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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NEST is a group of street artists coming together to work with urban annotation, cartography and visuality. The project will be realised in collaboration with BGI (Boys & Girls Institute, Wellington). 

NEST explores poetically improvised writing expressions from the community using mobile software and technology. This public collaboration will involve a series of collective drafting and writing sessions organised with local participants from the Wellington Boys and Girls Institute. Participants will work on improvised writing interventions that will be developed and organised in multiple locations around Wellington City, and shared through online social media platforms and on-site at The Performance Arcade via a large scale public display.




NEST is a group of street artists coming together to work with urban annotation, cartography and visuality. The project will be realised in collaboration with BGI (Boys and Girls Institute) Wellington. Floyd Garland, Leon Hohepa, Onyx Karati, are Wellington based independent street artists. Garland, Hohepa, Karati, Saarikko collaborated on a wall mural project for BGI Spring 2016.

Petri Saarikko works as a visual artist, and is based in Helsinki. Saarikko combines social commentary with his background as new media designer to produce community-based installations. His work is highly performative in nature and he does not shy away from provocation: often challenging ideas of national identity, artistic authorship, or official political discourses by changing their context and showing the true, artificial nature of these phenomena. His work seeks to expose power relations to make room for individual narratives. Saarikko curates independent social art spaces: Kallio Kunsthalle Helsinki (2011), Kallio Kunsthalle Wellington (2016) and collaborates regularly with his partner Sasha Huber Saarikko.


Concept & production: Petri Saarikko

Participating artists: Floyd Garland, Leon Hohepa, Onyx Karati

Support & hosting: Ross Davis, Eddy Davis-Rae, BGI Wellington

Supported by the Public Art Fund, Wellington City Council

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