New Plymouth contemporary art institution and home of some of New Zealand’s best photography, Govett-Brewster Gallery, turns forty this year and plans to celebrate with a multi-media street party.
On March 27, a host of local artists will present new works specially tailored for the gallery’s anniversary.
A large-scale projection and accompanying soundscape will be projected onto the new crisp white exterior of the gallery by visual and installation artist Tim Gruchy, transforming the building into a screen. There will also be musical performances by The Trons — a self-playing robot band created by musician and mechanical engineer Greg Locke — and veteran visual and aural electronic dance duo, Pitch Black.
Renowned New Zealand artist John Reynolds has been working closely with the Govett-Brewster in preparation for the event and will exhibit NOMADOLOGY [Loitering With Intent] between 27 March and 13 June 2010, featuring major new works produced especially for the anniversary and the unique spaces of the Gallery.
“Although geographically provincial, the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery has positioned itself at the epicentre of contemporary art in New Zealand for the past four decades,” said Govett-Brewster Director Rhianna Devenport. “The street party is also a fitting commemoration for the Gallery’s achievements to date and a great opportunity to thank the community of New Plymouth for its support and faith over the years.”
During the gallery’s fortieth year, the Govett-Brewster also plans to launch a publication detailing its history and impact, along with a new project which sees its sizable collection become available online.