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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Wroughtings is a performance walk (or 'manoeuvre) through the city that seeks to promote critical reflection of the built environment through a work of imagination. It sequences a range of quotations, selected from a broad range of sources by the artist. These include modes of inscription that are already present within the built environment of Wellington and that define a route along the waterfront and into the heart of the city.

Since the early 1990’s Brennan’s practice and research into the politics of place has surfaced as performance, sculpture, photographs, painting, and writing. He was the first contemporary artist to develop a methodology for the guided walk as a discursive performance one that he terms the 'manoeuvre'. Each 'walk' involves the collision of quotations with stopping points (stations) along a predesigned route. This approach differs from the conventional guided tour, wrenching the participant/’percipient’ into new imaginative and socially charged perspectives of place.

Walks start at 12.00pm on 11, 12, 18 March. Gather at the Writer's Walk poem by Elizabeth Knox, outside Wagamama on Wellington Waterfront.



Tim Brennan is an independent practitioner who has exhibited internationally for over 30 years. He is engaged in the notion of discursive practice through: performance, photography, sculpture, writing, drawing, painting, curating and teaching. Since the early 90’s he has developed approaches to art based on the journey (which he refers to as the manoeuvre). This work exists in a region between traditions of performance art, loco-description, history and journeying, and surfaces as an exponential mode of radical travel-writing. His recent journeys have developed older attitudes of ‘making art of the landscape’ to produce large-scale photographic works and miniature watercolours.  


Brennan has been quoted as one of the most important practitioners to contribute to the social and political role of contemporary art and has been sited as developing and applying the concerns of minimalism, performance, land art and conceptualism within the social fabric. 

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