Bronwyn Holloway-Smith


January 01, 2006

Resume Curriculum Vitae

The wanderer above the cables. Photo: Evan Roth and Bronwyn Holloway-Smith Bronwyn Holloway-Smith is an Investigative Artist based in Wellington, New Zealand. She works across multiple platforms, both individually, and with a varying collection of creative collaborators. Her projects stem from an examination of, and engagement with, new scientific and technological developments and the futuristic ideals and challenges they present. This often results in works that respond to her distinct position as a female pakeha artist residing in a small and geographically isolated (but digitally connected) post-colonial pacific nation.

Recent projects have focused on aspects of internet culture, copyright, 3-dimensional printing, open source art concepts, Martian colonisation, and submarine internet cables.

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.

Her work has been shown internationally as well as throughout New Zealand, and she has works held in private and public collections including those of the Wallace Trust, the Wellington City Council, and Massey University.

Career highlights include: winning the 2015 National Contemporary Art Award; being commissioned twice by the acclaimed public art group “Letting Space” to create both Te Ika-a-Akoranga (with JWT) in 2014, and Pioneer City a major installation in downtown Wellington in 2012; inclusion in “The Obstinate Object” – a major survey of contemporary NZ Sculpture at City Gallery Wellington in 2012; being commissioned by AUT’s CoLab research centre to develop a video work for Air New Zealand’s Inflight Entertainment programme (screened on all international flights in early 2013 and later in the 2013 New Zealand International Film Festival); and being selected as one of the first artists to create a billboard artwork for Wellington City Council’s Ghuznee St Art Billboard series.

Holloway-Smith has also won the bi-annual New Zealand Open Source Arts Award 2 years running: once in 2010 for Ghosts In The Form Of Gifts and again in 2012 for Whisper Down The Lane.

She has served the New Zealand arts sector in several roles, including sitting on the Enjoy Public Art Gallery Trust from 2008-2012; working as Project Coordinator for the widely acclaimed One Day Sculpture public art series in 2008-2009; and in her current role as Project Director – E. Mervyn Taylor mural search & recovery project, Massey University College of Creative Arts.

She was Director of the Creative Freedom Foundation from 2008-2014, a not-for-profit New Zealand artist’s copyright advocacy group that she co-founded in 2008. She was spokesperson for the 2009 CFF-led “internet blackout” online public protest that gained significant media attention in NZ and overseas, paving the way for high-profile 2012 SOPA/PIPA blackout protests in the USA. She subsequently earned a place on the NZ National Business Review’s 2009 list of the “25 Most Powerful People In Technology”.

She is currently a PhD candidate at Massey University, undertaking research into New Zealand’s primary internet connection with the rest of the world: The Southern Cross Cable. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (First Class Honours), is a certified PADI Open Water Diver, and has completed additional studies through Harvard University.


PhD candidate
Massey University, 2014-current

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
Dive Wellington, March 2015

PADI Open Water Diver
Dive Wellington, December 2014

HLS1x: Copyright
Harvard University: edX, 2013

Bachelor of Fine Arts (First Class Honours)
Massey University, 2006

Exhibitions & Projects


To & Fro
Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga, 8 Feb – 17 Jul 2016

Third child born.


2015 National Contemporary Art Award
Waikato Museum, Hamilton, 18 Jul – 1 Nov 2015

PhD confirmed.

Aotea – It’s Our Fault Too curated by Petri Saarikko
Te Whare Hēra Gallery, Clyde Quay Wharf, Wellington, 16 – 29 May 2015

The levelling of Puke Ahu
Enjoy Public Art Gallery offsite project, Puke Ahu (Mt Cook), Wellington, 7 – 21 Mar 2015


Goodnight Kiwi or: Tonights broadcast has now ended, regular transmission will resumer at 6:00am, curated by Mark, Italy, December 2014-January 2015

PhD (prospective) commenced.

_Te Ika-a-Akoranga
_JWT Auckland with Letting Space, June 2014-present

_Wunderrūma: New Zealand Jewellery
_The Dowse Art Museum, 21 June – 28 September 2014


_**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

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

Ghosts In The Form Of Gifts
Makertorium, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, Wellington, 27 April 2013

Welcome to Pioneer City (video)
CoLab New Terrains Commission, Air New Zealand in-flight entertainment programme (all international flights), Jan-March 2013


Second child born.

Fair Deal: Copyright, the Public Domain and Fair Dealing in the New Zealand Creative Sector
Museum of Modern Activity (MoMA), Wellington, from 7 Dec 2012
Curator: Dr Dan Clark

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
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


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 2011Curators: Jacob Scott and John Walsh (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


Surplus and Creativity
DOC Conservation House, Wellington, 15-26 November 2010

Enjoy Recipes Illustrated
Enjoy Public Art Gallery, 29 September – 16 October 2010

Colonial Real Estate, presenting the new territories
Page work and website, Hue & Cry Journal, Issue 4, launched 24 June 2010, ISSN 1178-2374

First child born.


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

Married (civilised) to Matthew Holloway.


