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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Thanks to the amazing work and support of Urban Dream Brokerage we have acquired the old Sandwiches building at 8 Kent Terrace, Mt Victoria, Wellington.


A creative studio, a production office, and a display and walk-in presentation space all in one. The Performance Laboratory provides a space for the artists and crew of The Performance Arcade to be part of the city during the lead-up to its celebrated innovative arts event on the Wellington Waterfront.




To Get Involved

Feel free to wander past and check out what is going on. And if you are interested in using this space or if you have any queries we would like to hear from you. 


Please get in touch with Lauren and Grace:

We are excited to invite you to use The Performance Laboratory as an ‘open studio’ environment. We are open to a range of creative activities to be held here such as readings, lectures, performances, forums, and workshops. It is a space where we want to encourage experimentation and risk-taking with no expectation of finished works being displayed. A space to come together and work as a community.



Here three different communities come together around the creation of new works and experiences in Live Art: participating artists, the passing public, and the Arcade production team. The project seeks to blur the lines between creative processes, production and reception. The interaction helps the exploration of new methods, relationships, and perspectives between artists, producers and the public. Through The Performance Laboratory the Arcade community and the wider community get to involve the broader public in their vision for Live Art.


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