Residency artists and researchers

Performing arts, performance art

Anthea Moys

Artist, educator & PhD candidate

During my residency at Saari, in taking advantage of the unique, quiet and beautiful natural surroundings, I will be working on writing up my thesis for my practice-as-research PhD. This practice-as-research thesis adopts a performance studies approach to play and critically revisits and re-enacts the performance work BOXING GAMES that was made thirteen years ago, engaging themes around power and privilege. As most people know, a PhD can be quite a lonely experience. On this residency, I look forward to learning from the other artists and researchers in residence and sharing my practice and research with them too. There is also a dance studio which I move and breathe in every day. I am not sure what I/we will make with/in this space, but as I largely work in a process-driven manner… we shall see!



IG: @antheamoys

Anthea is an ARTIST, an educator, a play facilitator, a lifelong learner, runner and a PhD candidate at Northumbria University. Anthea wears many hats, but her main interest lies in the diverse streams of playful practice as an artist/facilitator/researcher/educator in a variety of contexts. In 2008 she completed her Masters at Wits with a focus on play and performance in public space. In 2013 she won the STANDARD BANK YOUNG ARTIST AWARD FOR PERFORMANCE ART (inaugural) where she created her “VS.” SERIES, which embraced failure and reimagined winning as the act of learning itself. She has travelled widely as an artist and play facilitator. In May 2015 she participated in the Johannesburg Pavilion residency at the 56th Venice Biennale. In August 2018, Anthea was selected as one of the three performance artists from Africa in the travelling residency History Will Be Kind To Me For I Intend To Perform It where she was commissioned to create a new performance for three performance art festivals in Finland, Sweden, and Norway. In 2018 Anthea was a resident artist and researcher at The Capital of Children as part of the LEGO Foundation in Denmark and in February 2020 she facilitated a play session at the WELLCOME COLLECTION in London. Anthea is now in the 3rd year of her practice-as-research PhD with a focus on play, privilege and power within the performance studies domain. Anthea currently lives, learns, works and plays in Newcastle, U.K.