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Rest is Resistance: A Keynote

Tricia Hersey, The Nap Ministry

Presented in Season 2 2023

Presented by Arts House and Now or Never

Saturday 26 August 
7:30pm – 8:30pm 

1 hour 

Standard $35
Reduced $20
A small transaction fee will be charged per order. 

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne

Assistance Animal
Auslan Interpreting
Quiet Space Available
Visual Rating 50%
Wheelchair Accessible

A call to action and manifesto for those who are sleep deprived, searching for justice, and longing to be liberated from the oppressive grip of grind culture. 

Tricia Hersey, founder of The Nap Ministry, is a global pioneer in the movement to understand rest beyond mainstream concepts of wellness. Her work positions rest as a divine right and our bodies as sites of liberation, knowledge and resistance.  

Rest is Resistance: A Keynote is Tricia’s first public appearance in Australia. Exploring and expounding on the concepts from her New York Times bestselling manifesto, Tricia implores us to imagine and create a world where our worth is not reliant on our productivity, particularly within a system that exploits and dehumanises us.   

It is a time for justice, and a time to rest.  

Alongside this keynote, Tricia will also be hosting An Uprising of Dreams, an immersive intervention for collective rest on Saturday 19 August.   


Artist Statement

Our art praxis and “An Uprising of Dreams” are calling us to move far beyond mainstream concepts of wellness. It asks us to study the ways in which our divinity, higher purpose, and ability to resist violent and oppressive systems are intertwined with how we access our rest, imagination, and DreamSpace. Tricia’s work is a pathway to the rest practices needed to collectively build and imagine new worlds as we simultaneously dismantle and deprogram ourselves from the systems that prop up and perpetuate the racial, social, and environmental harm done by white supremacy and extractive capitalism. This work was created collaboratively as our healing and liberation will not happen alone. Our collective rest and commitment to community care will save us.

About the artists

The Nap Ministry
Founded by artist and theologian Tricia Hersey in 2016, The Nap Ministry are the originators of the ‘rest as resistance’ and ‘rest as reparations.’ We engage with the power of performance art, site-specific installations, and community organizing to install sacred spaces for the community to rest together. We facilitate immersive workshops, and curate performance art that examines rest as a radical tool for community healing.  We believe rest is a form of resistance and name sleep deprivation as a racial and social justice issue. Our work is seeded within the soils of Black radical thought, somatics, Afrofuturism, womanism, and liberation theology, and is a guide for how to collectively deprogram, decolonize, and unravel ourselves from the wreckage of capitalism and white supremacy. We believe our bodies are portals. They are sites of liberation, knowledge, and invention that are waiting to be reclaimed and awakened by the beautiful interruptions of brutal systems that sleep and dreaming provide.

Tricia Hersey
Tricia Hersey is a multidisciplinary artist, activist, writer and theologian. She is the founder of The Nap Ministry, an organization that examines rest as a form of resistance and reparations by curating spaces for the community to rest via rest activations, immersive workshops, and performance art installations.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Her research interests include Black liberation theology, womanism, somatics, and cultural trauma.  She is the author of the New York Times bestselling book Rest is Resistance: A Manifesto and The Nap Ministry’s Rest Deck: 50 Practices to Resist Grind Culture.  You can learn more about her work at thenapministry.com

Aïsha Trambas
Aïsha Trambas (she/her) is an afro-greek poet, facilitator and arts worker. Aïsha is currently Creative Producer at Western Edge Youth Arts, and has worked across programming, production and performing with SIGNAL youth arts studio, the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival, Emerging Writers’ Festival, YIRRAMBOI, Footscray Community Arts, Next in Colour, and more. In 2022, Aisha’s poetry was published by Freemantle and Djed Press in Unlimited Futures, an anthology of Bla(c)k speculative fiction.


Author / Lead Artist: Tricia Hersey
Host: Aisha Trambas

Image Credit: Charlie Watts

Image Description: A woman is wearing a yellow dress and lying on a wooden bench. She appears to be asleep. There is white fabric draped over the bench. The bench is surrounded by tall brick walls.