This selection of works from the Govett-Brewster Collection encompasses a range of art practice documenting different artists' encounters with people, places and nature. Each artist has created work as a visual record of, or response to, describe an experience they've found intensely moving.

Each image is imbued with a knowledge of what the medium is capable of, in order to communicate the artist’s observations and philosophies. Collectively, this selection generates a narrative, leading to wider conversations about social interaction and understanding.

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.

Curated by Gabrielle Belz (Ngapuhi, Te Atiawa), a founding member of Toi Whakataa – Maori print Collective, committee member of Te Atinga, the visual arts committee of Toi Maori Aotearoa, and co-founder of Gallery Patea.

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