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), Chloé Quenum (FR. 2018), Eduardo Abaroa (MX. 2018), Latham Zearfoss (US. 2018-2019), and currently French artist Ève Chabanon.

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 2020. Ève Chabanon is the French artist in resident for 2019. For more information about this initiative please click here.

The Te Whare Hēra team

Associate Professor Ann Shelton is the Te Whare Hēra’s residency project lead and committee chair. Shelton is an Associate Professor at Massey University’s Whiti o Rehua School of Art in Wellington where she lectures in Fine Art and Photography. Making contributions as an arts educator and professional with extensive experience in arts advocacy, governance and leadership, Shelton is is also one of Aotearoa/New Zealand’s leading photographic artists.

Keely Freed is the acting school manager of Whiti o Rehua School of Art. Her extensive experience in business operations and funding administration, management of business processes and financial control contributes vitally to her role as treasurer for the residency programme.

Essi Airisniemi is the current assistant for Te Whare Hēra.

Georgiana Morison is a sometimes artist, but works mostly as an arts educator. She has curated exhibitions, and project managed public art projects, web art projects and artist residencies. Her research has been concerned with perception and aesthetics in the heightening of the senses, psychological encounters with the self and others, and with social and political issues concerning violence and marginalization. She has worked across a range of media including large scale electronic and performative installation, sound and video, photography, writing, and web art projects. Her work has been seen in unused buildings, artist run project spaces, public art galleries, museums, public spaces, art events and festivals both in Aotearoa/NZ and internationally.