Dr Bronwyn Holloway-Smith (Pākehā) is an artist and author based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. She works across multiple platforms, both individually, and with a varying collection of creative collaborators. Her research interests span national identity, public art, new technologies, and the power dynamics controlling knowledge and information—particularly in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Many projects have stemmed from an examination of, and engagement with, new scientific and technological developments and the futuristic ideals and challenges they present and investigations into the entanglement of systems that shape and influence culture, technology and politics.

Her works have examined how shifts in technology impact on the creation and preservation of culture – directly utilising modern-day copying process to digitally recover or preserve pieces of lost or forgotten cultural items. She has also challenged many core values established in art, especially around the primacy of physical encounter, a heavy investment in the original, and a strong adherence to traditional models of ownership.

Her works often allow for – and encourage – direct user engagement through digital methods of reproduction. This is often activated by the use of Creative Commons licensing as a means of legally permitting the resulting user-generated works. In these projects, control is taken away from the artist, the collector and the gallery, and placed in the hands of the user – echoing an interest in issues around the democratisation and control of culture rather than the making of the objects for display.


Contemporary art. Investigative art. Public Art. Murals. Sculpture. Installation. New Media. Internet culture. Internet ethics. Participatory practice. New Zealand national identity. New Zealand modernist art history. Copyright.


  • PhD Fine Arts, Massey University, 2019
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, Dive Wellington, 2015
  • HLS1x: Copyright, Harvard University: edX, 2013
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (First Class Honours), Massey University, 2006

Selected Exhibitions & Projects


  • CURRENT: Guy Ngan: Public Art Hunt, invited research project, Artspace Aotearoa, Auckland, begun in Jun 2019. Curators: Remco De Blaiij and Lachlan Taylor.


  • The Southern Cross Cable: A Tour, City Gallery Wellington, Mar-Jul 2018. Curators: Robert Leonard and Aaron Lister.





  • ikono On Air Festival, ikono TV, Berlin and online, 6-29 September 2013
  • 2013 New Zealand International Film Festival, Auckland, 20-23 Jul 2013; Wellington, 3-10 Aug 2013 (Director: Bill Gosden)
  • Parkin Drawing Award 2013 finalist exhibition
    New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington, 26 Jul-25 Aug 2013
  • Among the Machines: Australian and NZ Artists, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, 6 Jul-3 Nov 2013, curators: Su Ballard & Aaron Kreisler.
  • Ghosts In The Form Of Gifts
    Makertorium, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, Wellington, 27 April 2013
  • Welcome to Pioneer City (video)
    Collaboration with Simon Ward. CoLab New Terrains Commission, Air New Zealand in-flight entertainment system, Jan-March 2013. Curator: Melissa Laing


  • Second child born.
  • Ménage à trois: Artist-run Spaces Exchange in the Asia-Pacific Region, XYZ Collective, Tokyo, Oct 5 – 28 2012; TCB artinc., Melbourne, Oct 24 – Nov 10 2012; Ménage à trois: Artist-run Spaces Exchange in the Asia-Pacific Region, New Zealand Curator: Claudia Arozqueta
  • Social Interface
    RAMP, Hamilton, 25 April – 16 May 2012
    Curator: Melanie Oliver
  • Improbable Objects
    What It Is, Chicago, IL, USA, 29 March–28 April 2012
  • The Obstinate Object
    City Gallery Wellington, 24 February–10 June 2012
    Curator: Aaron Lister and Abby Cunnae


