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The Performance Arcade brings together visual arts and performance in a specially curated ‘exhibition-event’ of live art practices on Wellington Waterfront. An arrangement of shipping containers and scaffold structures provides a temporary architecture for this unique project, housing a bar space, a programme of live music and events, and new performance installations by NZ and International artists. Open 13 hours a day, this event is free to the Wellington public.

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Reuben Friend (b.1981) has a Master’s Degree in Philosophy and Post Graduate qualifications in Museum Studies from Massey University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Māori Visual Art and a Diploma in Te Reo Māori from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. He is an artist, curator and is currently employed as the Director of Pātaka Art + Museum in Porirua. His artworks including painting and digital interactive media, using Māori painterly practices to interrogate narratives in Western art and history. He has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, with recent exhibitions including; ‘Gold & Greenstone’ at the Gold Coast Art Gallery in 201; ‘Art That Needs You’ at Tauranga Art Gallery in February 2018; and ‘Performance Arcade: Counter Narratives’ in Wellington in February 2018. 

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