Te Whare Hēra Wellington International Artist Residency

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In 2014 Whiti o Rehua School of Art launched a new International Artist Residency Programme in Wellington. This non-commercial initiative run by Massey University’s Te Whiti o Rehua School of Art and the Wellington City Council is designed to bring contemporary international artists to live, work and exhibit in Wellington city. Resident artists to date have included Christian Thompson, Sasha Huber and Petri Saarikko, Martín Sastre, Etienne de France, Louise Hervé and Chloé Maillet, and from August 2016 Australian duo Claire Healy and Sean Cordiero.

Artists are granted an impressive live-work studio suite on Wellington harbour within the prestigious Willis Bond & Co. Clyde Quay Wharf Development. Residencies run for a three - six month period, the first having commenced late 2014.

The objectives of the programme are to:

  • stimulate the production of high quality, innovative, creative work in Wellington, which can be shared with Wellingtonians and visitors to the city;
  • reinforce Wellington as a visual arts leader; and a place where contemporary art is widely recognised and debated;
  • make a real difference to the cultural lives of our community;
  • partner with sector colleagues to enable the best opportunities for the resident artists’ work to be experienced by audiences.

The 2016 International Artist Residency programme is supported by Massey University through College of Creative Arts and Te Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Wellington City Council, and by in kind support from generous project partners.

In an additional partnership with Te Whare Hēra Wellington International Artist Residency, the Cultural Office of the French Embassy in New Zealand has developed a special initiative enabling the participation of French contemporary artists in the residency programme over the next three years.

The 2016 recipients are Etienne de France (in residence from February to April) and the duo Chloé Maillet and Louise Hervé (in residence from May to July).

For 2017 onwards, additional support is welcomed and we look forward to discussing details and benefits with interested parties.


  • About Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro

    Working together since 2001, Healy and Cordeiro are playful commentators on the aspirational qualities of everyday contemporary life. Consumer ready-mades are often the raw material for their sculptures and installations, with monuments assembled from IKEA furniture, LEGO, packaging materials, and domestic detritus celebrating “home” both as ideal and as unending project.

    Over the past decade and with growing family in tow Healy and Cordeiro have traveled and lived in Asia, Europe, North America and Australasia. This nomadic life reflects and shapes their artistic preoccupation with prefabricated objects and existing systems and processes related to transportation, packaging and portability.

    Healy and Cordeiro are fascinated with notions of home and with the absurdities of the overlapping systems that shape globalised life, a six month residency living and working in the purpose-built studio, gallery and apartment suite at Clyde Quay Wharf on Wellington Waterfront as International Artists in Residence is a perfect fit for the duo.

  • About the team

    Massey University’s Whiti o Rehua School of Art is a leading contemporary art school, part of the College of Creative Arts, which is the foremost art and design school in New Zealand. Whiti o Rehua School of Art has a focus on contemporary fine arts, photography, visual and material culture, and matauranga Māori.

    The Te Whare Hēra team:

    - Residency coordinator, Associate Professor Ann Shelton is recognised as one of New Zealand’s leading photographic artists. Shelton’s internationally recognised large-scale, hyper real photographic works operate at the nexus of conceptual and documentary modes, investigating the social, political and historical contexts that inform readings of the landscape and its content.

    - Ana Trenwith is the School Manager of Whiti o Rehua School of Art. Trenwith has extensive experience in business operations and funding administration, and her role as treasurer includes the management of business processes and financial control.

    - Lauren Redican is a visual artist who holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Whiti o Rehua School of Art. Redican's role as administrative assistant for Te Whare Hēra includes working with Shelton to support the resident artists and the development of their creative projects in Wellington. 

    - Claire Harris is the current graduate assistant for Te Whare Hēra and is working toward a Masters of Fine Arts at Whiti o Rehua School of Art.

  • The programme

    Outstanding, professional and innovative artists living abroad are eligible for this opportunity to live, work and exhibit in Wellington city. Artists will be selected by a committee, including members from Wellington City Council, Whiti o Rehua School of Art, and an external specialist advisor.

    Resident artists will be granted exclusive use of the impressive apartment and adjoined studio and gallery suite within Athfield Architects' designed Clyde Quay Wharf development. The development has large, light filled spaces, outstanding views overlooking Wellington’s picturesque harbour, attractive public space, and is situated within easy walking distance of the centre of Wellington city, art galleries, museums, shops, restaurants, cafes, cinemas and theatres etc.

    There will be artist-led public events once every four - six weeks; this may take the form of a studio-visit, artist-talk, workshop or exhibition visit. There will be a presentation of work at the end of the residency period.

    Resident artists to date have included Christian Thompson, Sasha Huber and Petri Saarikko, Martín Sastre, Etienne de France and Louise Hervé and Chloé Maillet.

  • Upcoming events

    Harbouring – Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro

    Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro

    7 December, 2016

    Te Whare Hēra Gallery
    Prow end of Clyde Quay Wharf, Wellington Harbour.

    Exhibition hours
    8 – 17 December
    Tuesday – Saturday
    1 – 6pm

    In Harbouring Healy and Cordeiro present two linked projects that share commonalities of time, memorialisation, and expanded painting.
    Daddy Danse Macabre is a project inspired by the intricately painted skulls of Hallstatt Beinhaus. Claire and Sean’s painted skulls commemorate the dates of new words [walkman, vajazzle, mullet] added to the Oxford English Dictionary. Highlighting the varying time lags between a word's invention and its inclusion in the OED, this work positions language both as a dynamic living phenomenon and as a fixed institutional record.
    Their second project began as a direct response to the environment of the Te Whare Hēra studio which Claire Healy has describes as the “most beautiful residency in the world”. Faced with a constantly changing landscape view from the Clyde Quay Wharf residency Claire and Sean were drawn to experiments in landscape painting. As non-painters, they are self-deprecatingly adopting the role of plein air painters. Claire and Sean have sourced landscapes from New Zealand horror films and reproduced these via an exaggerated four-colour separation process which is then painstakingly filled in with pigment. The technique evokes both digital reproduction and a kind of cartoon Impressionism.


    Lauren Redican 022 301 6313