• In April 2017 Anthea was the keynote speaker for the CounterPlay festival. Her opening address was a performance in itself. Mathias Poulsen, the festival director explains it best: “The chair at the back, or the last chair in the row – both perfect positions if…

  • For the Playful Arts Festival Anthea was invited to share her performative game: The Portrait Exchange as part of the opening address for the festival. Having played the game before at the CounterPlay festival in April 2017, this was a similar challenge – to play…

  • In May 2018 Anthea was artist in residence at Astrid Noaks Atelier for 3 weeks. Anthea was tasked with activating a cultural heritage space at Rådmandsgade 34 in Copenhagen. At this time the space was threatened by development on either side. During her time there…

  • In early 2017 Anthea was asked to come and give a workshop in Jutland, Denmark to 10-12-year-olds in ‘how to brave’ which, inspired by Anthea’s first snowswimming performance also turned into a brand new performance piece: Snowswimming #2!

  • For 3 months Anthea was a researcher and artist in residence at The Capital of Children as part of the LEGO Foundation in Billund, Denmark. During this time her main responsibilities were to conduct research into how to communicate LEGO Foundation’s research findings on Learning…

  • For four days in March 2018, Anthea was an artist in residence at the A4 Arts Foundation in Cape Town. During this residency she had time to reflect on her most recent past experiences: working at the LEGO Foundation and participating in a Creative Facilitation…

  • Artist Residency at Astrid Noak’s Atelier, CPH, 2017Performance included in Copenhagen Art Week 2017 EXPERIENTIAL RUN: After spending just over a week immersed in Copenhagen landscape Anthea created an experiential run through a small area surrounding the studio that people went on in groups of…

  • During the months June and July 2017 Anthea initiated several performances at the Windybrow Centre for the Arts. For the opening on June the 16th as part of Alliance Francais annual music event Fete de la Musique she worked with choreographer Teresa Phuti and her…

  • In honour and celebration of Women’s month She Runs The Night invited women to come and run with us! She Runs The Night was a night run that was attended by 20+ women through the Con Hill grounds on the evening of the 17th of…

  • For Basha Uhuru youth festival 2017 Anthea Moys worked with 7 young theatre practitioners and dancers from Windowbrow Arts Centre and Market Theatre Lab in the creation of a performative experiential bright night run leading the audience from one area of the exhibit to the…

  • As part of my Experiential Runs through various cities, Newtown was one of the first areas where I developed one of these Runs. The first run was for a conference on art in public space. As one of the speakers I also designed a live…

  • For the GIPCA Live Art Festival 2017 held in Cape Town, Anthea Moys and Roberto Pombo worked with the Rosa Choir Project in creating a 20 minute performance that played with the very idea of what a choir is through performance. Video here!   Anthea…

  • “Misconduct” was an experiment in conducting and performance that asked the question: What if the conductor was conducting dancers instead of an orchestra? And what if the dancers were not allowed to hear the music and just had to respond to the conductors gestures? After…

  • The free portrait booth is a booth that one enters by themselves and participates in a playful experience for approximately 5 minutes. Upon entering the booth, the participant puts on the headphones and goes on journey whereby they end up creating their own artwork with the…

  • Fuelled by the desire to play with people from all walks of life and inspired by the belief that everyone can draw, “The Portrait Exchange” is inspired by ideas of exchange, structured interactions, and games. The performance is a portrait exchange between the me and any willing…

  • For the 2014 FNB Jo’burg Art Fair, the award-winning performance artist Anthea Moys will challenge artists, security guards, curators, cleaners, volunteers, organizers and members of the general public to a test of strength, as she takes on all-comers in the ancient discipline of arm wrestling….

  • In September 2009 I was commissioned by Visiting Arts, supported by the British Council, to participate in their 1 Mile Squared programme, investigating a square mile around Johannesburg Art gallery in central Johannesburg and ‘mapping’ the cultural, aesthetic and bio-diversity, in association with Kyla Davis and…

  • Dancing with Grannies was a commissioned performance by AAW! for the Women in Arts festival held in Newtown, 2011. For one month I joined a group of pensioners in dancing twice a week. We choreographed a routine together. This was then performed in Newtown on…

  • En Masse was a collaborative project led by Bronwyn Lace and myself in 2010. The project was about investigating the potential for trans and intra disciplinary conversation and collaboration and represented an attempt to merge the vision of environmental activism and the vitality of experiential art to…

  • The Window Workers was a commissioned performance for the 2015 BASA Awards. The theme for the performance was ‘transformation’. For this work I collaborated with artists Lavendhri Arumagum and Dion Monti and three 4th year Fine Arts students from Wits School of the Arts. The…

  • The Conductors (2014) was an experiment in conducting. Instead of one conductor we now have three… conducting one violer player. This experiment preceded the work “Misconduct” in which the conductor Matheu Kieswetter conducted a group of dancers in silence to a piece of music only…

  • In May 2015 I was a participating artist in the Johannesburg Pavilion for the Venice Biennale. During my ten day residency in Venice I made a new work… In the thirteenth century, the merchant traveller Marco Polo left his home in Venice on a 24…

  • CC Joburg Glasgow was a collaborative effort by artists Anthea Moys, Lindiwe Matshikiza and Dean Hutton and curated by Lavendhri Arumugam and Natalie Polombo. The project invited the artists to rework and activate a street level public billboard in Braamfontein. In expanding their interest in…

  • The Tin Can Choir was the result of a 3 week residency in Birmingham in October 2014. The project was a collaboration with Friction Arts and Natalie Mason and was commissioned for the Afro Vibes festival 2014. Friction Arts was commissioned to create a social cafe where people…

