Sex Workers of Aotearoa

2021 Art Exhibition

I'm excited to announce that our third annual exhibition of SWoA is off to an excellent start! By that I mean we already have a venue booked (unlike our last two years where we seemed to be scrambling last minute for a place to host us).

Anyway - this year, 2021, SWoA will be held in Christchurch at the Pūmanawa Exhibition Space of the Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora between July 6th to 18th.

I'm hoping if you're reading this, you're also excited to contribute to another wicked year of the Sex Workers of Aotearoa Art Exhibition!

- Jordan

Here's how to join us for our 3rd annual art exhibition:

Whether it's as an artist, as a volunteer, contributing to our fundraising or helping spread the word - we need you!


The essence of SWoA is giving sex workers a chance to share their voice through art!

Keen to enter your artwork into SWoA 2021?

What you need to know:

- Artworks must be less than a year old (we prefer art specially made for SWoA)

- The theme is "a day in the life of" - that is, your art can discuss any topic that you feel is a part of your day to day life

Opening Night

We welcome all sex workers and NZPC staff/volunteers to join us for the opening night of SWoA.

Opening night is 2-3 hour event filled with performance, speeches, food and drink, and of course ART!

As always we ask that no clients attend opening night. Thank you.


This art exhibition is only possible thanks to the kind donations from supporters of our community.

Each year we create a Give A Little page complete with a list of what we're raising funds for.

Costs include:

- gallery hire

- promotional costs

- printing of advertising materials

- printing of the SWoA catalogue

- assisting those less able with entry fee and postage

- travel costs related to moving artworks

- AV equipment hire

- opening night food and beverage

Please give generously and spread the word about our fundraising page, so that we may continue to hold SWoA each year.


For 2021 the exhibition will be held in the Pūmanawa exhibition space of the Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora.

This is an empty space - therefore the organisers of SWoA (Jordan and friends) are required to do all the leg work, with little to no assistance unlike if we were exhibiting in a gallery.

We are therefore VERY MUCH in need of volunteers to help us!

Assistance may include installation, pack down, opening night preparations, and minding the gallery.

If you're able and willing to do any of the above, please let us know by clicking the button below!


Do you have a blog? A following? Are in the media business? Maybe a podcast? The newspaper industry? WE NEED YOU!

Help spread the word about SWoA 2021! Post the following poster to your channels

Or email to interview us!

SWoA chch poster.jpg

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

In a sentence, how would you sum up the Sex Workers of Aotearoa art exhibition?

SWoA is an annual community art exhibition created with the aim of sharing sex worker stories and experiences, free from outside or media agenda.

Who can enter SWoA?

We welcome sex workers from across New Zealand to join us. The only requirements are that - you're a New Zealand based - you're a sex worker - you're 18 or older

What types of art is accepted?

We accept all mediums, including but not limited to; - pen/ink - pencil - paint - mixed media - photography/videography - writing, poetry, song - sculpture - ceramic - stitching and more. If you have an idea and are unsure about it, email Jordan at

I'm not a qualified or fancy artist, can I still join?

Yes! We welcome all skill levels. While SWoA is an art exhibition, the main aim is sharing our stories and experiences.

What is an artist statement?

An artist statement is a paragraph of 150-200 words, that is displayed alongside your artwork. It is a verbal representation in support of your work, that gives the viewer additional understanding.

How do I enter SWoA?

To be involved in SWoA as an artist follow these steps 1. Register yourself and your artwork idea by filling in the registration form before APRIL 19th 2. Pay the entry fee $45 3. Complete your artwork before MAY 31st

When are the entries due?

Registration must be complete and entry fee paid before APRIL 19TH

When is my artwork due?

Artworks must be completed and delivered by May 31st.

When is opening night?

Opening night will be held on Tuesday July 6th. All sex workers and members of NZPC are welcome. In order to make the opening a safe space, we kindly ask that no clients attend.