  • 10:13
    The Engine Room, Massey University School of Fine Arts, Wellington, 3–19 November 2011
    Curators: Kate Adolph and Johnathan Titheridge
  • Small & Beautiful Takeaways, Mahara Gallery, Waikanae, 14 August – 13 November 2011
  • Game On, Hastings City Art Gallery, Hastings, 9 July – 2 October 2011. Curators: Jacob Scott and John Walsh
  • Pioneer-City.com (solo)
    Letting Space public art commission. Ground Floor, Soho Apartments, 80 Taranaki St, Wellington, 17 June – 10 July 2011. Curators: Mark Amery and Sophie Jerram
  • Pioneer City (Billboard) (solo)
    Ghuznee St Art Billboard, Wellington, 28 March – July 2011
  • Place Makers
    The Engine Room, Wellington, 17 March – 9 April 2011
    Curators: Anne Noble, Amanda Yates and Jenny Gillam
  • Lost and Found
    Bartley + Company Art, Wellington, 2-27 March 2011
  • CALH 2011
    Flock House, Bulls, 11-13 February 2011
    Curator: Sarah-Jane Parton
  • The Un-Sited
    Hancock Gallery: City Gallery Wellington, 29 January – 1 May 2011
    Curator: Aaron Lister



  • Ringworm
    Clubfoot Initiative, Wellington, 19 December 2009
    Curator: Melanie Oliver
  • Ghosts in the form of gifts
    Permanent installation, Executive Seminar Suite, Massey University Wellington and online, unveiled 8 December 2009


  • Travels in Europe and South-East Asia.
  • The Third Artist’s Film Festival
    New Zealand Film Archive mediaplex, Wellington, 11 April – 17 May 2008. Also shown at The Physics Room, Christchurch, 4-7 June 2008
    Curator: Paula Booker
  • Séance for Nam June Paik
    School of Fine Arts Gallery Basement, Christchurch Arts Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand. Screened as part of Tending Networks: the fifth Aotearoa Digital Arts (ADA) symposium, and in conjunction with The Physics Room’s public exhibitions programme, 23 February 2008
    Curator: Dan Agnihotri-Clark
  • Civilly Unioned.


  • Living Together
    Hirschfeld Gallery: City Gallery, Wellington, 23 November 2007 – 27 January 2008
    Curator: Jessica Reid
  • Mighty Box
    Square2: City Gallery, Wellington, 5 November – 9 December 2007
  • Territorial Pissings
    The Engine Room Gallery, Wellington, 8-25 August 2007
    Curator: Caroline Johnston


  • An Introduction to the Theory of Everything
    Hirschfeld Gallery: City Gallery, Wellington, 21 December 2006 – 11 February 2007
    Curator: Jessica Reid
  • Wildlife (solo)
    Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington, 27 October – 5 November 2006
  • The Drawing Show
    The Engine Room Gallery, Wellington, 16 August – 1 September 2006
  • Working Title
    Show Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 5 August 2006
  • Makebelieve
    Rm 103, Auckland, 6-15 July 2006
  • Draw’n’
    110 Devon St New Plymouth, 24-25 June 2006
    Curators: Bruce Phillips and Justin Morgan

Past professional positions held

  • 2015 – 2017 Project Director, E. Mervyn Taylor mural search & recovery project College of Creative Arts, Massey University
  • 2011 – 2015 Teaching & Learning Projects Advisor College of Creative Arts, Massey University
  • 2010 – 2011 Assistant to the Research Directors College of Creative Arts, Massey University
  • 2008 – 2009 Project Coordinator, One Day Sculpture Litmus Research Initiative, Massey University

Professional distinctions and memberships




  • 2013 Te Ika-a-Akoranga, multi-platform art installation, Letting Space and J. Walter Thompson
  • 2012 Video commission for Air New Zealand’s in-flight entertainment system, CoLab, Auckland University of Technology (AUT). Completed May 2012, screened December 2012-February 2013.
  • 2010 Billboard commission, Wellington City Council Public Art Panel. Completed March-July 2011.
  • 2010 Public art project commission: Pioneer City Showroom Letting Space. Completed June-July 2011.
  • 2009 Awarded 10th Anniversary Commission, Massey University Wellington, Acquisitions Team. Completed 2009.


