Proposed Members Public Art Advisory Group
1. Bronwyn Holloway-Smith
Holloway-Smith is an award-winning artist and researcher based in Wellington.
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 being Director of the Creative Freedom
Foundation from 2008-2014. She is the Project Director of the E. Mervyn Taylor
Mural Search & Recovery Project at Massey University College of Creative
Arts (http://murals.nz), which has led her to
initiate a project to establish a New Zealand Public Art Register.
As an artist, she has over a decade of experience working on projects that engage the public. Of particular note is her ongoing project "Pioneer City", originally developed with public art commissioning body Letting Space. An aspect of this series won her the New Zealand National Contemporary Art Award in 2015. She has also won the bi-annual New Zealand Open Source Arts Award twice: once in 2010 for Ghosts In The Form Of Gifts and again in 2012 for Whisper Down The Lane.
Bronwyn has a strong connection to the Hutt Valley - she was born there, grew up in Petone, and her family still resides in the area.
2. Erika Duthie
Erika Duthie is a public artist based in Hutt City. For over 20 years she has been working nationally and internationally, self-producing large scaled ephemeral public artworks. She is best known for her whimsical tape murals that mix researched site-specific social history and live improvisational drawing in collaboration with partner Struan Ashby. She also co-creates multi-disciplinary figurative art installations that often include drawing, sound, moving image and 3D built elements as part of exhibitions, festivals and conferences.
Erika has performed several advisory roles in the Public Art sector. These include: public art advisor for E Tu Awakairangi Public Art Trust; selection panel for Common Ground Hutt Public Arts Festival; mentor for Access Aotearoa and Hutt Community Art Network; assessor for Creative Communities Lower Hutt; artist/presenter and panelist in a series of national and international art, public art, visual methods & education conferences.
As an educator, Erika led the Wellington Institute of Technology’s public art & drawing programme (2000-2002), New Zealand's first tertiary level public art programme.
3. Melanie Oliver
Melanie Oliver is the Senior Curator at the Dowse. Prior to joining the Dowse in 2016, she was the Director of The Physics Room, and held curatorial roles at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth and Artspace Sydney. She has an interest in public art and has undertaken curatorial roles in public art projects for One Day Sculpture and the Liverpool Biennial City States programme, as well as in gallery projects for RAMP Gallery, ST PAUL St Gallery and RM gallery. A frequently published writer and regular speaker on the visual arts, Melanie also has an interest in the educational potential of cultural institutions, furthered by a period spent at the National Library of New Zealand.
4. Walter Langelaar
Walter Langelaar is an artist, researcher and public art organiser from the Netherlands who is currently based in Wellington. He has international and local experience in public art as both a producer and a coordinator. Walter is interested in how rundown and unused urban and suburban spaces can be activated by art.
Currently Programme Director, Media Design at Victoria University of Wellington, Walter previously worked as Media programme director Rotterdam-based arts podium WORM, Institute for Avant-Gardistic ReCreation, organizing various events, exhibitions, and workshops relating to the (post-) digital avant-garde and its critics. He cofounded and ran WORM’s medialab and hackerspace avant la lettre moddr from 2007 till 2013. More recently, his long-term interest in the access to and re-use of vacant space in our urban environments has led to his current position on the advisory board of Wellington’s Urban Dream Brokerage.
Walter’s work in media art and design, ranging from installations and interactive sculptural work to collaborative online projects, has been shown in numerous venues, galleries and festivals such as Transmediale & CTM, Jeu de Paume, Gogbot, the Hammer Museum, Videotage, WORM, Ars Electronica, Melkweg, FILE Festival, MQW Vienna, iMAL, v2 and Medialab Prado. Several of his interactive installations have been commissioned as site-specific works in public space and/or institutional context, and are part of public or private collections.
5. Mark Amery
Mark Amery was previously director of Playmarket and is well known as an arts writer, developer and commentator. He has a particular interest in expanding the public commons and community involvement, from both a professional media and contemporary art perspective. Mark was part of the curatorial team at City Gallery 2000-2002, involved as a curator and editor on numerous projects, and formerly worked at New Zealand International Festival of the Arts and Artspace. He has extensive experience as an arts manager, curator, writer and editor. He was previously a member of the Wellington City Council Public Art Panel 2006-2012 and a board member of Kapiti Coast's Mahara Gallery.
Mark has worked on several public art projects in Hutt City, including those in the 2017 Common Ground public art festival.
6. Christine Atanoa Fagan nee Puketapu (Te Atiawa)
Christine represents Te Atiawa in art matters at Council. She has strong connections with Te Atiawa professional artists, knowledge of a range of artistic mediums including clay, and has experience in both teaching and making art. She also has connections to the Cook Island community.
7. Council representative
Councillor representing the arts portfolio.