As part of Auckland Art Week 2020 you are invited to a special presentation by artist Bronwyn Holloway-Smith at Artspace Aotearoa. For the 2019 retrospective exhibition Guy Ngan: Either Possible or Necessary, Artspace Aotearoa invited Holloway-Smith to undertake a project to research and document the staggering oeuvre of Ngan's 20th Century public artworks.

Holloway-Smith will present what she has found through her research and what she plans to do with these findings. This presentation at the Artspace Aotearoa Karangahape Road Gallery space will be parallel to a special screening of the first major outcome of the project: Bledisloe Bebop, which will be screening on the Auckland Live Digital Stage in Aotea Square from Saturday 10 October until Tuesday 13 October.

Bledisloe Bebop brings an Aotea Square rooftop icon to ground level. Commissioned by the New Zealand Government in 1956, Guy Ngan’s mosaic tile frieze sits quietly on the rooftop of Bledisloe House. In 2018 the work was documented by Auckland Council commissioned drones under the instruction of Holloway-Smith. In this new work, Holloway-Smith pairs these images with a New Zealand jazz soundtrack from the era in a lively dance that highlights the extraordinary detail and playfulness of Ngan’s frieze.

More information about the screening schedule will be announced soon.


  • Free


  • Wed 14 Oct


  • 6:00 pm — 7:00 pm


  • Ground Floor, 292 Karangahape Road
  • Newton, Auckland