Anthea Moys

Artist, educator, lifelong learner, queereyed trickster & Ph.D. candidate at Northumbria University.

I am an artist, an educator, a practice researcher and a Ph.D. candidate at Northumbria University. Growing up in an activist anti-apartheid community in South Africa in the 1980s, I am deeply interested in, motivated, and inspired by what keeps us together as opposed to what keeps us apart. I have found play to be one such human experience. Like a painter works with paint, I work with play, games, and rules as my material for my, often participatory, performances. Over the last 15 years or so, I have developed unique teaching, performance, and workshop practices and developed several devising methods inspired by the practice and theory of play.


Here are some of THE BEST and SERIOUSLY VERY IMPORTANT things I've done: 


During my Master's studies which focused on the enactment of play through performance in public space, I  became the first cyclist to ride the 94.7 Cycle Challenge and go nowhere. In 2013 I won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Performance Art (inaugural) where I created my “Vs.” series, which embraced failure and reimagined winning as the act of learning itself. In August 2018, I was selected as one of the three performance artists from Africa in the traveling residency (Finland, Sweden, and Norway) 'History Will Be Kind To Me For I Intend To Perform It' where I recorded instructions from the team of performance artists, curators, producers, and audiences and created a kind of performance art master class with them.


In 2018, for three months, I was a resident artist and researcher at The Capital of Children as part of the LEGO Foundation in Denmark where I learned about a different kind of play and what I was not. In February 2020 I facilitated a session ‘Play to Keep on Playing or Play to Win’ which played with ideas around power at the Wellcome Collection in London. Currently, I am living my second-best life in Gateshead, U.K. in the 3rd year of my practice research Ph.D.