Te Whare Hera Visual Arts Residency - 2020 call for applications [fr]

Applications for the Te Whare Hera – Wellington International Artist Residency for 2020 are now open. The deadline for expressions of interest is Tuesday 30 April 2019.

The French Embassy in New Zealand is partnering with Te Whare Hēra Wellington International Artist Residency to develop a special initiative to bring French artists to New Zealand.

After four successful editions, the initiative will enable the participation of a French artist in the residency programme in 2020.

Te Whare Hēra Wellington International Artist Residency is a non-commercial initiative run by Massey University’s Whiti o Rehua School of Art and The Wellington City Council. This exciting new initiative is designed to bring contemporary international artists to live, work and exhibit in Wellington city.

Artists are granted an impressive live/work studio suite situated within the prestigious Clyde Quay Wharf Development in downtown Wellington City. Residencies run for a three - five month period, the first having commenced late in 2014.

The deadline for expressions of interest for the 2020 residency is Tuesday 30 April 2019.

Prior and current artists in residence are Chloé Quenum (2018), Yuka Oyama (2017), Claire Healy and Sean Cordero (2016), Sasha Huber (February to July 2015) and Martín Sastre (August 2015), Christian Thompson (2014). The inaugural French artists in residence are Etienne de France (February-April 2016), Chloé Maillet & Louise Hervé (May-July 2016) and Soraya Rhofir (January-July 2017).

French artists at Te Whare Hēra is a joint initiative of the French Embassy in NZ, Massey University and Wellington City Council.


Visual arts have been thriving in France in the recent years with a new generation of internationally recognised artists and curators actively seeking new international connections.

A revamped and vibrant ecosystem with new galleries and museums is emerging, spurred by recent investments from local governments and private foundations alike.

The objectives of the Te Whare Hēra residency programme are to offer a hospitable, generative platform for the production of high quality, innovative, creative work by international artists in Wellington, the creative capital of New Zealand, and to foster connections and opportunities for ongoing exchange and collaboration.

The programme seeks to share innovative, high caliber contemporary art with Wellingtonians and visitors to the city through a series of monthly artist-led public talks and events, and open studios, and to connect visiting artists with professionals in the gallery, museum and publishing worlds to enable the best opportunities for the resident artist’s work to be experienced by various audiences.

This residency will bring an outstanding French contemporary artist to live and work for a period of three (minimum) to five months at the beginning of each calendar year, between February and June.

This residency is conceived as an opportunity to develop new work that may or may not be informed by the specific context of New Zealand. The residency will provide a platform for immersion and interaction with the visual arts community in this country and enable the development of new relationships and collaborations between France and New Zealand’s artistic and curatorial scene.

The French Embassy and Te Whare Hēra are open to submissions from mid-career contemporary French artists, with a recognised innovative artistic practice and portfolio, especially if their practices are informed by cross-cultural contexts, attention to social and political issues, dialogue between customary and contemporary practices or transdisciplinary explorations.

Artists working with ephemeral media, including performance, photography, sound, printed matter, drawing in the expanded field and video are also particularly encouraged to apply. Artists should be fluent in English.

Conditions and terms of reference

- Return economy airfares from France.
- Accommodation during the residency period, up to five months.

- An honorarium of $1,000 NZD a month.

- Exclusive use of the adjoining working studio and gallery.

- Technical and logistical support as available from key staff members within Whiti o Rehua, which includes access to wet darkrooms, a digital print facility, lighting studios and green screen facilities, wood and metal working workshop.

- Material and production costs up to NZ$3,000

- Opportunities to present creative work in the studio and gallery spaces at the residency site including an exhibition upon completion of the residency (this can be work in progress).

- Facilitation and publication of events associated to the project; studio-visits, artist-talks, exhibitions, lectures, workshops etc.

- The costs associated with lectures, openings and residency publicity are covered by Te Whare Hēra.

Resident artists are granted exclusive use of an impressive apartment and adjoined studio and gallery suite within the Clyde Quay Wharf development.

The apartment has one double bedroom and a sofa-bed in the lounge area. To date the residency has been undertaken by individual artists, those bringing their spouses, and a single child in their care. It would be challenging for larger families to be comfortable in the apartment.

The residency suite is situated in the buildings’ most northern seaward location, an inspirational setting overlooking Wellington’s beautiful harbour.

The development has large, light filled spaces; outstanding views, 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.

During each residency there are artist-led public events every four - six weeks; these may take the form of a studio-visit, artist-talk, workshop or exhibition visit.

There is also a presentation of work at the end of each residency period, either within the studio/display space, or offsite through facilitated introductions to curators and directors of well-matched institutions and programmes.

NB Health and travel insurance is at the expense of the laureate, as is securing the appropriate visa for their stay in New Zealand. During his/her stay, the guest is expected to be fully involved with the residency programme.

How to submit an expression of interest

The deadline for 2020 residency applications is 30 April 2019.
Please use the following form to submit your interest

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2019 Te Whare Hera Visual Arts Residency - Application form
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Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by Te Whare Hēra.

Please contact the Cultural Office of the Embassy of France to New Zealand for further information: [cooperation.wellington-amba@diplomatie.gouv.fr].
T: +64 (0)4 802 77 79

Dernière modification : 04/03/2019

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