The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre is a contemporary art museum of the Pacific, located in Ngāmotu New Plymouth, Taranaki, with an international reputation and reach.
Founded on the vision of New Plymouth-born Monica Brewster and her aspirations for a contemporary art museum for her city, the Gallery works with artists and ideas to engage people and build communities through contemporary art.
The Gallery continues to build on its 50-year legacy of presenting meaningful cutting-edge art, from local, national and international contemporary artists that explores and celebrates who we are – our people, our place, our communities, our cultures, our histories and our understanding of the world.
Transforming the city’s decommissioned heritage cinema, the original museum opened in 1970 with a ground-breaking exhibition and multi-sensory installation. In 2015 we opened the Len Lye Centre to share the work and legacy of New Zealand’s most internationally acclaimed artist.
Since then we continue to present a lively programme where people connect with art and artists through tours, talks, workshops, films, performances, music and education programs, and grow the permanent collection of paintings, video, installation and photography.
Featuring nine exhibition spaces, a dedicated learning centre, a state-of-the –art 60-seat cinema, ever-changing art and design store, and the celebrated onsite Monica’s café, there’s always something new to see at the Govett-Brewster.