• The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre is pleased to announce an open call for three professional artists, to take up residencies within their own studios or homes.

The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre is pleased to announce an open call for three artists in residence...at home.

Responding to the current conditions in New Zealand, this year’s residencies will take place in the artists’ own studios or homes for a four-week period.

Artworks created during the residencies will be presented virtually by the Gallery over the next six months. Platforms may include but not be limited to Govett-Brewster's website, Instagram TV, digital billboards and so on.

Selected artists will be supported with curatorial dialogue, technical advice, $2000 in support of studio or accommodation costs, a $3200 stipend for the residency period, and a $1000 artist fee at the time of the artwork’s public presentation.

Three artists will be selected from an open call, judged by a panel of Govett-Brewster curators.

The opportunity is open to professional artists at any stage in their career.

Applicants must be based in New Zealand or be New Zealand citizens.

Submissions need to include a brief biography and project proposal.

To apply, please complete this online submission form by 22 May 2020 at 5pm.

This project is supported by Creative New Zealand and NPDC.


The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre runs three residency programmes which reflect upon the value that guest artists and film curators bring to the life of a contemporary art museum, and the role we play in enriching and developing the arts.

Artist in Residence

Since 1992, the Govett-Brewster has hosted artist residencies for New Zealand and Pacific artists, representative of a diverse range of practices within contemporary art. The New Zealand Artist in Residence runs yearly across three months. The International Artist in Residence runs in alternate years and is for one to three month’s duration.

The programmes support a full range of professional practice, including dedicated time and space for new production, commissions for new projects and/or publications, and exhibition opportunities. Networking and exchange with local artists, curatorial staff and the public are enabled through collaboration, talks and visits to other main centres and institutions in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Example outputs from past residencies include the production of artist monographs, site-specific installations, exhibitions and lecture circuits. International Film Curator in Residence

Our International Film Curator in Residence programme was established in 2013 and runs in alternate years for one month. With the increasing global interest in the work of Len Lye, this residency connects the international film community with the collection and archives of the experimental film pioneer Len Lye, along with other historic and contemporary New Zealand filmmakers.

The Film Curator in Residence is invited to define and curate a film project for the art museum’s film programme. The residency is managed by Paul Brobbel (Len Lye Curator) with operational support and assistance from other curatorial staff specific to the programme. It involves working with cinematic media, artists, practitioners and institutions throughout New Zealand.


Studio and workshop facilities for the programmes are provided in partnership with the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT), with residential accommodation within walking distance to the museum and city centre. Programmes are by invitation only and supported by funding from Creative New Zealand.