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, Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro, Soraya Rhofir, Yuka Oyama, Chloé Quenum and from August 2018 Mexican artist Eduardo Abaroa.

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 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 each year from 2016 to 2018.

For 2018 onwards, additional support is welcomed and we look forward to discussing details and benefits with interested parties.

  • 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.

    - The current assistants Essi Airisniemi and Anna McAllister are both studying towards a Masters of Fine Arts at Whiti o Rehua School of Art. Airisniemi and McAllister work alongside Shelton to support the Te Whare Hēra artists in residence and their creative projects in Wellington.

  • 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, Louise Hervé and Chloé Maillet, Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro, and Soraya Rhofir.

  • Te Whare Hēra’s new website

    The Wellington International Artist Residency Te Whare Hēra is now online!

    To provide better opportunities for engagement between our artists and the wider Wellington and arts community we’ve developed a website for Te Whare Hēra. The site will communicate about upcoming events and also provide a place to document and archive the work that Te Whare Hēra has facilitated. For news, events, and information – past, present, or upcoming – you can now visit the new Te Whare Hēra website at tewharehera.ac.nz.