  • 2014 Massey University Doctoral Scholarship


  • 2013 - 2015 CC Arts Mentor, Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand
  • 2008 – 2014 Director and Co-Founder, Creative Freedom Foundation (NZ artists advocacy group)
  • 2008 – 2012 Trustee, Enjoy Public Art Gallery

Invited Public Presentations

  • 2017 The Southern Cross Cable: Public art and New Zealand’s main internet connection with the world. Conference oral presentation. NetHui 2017: Trust and Freedom on the Internet. Aotea Centre, Auckland.
  • 2017 The Case of the Missing Wairoa Centennial Library Mural. Conference oral presentation. ArtCrime2017: The Symposium. Auditorium, City Gallery Wellington.
  • 2014 New cultural narratives for New Zealand’s southern cross cable Part 1: Te-Ika-a-Akoranga. Conference oral presentation. National Digital Forum, 26 November 2014. Wellington, New Zealand: Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand.
  • 2014 When you let go, surprising things can happen. Presentation and panel discussion, “The Internet Future of Art, Music and Video,” National Library of New Zealand, 24 November 2014
  • 2013 Big Data discussion series: Growing Up Digital. Panellist, chaired by Kim Hill, Royal Society of New Zealand Lecture Theatre, Wellington, 13 March 2013, and broadcast on Radio New Zealand National, 31 March 2013.
  • 2012 The Readymade Revisited. Presenter and panellist, Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 3 October, in conjunction with the exhibition “Peripheral Relations: Marcel Duchamp & New Zealand Art 1960-2011.”
  • 2012 Making The Most Of Creative Opportunities. Panellist, NetHui 2012, Sky City Convention Centre, Auckland, 13 August 2012.
  • Navigating the Tangled Web of Copyright (Te Ika-a-Akoranga) | Critical Forum presentation and panel discussion with Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Prof. Susy Frankel, Sophie Jerram and Megan Tamati-Quennell
  • Bronwyn Holloway-Smith and David Cross, artist talk, City Gallery Wellington, 4 May 2012
  • Pioneer-City.com Public Discussion, artist talk, Film Archive MediaPlex, Wellington, 15 July 2011
  • The Pioneer, invited art project pitch, Urban Dream Brokerage, Adam Auditorium, City Gallery Wellington, 6 May 2010


Among The Machines, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Susan Ballard and the artists
Exhibition catalogue, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 2013. ISBN 0-908910-62-2

Untitled [Ménage à Trois project publication], various contributors
Produced by TCB artinc., 2013. ISBN 978-0-9804449-3-3

Itinerant Promiscuity: A Space for Closeness [PDF], Claudia Arozqueta
Ménage à Trois exhibition catalogue, Enjoy Public Art Gallery, 2012.

At the end of the day, Richard Meros
Written response to Pioneer-City.com, Letting Space, November 2011. Published online.

Game On: A Selectors Choice of Contemporary New Zealand Artists, Jacob Scott and John Walsh
Exhibition catalogue, Hastings City Art Gallery, 2011. ISBN 978-0-473-19122-1

Utopia Hedonism, Kate Linzey
Place Makers exhibition catalogue, Massey University School of Fine Arts Litmus Research Initiative, 2011. ISBN 0-9864625-0-4

The Un-Sited: from the Wellington City Council City Art Collection, Aaron Lister
Exhibition catalogue, City Gallery Wellington, 2011.

Enjoy Recipes Illustrated, Edited by the Enjoy Trust: Amit Charan, Ann Shelton, Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Kate Woods and Molly Samsell. Design and layout by Duncan Munro.
Enjoy Public Art Gallery, 2010. ISBN 978-0-473-18182-6

Working Title, Raewyn Martyn
Written response to Working Title at SHOW, Enzyme Publishing, 2009, pp. 92-94. ISBN 0-9582706-0-0
Available via: http://www.show.net.nz/

S.O.S. – Save us from ourselves, Mark Williams
Written response to Wildlife, Enjoy Public Art Gallery, 2007, pp. 68-71

Interview with the artists, Jessica Reid, et. al
On the occasion of An Introduction to the Theory of Everything, City Gallery Wellington, 2006

