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A Visual Arts Residency

Te Whare Hēra

This residency, initiated in 2014 by the French Embassy in New Zealand and Massey University's College of Creative Arts, brings contemporary French artists to live, work and exhibit in Wellington.

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Wellington, the creative capital of New Zealand, is an ideal location with its distinct cultural presence,  and lively café culture.

It is also home to numerous art galleries, the Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts, the World of Wearable Art awards show, Cuba Dupa street festival, and public and research libraries.

Te Whare Hēra is a live/work studio suite ideally situated on Wellington's waterfront, just a few steps away from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and the City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi. 



The programme offers a hospitable, generative platform for the production of high quality, innovative, creative, contemporary work, and to foster connections and opportunities for ongoing exchange and collaborations.

The resident is granted a live/work studio suite, access to Massey University's facilities, technical support, a production budget (incl. some freight costs). 

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The residency welcomes applications from contemporary visual artists and curators, preferably with a recognised artistic practice, an innovative project which may or may not be informed by the specific context of New Zealand, and seeking new international connections.


Fluency in English and French citizenship, or being based in France for at least five years, are also required.

Applications are reviewed based upon the quality of the proposed project and past works as well as the applicant's public speaking skills and abilities to engage with students.


The residency traditionally runs for a 8 to 10 weeks period at the beginning of each calendar year.

The laureate will be provided with: 

  • a return flight to/from France

  • accommodation

  • a living allowance. 

The call for the 2025 edition of the residency

will open in late March 2024

and will close on 30th June 2024 at 11:59pm (NZ time).

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Te Whare Hēra is an artist and community programme that is partnered by the Wellington City Council and Massey University that is open to practitioners working in the field of contemporary art. We bring artists to create work and engage with our communities in Te Whanganui a Tara / Wellington.

The Te Whare Hēra programme supports artists to research, develop and produce a new and innovative contemporary art projects. 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.

Former French Residents

Te Whare Hēra has been welcoming creators from France since 2015.

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