July 28, 2014 - Govett-Brewster Art Gallery - Seeking Assistant Len Lye Curator
July 28, 2014

Seeking Assistant Len Lye Curator

Len Lye, Self Portrait (with Night Tree), 1947. Gelatin silver print, 405 x 335 mm. Len Lye Foundation Collection, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.

Seeking Assistant Len Lye Curator

Application deadline:
1 August 2014

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery /

New Plymouth
New Zealand

T +64 6 759 0854


The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is New Zealand’s contemporary art museum located in the dynamic coastal city of New Plymouth in Taranaki on the North Island of Aotearoa, New Zealand. Since opening in 1970, the Gallery has dedicated itself to innovative programming, focused collection development and audience engagement. It has earned a strong reputation nationally and internationally for its global vision and special commitment to contemporary art of the Pacific Rim. The Govett-Brewster is also home to the collection and archive of the seminal modernist filmmaker and kinetic sculptor Len Lye (1901–1980).

The museum develops and maintains an important contemporary and modern art collection, operates an international and New Zealand artist residency programme, and presents a diverse programme of exhibitions and public engagement. Through publications, its website and discursive events that extend beyond its walls, the Gallery drives the development and exploration of contemporary art within New Zealand contemporary culture.

A greatly expanded museum will be re-launched in 2015 with the addition of the Len Lye Centre. The new building, designed by award-winning New Zealand architects Patterson Associates, is the repository of the works, archive, and spirit of Len Lye. Its expansive exhibition spaces, archive room, education studio, and dedicated 62-seat cinema, will give the Govett-Brewster means to truly research, exhibit and disseminate the unique work and vision of Len Lye.

The museum is looking for an Assistant Len Lye Curator to support the Len Lye Curator, Paul Brobbel, in the research, development, and exhibition associated with the Len Lye Collection. The candidate will be joining the museum at one of the most exciting times in its history heading into the re-opening in 2015, lead by recently appointed Director Simon Rees.

Reporting to the Len Lye Curator, the focus of this role is to assist the Len Lye Curator with the storage, cataloguing and displaying of the works of Len Lye. Responsibilities include collection and archive access, research and scholarship, archive collective management and exhibitions and publications assistance. 

Successful applicants will have previous experience with collection management in a museum or gallery, be familiar with Vernon CMS and the ability to work well within a team environment. Excellent organisational skills and a strong customer focus are desirable in addition to being able to work under pressure. A relevant tertiary qualification is preferred. 

Applications close on 1 August 2014.

Click here to apply online.


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