany Armanious <em>Selflok</em> 1993-2001 (detail, installation view). Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Collection. Photo Bryan James.
In Play: Hany Armanious, Peter Robinson, Jim Speers
  • 1 Apr — 23 Jul
  • Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

In markedly differing ways, each artist has built a multi-fold construction that plays with scale, colour and material to challenge audience expectations around art and everyday objects, public spaces and image-making, as well as modernism and the imagination.