Friends of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery celebrate 50 years


Left to right: Gallery friends get ready to party in their 1970s outfits at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery – Doug Bird, Mary Perrott and Chris Herlihy. Photo/ Provided

Turning 50 is a milestone in anyone’s life, including Friends of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery who have supported the gallery since 1971.

With a retro 1970s theme, the Friends are throwing a gallery party on Saturday June 25 with disco balls and disco music to throw back to those hedonistic days when Leon Narby’s interactive installation Real time was the gallery’s first exhibition.

Friends and friends of friends are invited to the event to honor all the work the group has done in supporting the gallery over the years, said Friends president Chris Herlihy.

“From its first exhibition, the gallery has innovated in New Zealand Aotearoa with its focus on contemporary art.”

Chris says it wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so to support, promote and advocate for the gallery, the Friends were formed the first year the gallery opened.

“Since then, the Friends and its committee have helped organize countless exhibition openings. At first they even provided all the nibbles and refreshments, so that the openings have become the major social events they are today.”

Tickets for the party can be purchased online at the gallery’s website and cost $50, which includes music, snacks, free drinks upon arrival, and then a cash bar. And of course, there’s a dress code for the 70s – neon, retro or loud and proud.

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