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Sense Art: Swallowing Geography

Matt Pine, 'F' Series no.2 - Impressions on Gate Pā (excavations), 1979 - 2021 (realised by the Parekōwhai studio), installation image, Gallery 1, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Image: Bryan James.
31 Jan 2022
Monday 31st Jan 2022
Join us for a tactile and audio-described tour of our current exhibition 'Swallowing Geography'.
Event type: 
Art, Exhibition, Public Program
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre
42 Queen Street New Plymouth, 4310 Aotearoa New Zealand


  • Mon 31 Jan 2022
  • 2 - 3PM
  • Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre
  • Free
  • Meet in foyer
  • This event is especially for our visually impaired visitors
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Under the new Traffic Light protection framework please show your vaccine pass on arrival at the gallery to attend this event.
  • Covid sign-in and mask wearing required by all visitors to the Gallery.

Join us for a tactile and audio-described tour of our current exhibition Swallowing GeographySwallowing Geography is an exhibition that explores our relationship with land and place. It is about how we absorb the landscape and our built environment and how we ingest or take in the histories of sites and places both explicit and oblique.

The show is centred on the particular whenua (lands) and histories of Taranaki. It also encompasses ‘peripheral situations’, the ephemeral ‘nature of interactions’ and the ‘overlooked everyday’. They are notions that are realised through the responses of four leading contemporary New Zealand artists.

Matt Pine (Te Ātiawa, Te Atihaunui-a- Pāpārangi and Ngāti Tūwharetoa), Shona Rapira Davies (Ngāti Wai ki Aotea), Kate Newby (Auckland, New Zealand, Texas and New York, USA) and Ana Iti (Te Rarawa), were invited to create site responsive works for the exhibition.

Integral to Swallowing Geography is also an acknowledgement of Ngāti Te Whiti iwi as haukaingā and mana whenua of Ngā Motu (New Plymouth).

This event is especially for our visually impaired visitors, guide dogs welcome.

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Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

21 Dec 2021

Interests The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is New Zealand's premier contemporary art museum and home to the collection of modernist filmmaker and kinetic sculptor Len Lye. Admission is free.