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Exhibition opening invitation Sat 6 - Sun 7 Apr 2019

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Your invitation to the Opening Weekend 6-7 Apr 2019

Nicolás Paris Petricor II 2016, detail. Courtesy of the artist.

Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

Join the exhibiting artists, supporters and the Govett-Brewster team in officially opening and celebrating the new suite of exhibitions

Exhibition Opening Evening Event

Sat 6 Apr 2019

6 - 8 pm

Refreshments provided

All welcome | No rsvp required

Nicolás Paris: ko ngā herenga kei waenga i a tatou, lo que nos une, what connects us

6 Apr - 21 Jul

Colombian artist Nicolás Paris is the 2019 Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Aotearoa New Zealand artist in Residence. With an interest in architecture and a background in education, Paris’ project brings the outside environment inside, implanting ferns and lichens within the very fabric of the Gallery and the exhibition becomes a site of growth and learning, in constant transformation.

Mikala Dwyer: Earthcraft

6 Apr - Ongoing

Commissioned for the grand space of the Gallery’s lower ramp, Mikala Dwyer’s sculptural installation greets visitors on their entrance into the building. Dwyer - one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists - is known for her installations that explore notions of time and space, creating strange scenarios that play in the spaces between reality and fiction.

Len Lye: Art That Moves

6 Apr 2019 - Ongoing

Gallery 6

Art That Moves captures the essence of Lye’s tangible motion sculpture with a rotating selection of works from the Len Lye Foundation Collection. Audience favourites such as Universe and Blade perform alongside lesser known works such as Albatross and the never-before exhibited Pineal Flutter.

Projection Series #13: Suspended Agency, An Installation by Peter Wareing

6 Apr - 21 Jul

Shot and edited over the past three years in Dagenham - a London Borough which voted overwhelmingly for Brexit - this video installation follows a small cast of individuals occupying the margins of the city. Peter Wareing (NZ, UK) examines a distinctly modern condition: individual and collective passivity and numbness in the face of increasing political and economic insecurity. Curated by Mark Williams, Director of CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand.

Open Window - Shannon Novak: Sub Rosa

6 Apr - 21 Jul

The Open Window exhibition space continues with New Plymouth-born Shannon Novak’s Sub Rosa turning our attention to the secrecy and isolation of gay intimacy. Sub Rosa expands beyond Novak’s personal experience into the Gallery’s hallway and bathrooms to reflect upon the experiences of gay men in New Plymouth, both historical and present day.

Open Collection: He Rere Ke - Different Pathways

6 Apr - 21 Jul

The Open Collection series extends the Govett-Brewster’s Ministry of Education funded Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom (LEOTC) programming. Taranaki art and art history educators and artists are invited to reach into the Govett-Brewster Collection to develop an exhibition that enables teaching and learning for secondary school students within a gallery context. Students enjoy close encounters with artworks important for the understanding of New Zealand contemporary art. Guest curator Gabrielle Belz has selected works that collectively generates a narrative leading to wider conversations about social interaction and understanding.

Also showing until 21 Jul

Len Lye: No Trouble

This exhibition charts the early years of Lye’s career, observing his childhood in Aotearoa New Zealand and first steps as an artist in Wellington before an offshore departure that took the artist to Australia, Samoa and on to the United Kingdom. No Trouble demonstrates the range and depth of the Len Lye Foundation Collection and Archive, showcasing recent acquisitions alongside many rarely exhibited documents and artworks.

Opening Weekend Programming

Peripatic school

Nicolás Paris: what connects us

Sat 6 Apr | 11 am | Gallery 2

Join Artist in Residence Nicolás Paris for a walk through his exhibition ko ngā herenga kei waenga i a tatou, lo que nos une, what connects us, and a discussion on growth, learning, and the transformation of space.

Nicolás Paris Petricor II 2016, detail. Courtesy of the artist. Photo Oak Taylor-Smith

Film still from Beautiful Thing

Exhibition film

Beautiful Thing

Sat 6 Apr | 2 pm | Cinema

This film will be introduced by

artist Shannon Novak, in association with

his exhibition Sub Rosa.

Beautiful Thing - Two teenage boys in the London projects

come to terms with their feelings for one

another set against a backdrop of poverty

and violence.

UK, 1996, 90 min., Dir. Hettie Macdonald, R16

Exhibition Opening event

Sat 6 Apr | 6 - 8 pm

Join the exhibiting artists, supporters and the Govett-Brewster team in officially opening and celebrating the new suite of exhibitions.

The lower ramp in the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre. Photo Glenn Jeffrey

Artist talk

Mikala Dwyer: Earthcraft

Sun 7 Apr | 11 am | Cinema

Join artist Mikala Dwyer at a presentation about her work and her major commission Earthcraft.

Mikala Dwyer A Weight of Space 2017. Shape of thought, Survey exhibition at Art Gallery of New South Wales. Photo Mim Sterling

Peter Wareing Suspended Agency 2019, film still. Courtesy the artist

Artist and curator talk

Peter Wareing: Suspended Agency

Sun 7 Apr | 1 pm | Gallery 1

Join artist Peter Wareing and curator Mark Williams for a discussion about Wareing’s new installation Suspended Agency,

Govett-Brewster’s Projection Series #13.

Family Art

Sun 7 Apr | 1 - 3 pm | Todd Energy Learning Centre

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.

George and Julianne at Family Art creating their light and shadow drawings.

Māori and Pasifika Film Series

The Heart Dances

Sun 7 Apr | 4 pm | Cinema

When Czech choreographer Jiri Bubenicek and his stage designer brother Otto arrive in New Zealand to restage an extended version of their work The Piano: the ballet for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, the stage is set for a voyage into uncharted territory for everyone involved.

NZ, 2019, 99 min., Dir. Rebecca Tansley

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

42 Queen St, New Plymouth, Aotearoa New Zealand

Open seven days 10am - 5pm

Admission from Sat 4 Aug 2018:

New Plymouth District residents - Free (w/ proof of address) | All under 16s - Free | 65+ years - $10 | Visitors - $15

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