Call for Submissions

Call for Proposals: The Performance Arcade 2024

The Performance Arcade

Wellington, New Zealand 6011


Aug 25, 2023


Aug 01, 2023

The Performance Arcade is an annual exhibition and festival programme of events located on Wellington Waterfront, with thirteen years of successful presentations from 2011-2023. Their 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, experienced by 60-90,000 people each year.

Key priorities for our 2024 programme include:

  • Returning to our 2012-2022 site on the corner of Waitangi promenade and Te Papa promenade
  • Defining Māori curatorial frameworks, roles, and tikanga for the event + performance art generally
  • Appointing leadership roles that bring fresh voices into the creative vision and future of the event
  • Up to NZ$5000 available to fund each selected works


Proposals for works located in shipping containers are welcomed, as well as works that travel through the city or occupy waterfront environments. This year we are introducing new sites of encounter with the addition of a Video Series for screen based works, the ‘Live Lab’ container for one day or shorter performances, and additional performance platforms spaces on The Ramp and Lagoon stages.

Application Instructions

Apply via the application portal.