The City Gallery resides at the heart of Wellington’s Civic Square, and was the first non-collecting public gallery to be opened in New Zealand. Since its establishment in 1989, the gallery has earned a strong reputation for showcasing innovative, thought-provoking pieces. Art, architecture and design exhibitions from New Zealand and abroad are a prominent feature of this eclectic space. The Fault exhibit is a permanent fixture in this gallery, setting out to shed light on the city’s main vulnerability: being built right on top of an earthquake fault line.
A dynamic and always compelling curation of contemporary exhibitions is the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery’s speciality. This New Plymouth institution was founded by Monica Brewster in 1970 – her passion for the community motivated her to invest in the local art scene. Maori and Pacific works feature prominently among the gallery’s collection, as do thought-provoking pieces from across the country. The only permanent display at Govett-Brewster, however, is the Len Lye Centre, a film and kinetic art exhibit that pays homage to its namesake artist.