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Let’s get digital

Updated: Nov 23, 2020

This year the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre’s artist residency programme has gone digital.

Supported by Creative New Zealand, the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre’s Digital Artists ‘In Residence’ for 2020 was created during lockdown, and in response to this, launched a call in May, for three New Zealand-based artists to take up month-long residencies from their own studios or homes.

Sorawit Songsataya, Rumours (Mermaid) (detail), 2020

Back in June, the Govett-Brewster announced the three chosen artists; Sorawit Songsataya, Meg Porteous, and Yona Lee. Pōneke Wellington’s Sorawit Songsataya is a 2020 Molly Morpeth Canaday Award winner whose video-installation practice explores the many tangents that connect and redefine our understandings of subjectivity and ecology. Meg Porteous works primarily in photography and film. Yona Lee’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Sydney’s Art Gallery of New South Wales, and City Gallery Wellington. Porteous and Lee are both based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.

The programme will give audiences an opportunity to follow the artists online, as they carry out their residencies, with updates provided on Govett-Brewster’s Instagram page. The artworks created from the residencies will also be presented on digital platforms.

The first of the three digital artists-in-residence, Sorawit Songsataya, completed their residency from their Wellington home this month. They shared insights from their project, which explored New Plymouth’s geographic and ecological histories, through the Govett-Brewster’s online platforms, such as this fly-through video, which provides an immersive view into the outcome of their residency; their exhibition Rumours (Mermaid) which is available to view 24 hours a day in the street-front Open Window Gallery.

Rumours (Mermaid) is on show until November at the Govett-Brewster, alongside LA-based artist Candice Lin's first solo show in the Southern Hemisphere, Pigs and Poison, which examines the effects of migration, race and borders through generations, and the largest exhibition of Len Lye’s film-making practice The Absolute Truth of the Happiness.

Look out over the coming months on Instagram as the Govett-Brewster introduces their next Digital Artists 'In Residence'. For more information head to


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