November 3, 2004

Curator, Len Lye Collection

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
Curator, Len Lye Collection

Len Lye (1901- 1980) was a pioneer film maker and kinetic artist of international standing. His films are recognised as groundbreaking work in animation and his kinetic sculptures have been exhibited and bought by major institutions in the United States and Europe. Just before his death in 1980 Lye bequeathed his collection to the people of his native New Zealand.

The Len Lye collection is held in trust by the Len Lye Foundation, in partnership with the New Plymouth District Council, at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. The Gallery was founded in 1969, with the deed of funds by a member of the community, Monica Brewster (nee Govett). The Govett-Brewster is the leading New Zealand contemporary art museum with an international exhibition programme focused on art from the Pacific Rim.


– Accession, catalogue and rehouse the collection consisting of Len Lye’s kinetic sculpture, paintings, photographs and works on paper and his studio collection and extensive archive.

– Establish and implement registration and transport procedures for control of the collection and to provide access for research and exhibition loans.

– Maintain relationships with key Lye scholars, institutions with Lye interests and curators to provide research access and logistical support to projects.

– Contribute research, access support and advice to the project for permanent display of the collection and Lye’s film works (held at the New Zealand Film Archive).

– Undertake original Lye research and contribute to international scholarship on Lye.

– Develop the Lye related resources at the Gallery.

– Direct publication projects associated with the collection.

– Deal with enquiries about the collection and Lye’s film works.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and training: Advanced degree in art history with an emphasis on experimental film and/or kinetic art practice in the early 20th century, preferably including a strong knowledge of Len Lye

Work Experience: Five years experience in curatorial work associated with a museum collection

Skills and Abilities: Excellent writing skills, collection management skills, project management skills. Demonstrated creativity and innovation in interpretation and presentation of artworks.

Working Conditions:

Physical Demands: Ability to lift 25 kgs

Special Environmental Factors: Isolated working space in collection storage

Closing Date for Applications: 26 November 2004.

Application Process: Please contact Human Resources at the New Plymouth District Council for an application form, the full job description and information about the terms of employment. Contacts: [email protected] ,ph +64 6 759 6060. New Plymouth District Council Private Bag 2025, New Plymouth New Zealand.

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