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 and from February 2018 French artist Chloé Quenum.

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.

    - 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, 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.

  • Upcoming Event - Chloé Quenum Workshop Series: Fables

    14 April
    Te Whare Hēra Gallery 

    When a fable is retold, it becomes an adaptation: every storyteller shapes the narrative with their personal way of telling. These acts of transmission and interpretation add layers to narratives documented in both folklore and literature.

    Fables from different parts of the world often share similarities, either through characters or storyline, by giving human qualities to non-human beings or by engaging the listener in moral considerations. The most meaningful fables follow us through our lives, evoking a sense of fiction in the everyday.

    You are invited to share a fable that holds significance for you and to bring one or more objects that represent your chosen fable. The objects can be very simple. Preferably your object is something that you are happy to part ways with or loan so, with your permission, it can become part of a Chloé Quenum artwork. Your fable will also be recorded and filmed with the option of you being anonymous on film.

    This workshop will run as an open studio: you are welcome to pop into the Te Whare Hēra Gallery anytime between 12 and 5 pm on the workshop day. This will also be a great opportunity for you to talk to Chloé about her work and exhibition ideas.

    FABLES is the second iteration of Chloé Quenum's workshop series to be completed as part of her residency at Te Whare Hēra. FABLES will be followed by TATTOO workshop. For updates on the workshop series, please visit the Te Whare Hēra website.

    Image: Chloé Quenum. Documentation, 2018. Courtesy of the artist.

  • Upcoming Event - Capital E and Yuka Oyama - Imagi-nation

    16 April
    Capital E, Civic Square
    Ages 3+

    Step into the odd wonderland of Imagi-Nation and prepare to be wowed! The Queens Wharf play space at Captial E will be transformed into an obscure and delightful place full of hidden curiosities and opportunities. In Imagi-Nation children will take part in activities to construct from their imagination, discovering things they’ve never seen before!

    As part of Imagi-Nation Capital E has been gifted the sculptures of artist Yuka Oyama, a recent artist in residence at Te Whare Hēra Wellington International Artist Residency. The donated sculptures were shown in The Dowse Art Museum but will be restructured into curious creations for the Imagi-Nation world.

    Please visit Captial E for more information.

    Image: Yuka Oyama, Changing Homes. Performance documentation, 2018. Photograph by Alex Efimoff.