Summer Arts

Summer arts

Home Work: Taranaki Art 2020

Temporary Gallery, Puke Ariki Museum
26 September 2020 – 8 February 2021

Step into a world of home grown creativity at Puke Ariki’s Home Work exhibition. A celebration of the vibrant art scene our region is known for, Home Work brings together artwork created right around te mounga Taranaki and acknowledges the vital role art plays in forming a vibrant community. Fifty-seven pieces from established and emerging local talent are on display, each embodying the theme of ‘Tuku Iho’, celebrating the link between present, past and future.

Image: L-R, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (2019), Tony Rumball. Red Dress (2020), Anna Korver, Horizon No. 1 (2019), Anna Cleland. 

Redecorating Taranaki

Lane Gallery, Level 2 Puke Ariki Library
18 July 2020 - 31 January 2021

In 2019, New Plymouth jewellers Jennifer Laracy and Sam Kelly held a series of community workshops inviting people to tell them about and design a medal for someone they think deserves to be honoured. Taking inspiration from those stories and the objects in the museum’s storeroom, Jennifer and Sam have created ten new awards that represent what we value in Taranaki today.

Brett Graham: Tai Moana Tai Tangata

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre
5 Dec 2020 — 15 Mar 2021

A solo exhibition of new work by Brett Graham (Ngāti Kōroki Kahukura, Tainui), Govett-Brewster Art Gallery's 2019 Artist in Residence. Curated by Anna-Marie White (Te Ātiawa), the art works revisit key events of New Zealand history as witnessed by Māori who suffered the most severe penalties of the colonial process. The exhibition unfolds these events in the present to make an urgent statement about the future.

Image: Manukau 2020, video animation still, Brett Graham and Ken Gorrie, Animation Research Ltd.

Maioha Kara: Salutations

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre
5 Dec 2020 — 15 Mar 2021

A new work that acknowledges the changing of the seasons: what was, what is and what will come. View a new commission by Maioha Kara (Waikato, Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Arawa, Ngāti Porou) in the Open Window Gallery on Queen St, New Plymouth. Kara draws on the geometric patterns of Māori and Cook Island art forms, including whakairo, raranga, tukutuku, kōwhaiwhai and tivaevae, to explore the cycles and systems of te ao Māori and the natural world.

Image: Maioha Kara, Salutations, 2020, (detail). Rimu, glitter and stain. Image courtesy of the artist.

Meg Porteous: Germinal centre

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre
6 Dec 2020 — 31 Jan 2021

Germinal centre is the outcome of Meg Porteous’ digital residency with the Govett-Brewster. Exhibited on posters and billboards around New Plymouth, Germinal centre troubles distinctions between the personal and the public; the private and the commercial; the advertisement and the artwork to examine how identity is constructed through the images we produce of ourselves.

Image: Meg Porteous, versions, 2020, installation photo, cnr Devon and Liardet St, New Plymouth.

Len Lye: Sky Snakes

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre
29 Feb 2020 — 11 Apr 2021

A new large-scale kinetic sculpture from the Len Lye Foundation, Sky Snake is a dancing large-scale kinetic sculpture featuring seven, ceiling mounted spinning Sky Snakes. A rotating, spinning chain creates harmonic wave patterns or figures familiar to Lye's other works, and traveling waves that move up and down the chain. A brass ball at the bottom end of the chain represents the head of a snake.  

Image: Len Lye Sky Snake 1965 (reconstruction 2019). Courtesy the Len Lye Foundation Collection. Photo Francis Vissers.


9 January 2021
TSB Bowl of Brooklands

This summer sees Kiwi band L.A.B bringing their renowned live sound to the TSB Bowl of Brooklands, for an epic evening of music you will not want to miss. Joining L.A.B for this show is an exciting range of some of NZ's finest talents, including Wellington-legends The Black Seeds, indie-rockers Mako Road, Taranaki-local vocalist Bailey Wiley, and acclaimed singer-songwriter Anna Coddington.


23 January 2021
TSB Bowl of Brooklands

Synthony will be a magical, uplifting, hands-in-the-air dance party like no other. A unique collaboration between the Auckland Symphony Orchestra, DJ's and vocalists, complete with a spectacular light, laser and LED show illuminating the iconic Bowl. The afternoon will kick off with never-before performed classic summer grooves and head into the night with the club favourites that Synthony is famous for.


30 January 2021
TSB Bowl of Brooklands

Kiwi legends SIX60 will rock the TSB Bowl of Brooklands again! Following their electrifying sold-out concert last summer, SIX60 Saturdays will return to the Bowl on Saturday 30 January with support from Shapeshifter, Ladi6, Foley and Valkyrie. Secure your tickets early, this will sell out again!

Summer at the Bowl

Your Summer at the Bowl is sorted. There’s nothing better than getting your friends together for a Bowl concert. We’ve got something for everyone with this year’s line-up.
To get you feeling festive bring the family along to Christmas at the Bowl – December 20.
We have just about every weekend in January sorted for you too with:
L.A.B - 9 Jan
Synthony - 23 Jan
Six60 - 30 Jan
And to wrap up summer, Crowded House - March 20.