Wildlife, Bronwyn Smith and Louise Menzies in conversation
Published for the exhibition Wildlife, Enjoy Public Art Gallery, 2006. Available from Enjoy Public Art Gallery

Together/Apart: five Wellington artists explore displacement and location, Andrea Bell
Published for the exhibition Sister City, Blindside, 2006. ISBN: 0-9775235-6-X

Selected Media & Interviews

CIRCUIT CAST | hosted by Mark Amery | CIRCUIT: Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand | September 2013

Postcard: Dunedin | Natalie Poland | Art News New Zealand | Spring 2013 issue: Volume 33, Number 3

Technology, environment and utopia | Art News New Zealand | Spring 2013 issue: Volume 33, Number 3

Australasian New Media in Dunedin | By Franky Strachan | EyeContact | Published 30 August, 2013

Well worth getting ‘Among the Machines’ projections | By Peter Entwisle | Otago Daily Times | Published 22 July, 2013

Among The Machines | With Lynn Freeman | Radio NZ National: The Arts on Sunday | Aired on July 14, 2013

Art For Cool’s Sake | By Todd Atticus | Salient | Published 5 June, 2012

Glancing at the History of Digital Art | By Peter Dornauf | EyeContact | Published 6 May, 2012

The Stubbornness of Sculpture 2 | By Mark Amery | EyeContact | Published 10 April, 2012

Pioneer City| By Rebecca Lancashire | The Listener | Issue 3711| Published June 20, 2011

Prime real estate? Look to the sky | By Diana Dekker | The Dominion Post: Your Weekend magazine | Published on June 20, 2011

[Pioneer City (interview: mp3)](http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/art/art-20110612-1425-pioneercity-048.mp3)_ | With Lynn Freeman | Radio NZ National: The Arts on Sunday | Aired on June 12, 2011 | Also available in Ogg Vorbis format

Exploring alternatives for our cities | Art News New Zealand | Autumn 2011 issue

Location, location, location | By Robert Johnson | The Wellingtonian | Published May 19, 2011

A second public art billboard project | By Alison Bartley | Connecting With Art (Blog) | Published March 28, 2011

3D printer deployed for the cause of art: Exhibition poses questions about technology and art | By Rob O’Neill | Computerworld | 28 January 2010

Makers and their magic machines | By Rob O’Neill | Sunday Star Times, p. C9.| 17 January 2010


“Our dear faultless and gifted friend Bronwyn Holloway-Smith: the central brain sent from heaven, was born in a log cabin on a sacred mountain.

Her birth was foretold by a swallow, and heralded by a double rainbow. At the moment of her birth winter turned into spring, and a new star appeared in the heavens. News of her birth was carved into trees and soon written into rocks, all across the country. She never had the need to urinate, or defecate, and the weather behaved according to her mood. Even in her infancy she learned to walk in just 3 weeks, and talk at 8 weeks.

As a school girl she corrected and chastised her teachers for their incorrect interpretations of history. While at university she wrote 1500 books, and composed 6 operas all of which are better than any in the history of music. The first time she went bowling she scored a perfect score of 300. The first time she picked up a golf club she played one round that was 38 under par with 11 holes in one. It was the greatest golf game ever so she retired from the game. She had great success at everything she did. She invented the hamburger — look how popular that was.

Not only was she an accomplished engineer, an invincible military master, and a communications expert who could coach winning soccer teams using an invisible transmitter. She was also an unprecedented director, composer and choreographer as well as a fashion icon whose style was in vogue the world over. She was a great champion of justice and peace, and her diplomatic skill made her the envy of everyone.

On the tragic day that our illustrious legend — born of heaven, the lodestar of the century — dies, the skies will glow red above the sacred mountain, and an impenetrable sheet of ice within the mystic volcano will crack with a deafening roar. And a crane, the symbol of longevity, will be seen circling for hours around a statue of the eternal wonder before flying off to the capital city. Thousands of mourners will gather for hours, convulsing in unison, all of them overcome by inconsolable grief.”

–Author unknown

This is the website of Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, an artist & writer based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand.
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