Wendy Mocke

Cairns, Australia | Madang, PNG

As a writer and artist, one of my quests is to make alive what is quiet and asleep in Melanesian stories and unpack the myriad of layers that is black Pacific Islander identity.”

Wendy Mocke is a Papua New Guinean inter-disciplinary storyteller.

She is a NIDA Acting graduate and currently an emerging writer at Sydney Theatre Company. Wendy performed in 2018’s Festival Fatale at Darlinghurst Theatre in a play she co-wrote called Jelbu Meri.

This year, the play was listed in the lineup for Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s development program called ‘Next In Line’. Wendy also previously undertook a residency at Rex Cramphorn Studio for a verbatim theatre piece she devised called Voices of West Papua.

Wendy’s visual art’s project called ‘m e r i’, a collection of photographs and stories that focuses on the recontextualising contemporary PNG women, will be exhibited in November 2021 at North Site Contemporary Arts Gallery in Cairns, Far north Queensland, with virtual engagement throughout the month of August, 2020.


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Wendy Mocke

The ‘m e r i’ project

30 October — 11 December 2021


1:00 pm — 3:00 pm

01 April — 01 April 2021

Artists Talks

Project ‘m e r i’ | Performance and Opening – POSTPONED

To commemorate the opening of the 'm e r i' project, creative thinker and playwright Wendy Mocke performs a verbatim response to the photographic images and powerful stories shared by the women of Papua New Guinean heritage within the exhibition. Join these women and Wendy Mocke for an afternoon of conversation and celebration. Performance from […]


5:30 pm — 8:30 pm

19 November — 19 November 2021

Nana, 2019, c-type photograph

Opening Event

The ‘m e r i’ project | Exhibition Opening

The Board of NorthSite Contemporary Arts, Director Ashleigh Campbell and staff invite you to attend the opening event The ‘ m e r i’ project by Wendy Mocke. 5:45 PM — Arrive at Bulmba-ja, NorthSite Contemporary Arts 6:00 PM — Welcome to Country by Carl Marun Fourmile (Yidinji) of Minjil 6:15 PM — The official […]


10:00 am — 1:00 pm

20 November — 20 November 2021

Woven mat by Rosemary Omundsen


Weaving Workshop | The ‘m e r i’ project

NorthSite Contemporary Arts is pleased to invite you to attend the weaving workshop by Rosemary Omundsen. This workshop is in conjunction with Wendy Mocke's exhibition The 'm e r i' project. Rosemary Omundsen shares her coconut leaves weaving techniques in a 3hr workshop at NorthSite Contemporary Arts. 10 AM — Arrive at Bulmba-ja, NorthSite Contemporary […]