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

Rm 103, Auckland, 6-15 July 2006

110 Devon St New Plymouth, 24-25 June 2006
Curators: Bruce Phillips and Justin Morgan


To There and Back Again
University of Southern Queensland, Toowomba, 20 April – 15 May 2005


CupCup, with Thomas Baryle
Dowse Art Museum, 11 September – 14 November 2004



Project Director, E. Mervyn Taylor mural search & recovery project, Pro-Vice Chancellor’s Office, College of Creative Arts, Massey University, June 2015 – present


Teaching & Learning Projects Advisor, Pro-Vice Chancellor’s Office, College of Creative Arts, Massey University, December 2011 – June 2015

Assistant to the Research Directors, Research Office, Pro Vice Chancellor’s Office, College of Creative Arts, Massey University, July 2010-December 2011

Executive Secretary and Website Redevelopment Project Manager, Unlimited Potential, July 2007 – February 2011

Conference Manager, IE2010: The 7th Australasian Conference on Interactive Entertainment, October – November 2010

Project Coordinator, One Day Sculpture, Litmus Research Initiative, Massey University, Jan 2008 – April 2009

Professional Affiliations (Voluntary)


**_CC Arts Mentor,_ Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand, 2013-2015
Director and Co-Founder
,** Creative Freedom Foundation, 2008-2014_
, Enjoy Public Art Gallery, 2008-2012

Awards & Recognition


Winner, 2015 National Contemporary Art Award


Finalist, Parkin Drawing Award 2013


NZ Open Source Society: Award for Open Source in the Arts

Massey University College of Creative Arts: RATAS Award for Excellence in Support

CoLab (AUT creative technology centre): Awarded video commission for Air New Zealand’s in-flight entertainment system (completed May 2012, screened December 2012-February 2013)


Photo Remix Judge: Mix & Mash 2011 Competition


Wellington City Council Public Art Panel: Awarded billboard commission (completed March-July 2011)

Letting Space: Awarded public art project commission (completed June-July 2011)

NZ Open Source Society: Award for Open Source in the Arts

Affect Centre for Design Research: Surplus & Creativity Award: Softer on Materials


National Business Review: 25 Most Powerful People in Technology list

Massey University Wellington Acquisitions Team: Awarded 10th Anniversary Commission (completed in 2009)

Selected Public Presentations

New cultural narratives for New Zealand’s southern cross cable Part 1: Te-Ika-a-Akoranga: a presentation by Bronwyn Holloway-Smith at the National Digital Forum, Te Papa Tongarewa, 26 November 2014

When you let go, surprising things can happen: presentation and panel discussion on The Internet Future of Art, Music and Video, National Library of New Zealand, 24 November 2014

**[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

The Readymade Revisited, invited panel member, Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 3 October 2012. In conjunction with the exhibition “Peripheral Relations: Marcel Duchamp & New Zealand Art 1960-2011″

Making The Most Of Creative Opportunities, invited panel member, NetHui 2012, Sky City Convention Centre, Auckland, 13 August 2012

Bronwyn Holloway-Smith and David Cross, artist talk, City Gallery Wellington, 4 May 2012 Public Discussion, artist talk, Film Archive MediaPlex, Wellington, 15 July 2011

Online Public Meeting on the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) legislation: what happened, what it means and what the future holds, guest speaker, Bowen House and online, 25 May 2011

Fair Dealing, Fair Use and New Zealand, paper presentation, Art & Law symposium, Faculty of Law University of Otago and Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic, 29 October 2010

Inquiry into Copyright, invited expert witness to the Commerce Committee, Youth Parliament, Government Buildings, Wellington, 6 July 2010

The Pioneer, invited art project pitch, Urban Dream Brokerage, Adam Auditorium, City Gallery Wellington, 6 May 2010

ACTA Panel, invited panellist, PublicACTA Conference, Wellington Town Hall, 10 April 2010

Repeat Infringers and Related Issues, paper presentation, The Copyright Future: Authors, Owners, Orphans, Users and Repeat Infringers, New Zealand Centre of International Economic Law Symposium, Spectrum Theatre, Victoria University of Wellington, 30 October 2009

Introduction to Copyright in NZ, workshop, Aotearoa Digital Arts Symposium, Friday June 26, 2009

Copyright and Licensing Panel, panellist, Digital Learning Resources Conference: A Day in the Life of a Digital Learning Resource, Illot Theatre, Wellington Town Hall, 19 March 2009


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, 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:

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 Pieces of Writing

Bulletin.173, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Christchurch. Published September 2013. ISSN 1176-0540 (print); 1179-6715 (online)
Originally commissioned and published by City Gallery Wellington.

The last of the magicians, catalogue essay, published online, 2009.
Review of Actron and Reactron by Peter Trevelyan. Enjoy Public Art Gallery, 18 Oct-3 Nov, 2007

Peace may reign, catalogue essay, published online, 2008.
Review of Gospel by Murray Hewitt. Enjoy Public Art Gallery, 3-19 April, 2008. Published online

Words, and the lack of them, catalogue essay, published online, 2007.
Review of Your words in my mind become mind. Your words are mind now. by Layla Rudneva-Mackay. Enjoy Public Art Gallery, 11-28 July, 2007

So, where’s the art?, Article Review of No. 10* by Tao Wells. The Engine Room, 12-29 April, 2006
Magneto Magazine, Vol #13: Issue 03, 2006.

Interview with Monique Redmond about her project Inhabitants developed for LITMUS and exhibited at Massey University from 11-21 October 2005
Magneto Magazine, Vol #12: Issue 05, 2005.

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)]( | 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

Bronwyn Holloway-Smith

Written by Bronwyn Holloway-Smith who is an artist in Wellington, New Zealand. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter