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, and from October 2017 Japanese German artist Yuka Oyama.

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.

The 2017 recipients are Soraya Rhofir, in residence from January to August, Tom Dale in residence from October to November and Yuka Oyama in residence from October to February, 2018.

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

  • Yuka Oyama

    Japanese/German Berlin based artist Yuka Oyama was born in Tokyo and grew up in Malaysia, Japan, and Indonesia. She received her BFA at Rhode Island School of Design, an MA in Art Jewellery and Sculpture at Munich Art Academy, and has recently completed her PhD in Art and Craft at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

    Oyama sets person and worn object into performance, with the resulting wearable sculptures documented via photography and film, and presented in installations. She describes her abiding artistic interests as “Who wears the art object, where do they wear it, what happens? What does the person represent about the worn object, and what does the worn object represent about them?”

    As Te Whare Hera artist in residence Yuka Oyama will undertake a new participatory project “Helpers – changing homes” asking how certain objects we own help to us define a sense of ‘home’.

    Yuka Oyama’s residency is supported by the Dowse Art Museum and the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

    Asia New Zealand Foundation The Dowse 

    Helpers - Changing homes

  • Tom Dale

    Tom Dale is a London-based artist whose grandiose sculptures, videos and installations explore the absurd and preposterous aspects of society.

    Dale works across a number of disciplines and defines himself simply as an artist that doesn’t paint. His large scale sculptures, digital images and films all play a part in a practice that is as reflective as it is reactive. Known at different times though out his career for cutting the leaves of a plants into squares, shooting drum kits, or making giant inflatable leather castles, he is an artist that delights in confounding the ways in which we make meaning, as much as he does our expectations.

    Tom Dale graduated from Goldsmiths College, London in 2006 with an MA in Fine Art and he holds a BA (Hons) in Sculpture from Sheffield Hallam University. His work is held in a number of public and private collections. Solo exhibitions include A Cage For Voices, Channel 4 Random Acts (2017), The Black From The The Blue, Raster Gallery, Warsaw (2017), Dragnets Spell, MKAC, Milton Keynes (2016), Black Attols, NIMAC, Nicosia, Cyprus (2015-2016), Department of the Interior, Copperfield, London (2014), Terminal Blue, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton (2014).

    Tom Dale's residency is supported by SCAPE Public Art and Arts Council England.


    Scape Public art logo Arts Council England logo

  • 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.

  • Upcoming events

    Creator and Curator Q & A

    Join artist Yuka Oyama and curator Sian van Dyk for a discussion of Oyama's project Helpers - Changing Homes

    Wednesday 24 January, 6pm
    Te Whare Hēra Gallery
    Clyde Quay Wharf

    Space is limited - please RSVP to Claire Harris (c.l.harris@massey.ac.nz)

    Creating an expansive multimedia project including wearable sculptures, performance, film, and jewellery works, WITH volunteer participants, ALL in three months AND on the other side of the world from home?!

    As current Te Whare Hēra international artist in residence Berlin-based artist Yuka Oyama has developed Helpers- Changing Homes specifically for upcoming exhibition The Language of Things: Meaning and Value in Contemporary Jewellery at The Dowse Art Museum. Exhibition curator Sian van Dyk joins Oyama for a discussion of the philosophy and logistics of this project and of her focus on the meanings of home in contemporary mobile and global lifestyles.

    The event will close with drinks and nibbles, and further opportunity to chat and to farewell Yuka Oyama before her return to Germany.