About

Paul Brobbel and Lye photograms - Photo Glenn Jeffrey

I am the Len Lye Curator at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth, New Zealand. Previous roles have included Acting Director and Exhibitions and Collections Lead (Senior Curator) at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery,  Assistant Collection Manager (Photography) at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Wellington) and collection management roles at Puke Ariki Museum and Libraries (New Plymouth) and Auckland War Memorial Museum. In 2016 I was a Research Fellow at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds. My academic background includes MA (Classics), BA (Ancient History/English) and Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Museum Studies) from the University of Auckland.

Alongside numerous publications produced for the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre, my writing has been commissioned by Art Gallery of South Australia, City Gallery Wellington, Mangere Arts Centre, Getty Conservation Institute, Canterbury University Press, Museum Tinguely/Kehrer Verlag and MMCA (Seoul).

I have written for numerous journals, magazines and newspapers including Architecture New Zealand, Art New Zealand, Art News New ZealandLife and Leisure and the Taranaki Daily News.

I am the commissioning editor of the Govett-Brewster’s STATEMENTS publication series, launched in 2018 with Erika Balsom’s An Oceanic Feeling: Cinema and the Sea. The second in the series, Tangible/Intangible: The Sound of Sculpture by Caleb Kelly (UNSW Sydney) was published in July 2020.

An interview (September 2018) with me is hosted at Pantograph Punch.

You can listen to Kim Hill interview me regarding the work of Len Lye and the launch of the Len Lye Centre via this link to the 25 July 2015 episode of National Radio’s Morning Report.


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