  • The Impossible Auction (2014) is a curated performance of some of the best live art from South Africa and abroad – past, present and future, real and imagined. It takes the form of an interactive art auction, at which the audience can make bids on…

  • In 2013 Anthea Moys won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Performance Art in South Africa. In response to this award the winning artists are awarded time and money to make work for the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown – a small city in…

  • Switzerland, 2006. Performance and video work. Snowswimming came about through a ‘accident’ whereby I fell into snow up to my shoulders whilst walking up in the mountains of Sierre, Switzerland. I am interested in the tensions that often occur in situations in which experimentation and safety…

  • In 2006, I rode the 94.7 Cycle Challenge, South Africa’s biggest cycle race, on a stationary exercise bike, obviously going nowhere and completely accepting the title of ‘permanent loser’. The performance provoked reactions ranging from encouraging cheers, to shouts of “fucking loser!” This interruption was…

  • In 2007 I participated in the Kin:Be:Jozi residency that involved artists from Kinshasa, Bern and Johannesburg. For this residency I worked with champion boxer and coach George Khosi and several boxers in his gym in Hillbrow, Johannesburg. For 1 month I trained with George and…

  • Have City Will Play (2006) was a one day event where we played two games in the newly developed public spaces of Newtown. I developed “The Nonsensical Obstacle Course” which was a race that was played in and around Mary Fitzgerald Square. Tegan Bristow initiated the game…

  • Unsaid A performance by Kai Lossgott and Anthea Moys. 2007. Performed at Spier Contemporary 2007, Spier Estate, Stellenbosch and Spier Contemporary JHB at Johannesburg Art Gallery, 2008. In ‘Unsaid’, water enunciates the acts of speech which describe a relationship between two lovers. Standing on two tall…

  • The Accident Series consists of three accidents that took place in various public site in and around Sierre, Switzerland whilst I was participating in the MAPS (Master of Arts in the Public Sphere) program in 2006. Inspired by the snowswimming accident, for three consecutive days I…

  • In Playing with Pirates I worked with the Pirates Junior Rugby team. In this performance we changed the rules of the game. I played the role of the ball. Throwing oneself into unfamiliar territory always involves risk. It asks of both performer and participant to engage in…

  • The Water Ballet Divas Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton. Art At Work (AWW) commissio for JHB Art Fair 2009. Collaboration with Toni Morkel, Choreographed by Tracey Human. Photographs: Dean Hutton and Chris Saunders “The Water Diva’s, Gauteng’s world famous synchro-swimming sensation, have been coaxed out of retirement! The…

  • The Fast Art Girls  AAW! Commissioned performance for 2009 Art Fair In collaboration with Toni Morkel and Roberto Pombo on the keyboard and our Chef James Happe. Photographs: Dean Hutton The Fast Art Girls with their Fast Art Trailer, exchange their ideas about Art, Value and Viennas….

  • Gautrain: Ophelia was commissioned for the ‘Urban Concerns’ project in 2008. The performance explored the symbolic dimensions of the monolithic Gautrain project at a more human level. These sites are transitional spaces of tremendous potential, but also threat. The futile act of digging with my hands,…

  • In 2008 I was asked to respond to an exhibition entitled “The World’s Most Dangerous Ideas”. I was working in Jourbert Park at the time and thought – sleeping in the park might be a pretty dangerous idea… In recent years, the parks and avenues surrounding…

  • Depression Prevention was a 5 step program that I developed for a residency whilst in Umea, Sweden, 2008. Whilst there, I researched the illness of depression which plagues certain areas of Sweden (Umea being one of them) at certain times of the year when they do…

  • Dada’s Daughters was a series of educational workshops with Grade 10 and 11’s at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. For five weeks over May and June, installation artist Bronwyn Lace and myself worked with the grade 10 and 11’s in creating a performance installation piece….

  • Waiting For A Horse Commissioned Performance for “Horse” exhibition at Circa and Everard Read Galleries, 2011 As I work site-specifically I wanted to work with the site where the galleries were situated. The performance Waiting for a Horse was executed over a 2 hour period  on the pavement opposite…

  •  HIV/AIDS: in it together was a series of workshops and public performances with an interdisciplinary group of Wits students. The workshops dealt with the stigma that still surrounds people living with HIV/AIDS and imagined different ways of bringing awareness about this problem through public performance art.  The…

  • The Number One Undercover, Unexpected Cleaning Agency Commissioned performances for Infecting The City 2011: Treasure. Duration: 15 minutes per performance. Photographers: Sydelle Willow Smith and Chris Saunders. The theme for the Infecting The City festival this year was “Treasure”. Commissioned to work with the ‘undervalued…

  • Flipside was a site-specific game for Braamfontein, Johannesburg and Friedrichshain, Berlin developed by performance artist Anthea Moys and 10 young creatives (Joburg) & games collective Invisible Playground (Berlin). Over the course of 4 weeks, these young creatives from Vega’s Imagination Lab 2011, Wits School of the…

  • Over the course of about 3 months from April 2012 I began working/playing with the Ansteys Kids as a participating artist in the <dis/play> art project, curated by Portia Malatjie. I would arrive on Saturday morning and we would start to play. Sometimes it was Soccer,…

  • Trade Re-routed is produced in partnership with the Joburg Fringe and the Goethe-Institut. At the Joburg Fringe the work is featured as an unjuried artwork, submitted by the Goethe-Institut.Curated by Nontobeko Ntombela. An intervention by Anthea Moys and Donna Kukama in collaboration with Shannon Ferguson…