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01 Aug 2014

The Performance Arcade | New Zealand open call


The Performance Arcade announces its open call to artists from New Zealand and around the world for its 2015 programme of works. This annual exhibition and programme of events located on Wellington Waterfront has become recognized as an important platform for live art, with five successful presentations over the past four years.

A line of shipping containers creates a series of spaces for installation, performance art, sonic art, interactive media, forums and live music. Opening onto the bustling life of the waterfront, these sites of encounter engage the public in contemporary art and performance practice s outside the familiar constraints of gallery or theatre spaces

Proposals are invited for The Performance Arcade 2015:

(1)  The Container Series: shipping container-situated installations / performances
(2)  The City Series: a programme of performance events / installations occurring along the Wellington Waterfront, or extending into the nearby city.
(3)  The Stagespace: a sheltered outdoor stage behind the Arcade, with a bar, seating, lights and sound system. Ideal for live music, culinary art, and other performances.
(5)   The Audio-Visual Series: curated by Jacqui Wilson and Johann Nortje, this programme of moving image and sound works will be installed on screens and projection surfaces around the Arcade architecture.
(4)   The Arcade also welcomes proposals for new initiatives and concepts that may not fit the above.
We encourage proposals that radicalise the event or add new programmes or features.


The Performance Arcade 2015 is also proud to be affiliated with International Programme Sponsors Bolton Hotel, and supported with Creative New Zealand funding. A new development is a partnership with 30 Upstairs Gallery (Wellington) that provides an exhibition opportunity for artists in the lead-up to The Performance Arcade 2015. This includes a Performance Series exhibition for selected works in November 2014.

Download the Call For Proposals and Guidelines here.