June 25, 2021

THE PERFORMANCE ARCADE 2022 open wānanga through July; apply by 27/8  



The Performance Arcade announces its open call to artists from Aotearoa and around the world for its 2022 programme of works (open from 17-27 February). Also, for the first time ever… we will be running a nationwide series of wānanga for public and artists interested in the event over the following month.

The Performance Arcade is an annual exhibition and festival programme of events located on Wellington Waterfront, with ten years of successful presentations from 2011-2021. Our hybrid gallery/stage architecture is made from an assembly of shipping containers that create a series of spaces for installation, performance art, sonic art, interactive media, video-art, forums, theatre, dance, and live music. Opening onto the bustling Wellington Waterfront, these sites of encounter engage the public in contemporary art and performance practices outside the familiar constraints of gallery or theatre spaces, visited by 60-90,000 people each year.

Proposals for works located in shipping containers are welcomed, as well as works that travel through the city, or occupy waterfront environments.

In order to help artists understand the event and develop their proposals for PA2022, we will be running open wānanga at locations across Aotearoa: in Wellington, Porirua, Dunedin, Christchurch, Whanganui, Hastings, Auckland, and South Auckland. We will also run a Zoom session for artists outside these regions or living overseas. Artists will have the opportunity to talk with the curatorial team about their ideas at these events, and we will present information on The Performance Arcade.

SUN 4 JUL: PORIRUA, Pātaka Art + Museum, 17 Parumoana St – 3pm
MON 5 JUL: WELLINGTON, Toi Pōneke Arts Centre, 61/69 Abel Smith St – 5.30pm

WED 7 JULY: ŌTEPOTI, Dunedin Fringe Office, 26 Princes St – 5pm

FRI 9 JULY: ŌTAUTAHI, Makerspace, Christchurch Art Centre, 2 Worcester Blvd – 5.30pm

FRI 16 JULY: WHANGANUI, Whanganui Arts Centre, 19 Taupo Quay – 1pm

SAT 24 JULY: HAWKES BAY, Hastings Community Art Gallery, 106 Russell St – 3pm

FRI 30 JULY: AUCKLAND, Old Folks Association, 8 Gundry St, Newton – 6pm

TUE 3 JULY: SOUTH AUCKLAND, Māngere Art Centre, Bader Drive/Orly Ave – 5pm

FRI 5 AUGUST: ZOOM at 10am NZ time (8am in Melbourne, 6pm in New York and 11pm in London on Thursday 4 August )

Please email theplaygroundnz@gmail.com to RSVP and register for the Zoom event.

The Performance Arcade is curated by Sam Trubridge (artistic director) and Graham Frost (associate director) working with a panel of NZ artists, producers, and curators.

We recognise the Mana Whenua of Te Upoko-o-te-Ika-a-Maui (Te Ati Awa, Taranaki Whānui) where we present our work every year, and are committed to actively promoting diversity, accessibility, and inclusivity in the presentation of artists and audience experience of our event.

Applications close at 5pm, 27 AUGUST 2021

Results announced 10 SEPTEMBER 2021

For more information, and to submit your proposal, visit our website


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