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.



This work is transdisciplinary in nature and is a very unusual cooperation between a performance artist and a creative writer. The Drowning consists of a looped screening of an eight minute video made during Morgan and Richards’ Residency in Long Island, The Bahamas, as part of Deep Anatomy 2015. This video was made in parallel to Morgan’s In the Hollow of Your Hand, in which Richards performed. It is accompanied by an audio of a reading from Richard’s creative writing piece: Undrowned, which she made as a reflection on the experience of performing in the video. 

This work is transdisciplinary in nature and is a very unusual cooperation between a performance artist and a creative writer. In this process the two forms feed from each other and to date it has resulted in a range of creative utterances in which the visual and literary sometimes intermingle with, or on other occasions, reflect, each other. Its boundaries are fluid and as yet there are no models to constrain its possibilities.



Sally J Morgan (NZ)

Sally J Morgan is an internationally exhibited artist based in New Zealand. Her artwork has been exhibited in France, Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, Brazil, Japan, Ireland, UK, USA, and New Zealand. She has had artworks selected for international festivals: at London’s ICA, at Belluard/Bollwerk Fribourg Switzerland and at the Performance Arcade, New Zealand. Her work is held in a number of collections. In the last year she has given performances at Te Tuhi in Auckland; Deep Anatomy in the Bahamas, and in collaboration with Jess Richards, as Morgan and Richards, she presented at the Mart Gallery Dublin. In 2016 she will perform at the Defibrillator Gallery Chicago as part of the IN>Time Triennial. Morgan is Professor of Fine Arts at Massey University


Jess Richards (NZ)

Jess Richards is a writer and performance artist. Her debut novel, Snake Ropes, was published by Sceptre in 2012, and was was shortlisted for the Green Carnation Prize, the Costa First Novel Award and the Scottish Book Awards. She was awarded residencies at Cove Park in 2013 and at the Ardtornish Estate (in partnership with the Scottish Book Trust) in 2014. Her second novel, Cooking with Bones, was published by Sceptre in 2013/14. She has collaborated with Sally J Morgan on a number of projects, and has had creative writing associated with this collaboration published by the Scottish Book Trust and the UK Sunday Times. She is currently working on her third novel and has recently taken up residence in New Zealand. She is a Massey University Honorary Research Associate.




14/6/2015: Undrowned, a text by Jess Richards in response to In the Hollow of Your Hand. Published in the Sunday Times (UK) and by the Scottish Book Trust, here:

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