Artist Becca Wood invites you to join her at the edge of Avondale Racecourse for The Public Stand, an audio guided walk through the Racecourse grounds, which takes place as part of the performance series, About walking. This event is part of the Kōanga/Spring 2020 About walking performances, presented by Te Uru, in partnership with Christina Houghton and Melissa Laing.

The Public Stand is a choreoauratic walk that brings attention to the uncertainty of what lies ahead for the Avondale Racecourse. Wearing headphones, the participants tune in towards their moving bodies, the site, the disappearing the unseen and the unspeakable. Through walking with and listening to the site’s histories, this series reimagines lost and forgotten stories, and present and possible futures. As a collective, the audience walks together towards the unknown.

Having presented previous works on sites and in buildings that are in a state of disrepair or uncertainty, Wood continues to raise consciousness of threshold spaces and the forgotten stories of our cities. She says: ‘Slowing down to listen, the sounds sink inwards to the middle of me... Slowing down my pace in the cityscape in order to make visible the hidden spaces, lost landscapes, - feeling the shadows cross me, the back streets... the voice of the street – this part of this, or part of us?’

Download the audio track at and bring your headphones.

This walk will be offered as a group experience at Alert level 1 and 2 starting at 3:30 pm, and as a staggered solo experience at Alert Level 3 or 4 starting between 2:30 and 4:30 pm.

Sign up for free tickets at and you will be provided with a time slot and further details in the week before the walk. (Updates will be announced at and on the About Walking Facebook event page

About walking is a contemporary art series that explores the relationship between walking and art. It takes place over 16 months and is put together by curators Christina Houghton and Melissa Laing, in partnership with Te Uru. Starting in September 2019 and finishing in December 2020, twelve artists and one writer create walks-as-artworks and artworks-as-walks, and invite the public to join them in moving through the spaces of Auckland, co-creating the works with their passage.

The participating artists are: Rodney Bell, Suzanne Cowan, Vanessa Crofskey, Christina Houghton, Melissa Laing, Jeremy Leatinu’u, Lana Lopesi, Andrew McMillan, Richard Orjis, val smith, Pīta Turei, Layne Waerea and Becca Wood.

Future walks in the series are scheduled for:

Saturday 10 October, Wayfinding Waikumete, Christina Houghton. Meet at the Glen Eden Train Station

Saturday 31 October, Mauria, Jeremy Leatinu’u. Meet at Waterview Reserve, Herdman St, Waterview

Saturday 21 November, cruising, lazing, leaning, Richard Orjis. Meet at Te Wai Orea / Western Springs Park at the bottom of Stadium Road

Further details to follow soon on ArtNow.NZ/events


  • Free - booking essential


  • Sat 12 Sep


  • 3:30 pm


  • Avondale Racecourse - full details provided after booking your free place