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The Performance Arcade 2022 Applications Open



Thu 24 Jun 2021, 09:00 am


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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 – 5pm
TUE 3 JULY: SOUTH AUCKLAND, Māngere Art Centre, Bader Drive/Orly Ave – 6pm
FRI 5 AUGUST: ZOOM at 10am NZ time (8am in Melbourne, 6pm in New York and 11pm in London on THU 4 August ) 

Please email 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

How to apply

STEP 1 PROPOSAL DOCUMENT: complete a proposal document with the below information included. 

  1. Name/s of artists and proposed work.

  2. State clearly if you are submitting work for a shipping container, in the waterfront/city environment, or for our ‘Stagespace’.

  3. Contact phone number/s and email addresses.

  4. Personnel Involved: please include bios for your team

  5. Synopsis of proposed work (500 words )

  6. A detailed budget that specifies how you will resource the project. Provide commentary if necessary.

  7. A technical inventory (all electrical devices and equipment used)

  8. Plans, sections, and diagrams of the proposed inhabitation of your container, and/or other images of how the work will be realised.

  9. Additional material to support your proposal, which can include video, audio, atmospheric imagery, details of kinetic elements, technical setup or other specific features.

  10. Other notes of interest: please let us know if there is anything else you would like to contribute in addition to the proposed work.

  11. COVID management plan: how you would present the work if unable to travel to NZ.

  12. Please use PDF or JPEG file formats only.

STEP 2 APPLICATION PORTAL: Submit your completed proposal document in the Application Portal below. 

Applications are due by 5.00pm 27 August 2022 (NZ time)

For queries contact: / + 64(0)210653992  ​​


  • Strength and relevance of concept within contemporary performance, art, and cultural practices

  • Detailed and feasible design/installation/performance proposal

  • Clear budget with a realistic resourcing plan

  • Overall feasibility of proposal

  • Contribution to the kaupapa of the Arcade


1 PROPOSALS: We welcome proposals for new works, or the development and re-presentation of existing works.

2 PROGRAMMING: Artists can present in SESSION 1 (17-20 Feb), SESSION 2 (23-27 Feb), or BOTH SESSIONS.

3 SUPPORT: The presenting company for the event is The Playground NZ, who provides ‘umbrella’ management and resources for the selected works. This support includes container hire and delivery, exterior architecture, engineering, signage, security, curation, marketing, personnel, some shared materials, and other site-related organisation. Realisation and management of individual works are the responsibility of each artist. This involves sourcing funding, equipment, expertise, and labor for the creation of each work, as well as maintaining and supervising it over the course of the event.

4 FINANCIAL: It is expected that Artists will cover the costs of their individual projects. However, courtesy of the Wellington City Council Public Art Fund we can provide Seed Funding to assist with material costs, expenses, and artist fees. Please use the budget in your proposal document to indicate where this support is required. Seed funds usually cover between NZ$500-$2000.

5 PROCESS: A series of meetings, workshops and presentation opportunities will run from September 2021 until the opening of the Arcade. These help develop the curatorial vision, builds a collaborative community, and helps us rehearse or prepare for the event together. ​​

6 EXPECTATIONS: It is a condition of inclusion in The Performance Arcade 2022 that selected artists attend all programmed workshops and meetings, are available to set-up their work from 14-17 February, and can supervise their work while it is being presented. Artists presenting in the second session only (23-27 Feb) will set up from 21-22 February. Artists not resident in Wellington can attend workshops via Zoom. All works in shipping containers must be open from 10am-10pm daily, or as outlined in the final presentation schedule. ​

7 INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS: For international artists, we provide accommodation for the duration of event. With the logistics involved in bringing a work from overseas we welcome early submissions and enquiries from artists outside NZ. We cannot pay for the cost of flights.​

8 COVID 19: We welcome proposals by artists outside of the Australia/NZ bubble and will be able to help with visas. However, we expect artists to cover the costs of managed isolation and quarantine in accordance with NZ travel restrictions. Artists will also be required to present plans for presenting their work if events would prevent them from travelling to NZ.

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