Te Whare Hēra Wellington International Artist Residency

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 and from May 2016, the due Chloé Louise and Hervé Maillet.

Artists are granted an impressive live work studio suite on Wellington harbour within the Willis Bond & Co prestigious 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 more 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 artist’s 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 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 Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet

    Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet's artistic practice focuses on the act of narration. Their stories bring together historical facts, popular fiction, B-grade movies, and museum dioramas and take the form of films, installations and ‘didactic performances’ - a mixture of lecture, performance and conference. Their methodology combines scientific discourse with personal annotations presenting an “archaeology of knowledge”.

    Both born in 1981, Louise and Chloé have been working as a duo for more than ten years. They have different backgrounds: Louise studied art and art history and graduated with a BA in 2003 and a MA in 2005, while Chloé went on to achieve a PhD in anthropological history in 2010. They started working together in Paris in 2000. Since then, they have been pursuing research-based projects for two or three years at a time, each chapter of research taking the form of a film or a series of films, an exhibition or a publication.

  • 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 will be 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 and Etienne de France.