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Opening Day Curator & Artist Tour: Several degrees of attention

Ralph Hotere, 'Black paintings 1-7', 1968-69, Collection of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Ngāmotu New Plymouth
9 Jul 2022
10:30 AM - 12 PM Saturday 9th July 2022
Meet the Curators from our upcoming exhibition and join them for a walk and talk through the new Collection show, 'Several degrees of attention: Thinking with the collection'.
Event type: 
Art, Exhibition, Public Program
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
42 Queen Street New Plymouth, 4310 Aotearoa New Zealand


  • Sat 9 Jul 2022
  • 10:30AM - 12PM
  • Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
  • Free
  • All Welcome


Meet the Curators from our upcoming exhibition and join them for a walk and talk through the new Collection show, Several degrees of attention: Thinking with the collection.

Māia Abraham, Elle Loui August, Simon Gennard, and Amy Weng will guide us through this exciting group show. They will be joined by artists Rozana Lee, Tui Harrington, and Sonya Lacey who will speak directly to their works in the exhibition.


Several degrees of attention features four curatorial projects, each one departing from a work or group of works in the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Collection.

The Govett-Brewster has been collecting contemporary art for fifty two years. The Collection tells a story of artistic practice in Aotearoa as seen through the eyes of the people who have passed through this place: the values they lived by, their affinities, and the priorities they set for themselves and the institution in their own time. Like all institutional collections, this one contains gems and omissions, anomalies and loose ends, and stories that remain to be told.

Several degrees of attention proposes four ways into, and out of, the histories we live with. Rather than building toward a containable narrative of the collection as an entity, each gallery acts as a chapter, thinking closely with individual artists; the contexts they inhabited, the material and intellectual problems they worked through; and the stakes at play in approaching, and navigating, their practices now.

Contemporary artistic voices have been invited to open new points of entry into Aotearoa’s art histories, and pose relationships between artists across generations. Each project is distinct in its approach, and in its own way, thinks with artists to pose the question: how do we make sense of what we inherit?

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Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

14 Jun 2022

Interests The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is New Zealand's premier contemporary art museum and home to the collection of modernist filmmaker and kinetic sculptor Len Lye. Admission is free.