About Te Whare Hēra

The International Artist Residency Te Whare Hēra is an invitation-only visiting artist programme open to practitioners working in the field of contemporary art. We bring international artists to live, work and exhibit in our capital city Te Whanganui a Tara/Wellington.

The Te Whare Hēra programme supports artists to research, develop and produce a new and innovative contemporary art project. The residency provides artists with the time and space to complete such a body of work and to examine, map out, experiment, make connections, exchange ideas, and collaborate. Residencies run between three and six months and during this time visiting artists contribute to Te Whanganui a Tara/Wellington’s art communities and to the wider cultural life of the city. Through partnerships and public programmes, there is focus on promoting a knowledge and understanding of contemporary art and on connecting artists and their practice with our local communities.

Artists will also contribute vitally to the academic programmes of Whiti o Rehua School of Art exposing students to their creative processes and cross-disciplinary practices.

The residency commenced in late 2014 and it has supported a number of artists to live, work and exhibit in Te Whanganui a Tara/Wellington city, including: Christian Thompson (AU. 2014), Sasha Huber and Petri Saarikko (CH. 2015), Martín Sastre (UY. 2015), Etienne de France (FR. 2015), Louise Hervé and Chloé Maillet (FR. 2015), Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro (AU. 2016-2017), Soraya Rhofir (FR. 2017), Tom Dale (UK. 2017), Yuka Oyama(JAP/DE. 2018) and currently French artist Chloé Quenum.

The primary objectives of the residency programme are to:

  • stimulate the production of high quality, innovative, creative work in Te Whanganui a Tara/Wellington which can be shared with Wellingtonians and visitors to the city;
  • reinforce Te Whanganui a Tara/Wellington as a visual arts leader, and a place where contemporary art is 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 programme is a Massey University College of Creative Arts, Whiti o Rehua (School of Art) and Wellington City Council initiative and is supported by Athfield Architects and various project-specific collaborators.

In addition to the above partnerships Te Whare Hēra and the Cultural Office of the French Embassy in New Zealand have developed a special initiative enabling the participation of French contemporary artists in the residency programme each year from 2016 to 2019. Chloe Quennum has been selected as the French artist in resident for 2018. For more information about this initiative please click here.