Anthea is an artist, a teacher, a play facilitator, a lifelong learner, runner and a Ph.D 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/teacher 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 April 2017 Anthea was the keynote speaker for CounterPlay festival in Denmark and more recently she was a resident artist and researcher at The Capital of Children as part of the LEGO Foundation in Denmark. 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. Anthea is now in the 2nd year of her practice-as-research PhD with a focus on critical play (watch this space!). Anthea currently lives, learns, works and plays in Newcastle, U.K.

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