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Wellington Asia Residency Exchange

WARE (Wellington Asia Residency Exchange) offers New Zealand artists the chance to work at art spaces in Asia, while also offering Asian artists the chance to work in Wellington.

Jade Townsend standing in a gallery space with her artworks on the wall

The WARE programme is jointly run by the Asia New Zealand Foundation and the Wellington City Council. It is aimed at professional, contemporary arts practitioners of all disciplines from Asian countries and Wellington.

This year's Asia residency is at the Chinese European Art Centre in Xiamen.

What costs are covered?

Asia New Zealand Foundation and Wellington City Council provide:

  • one return economy airfare between New Zealand and Xiamen
  • daily allowance to cover living costs
  • a budget of NZ$500 for exhibition/project materials
  • wi-fi internet access
  • self-contained accommodation and studio space at CEAC.

What's expected of the artist-in-residence?

This residency is for a committed artist who is willing to be challenged. You are expected to work full-time on your projects while at the residency, and to:

  • participate in an open studio at the end of your residency
  • work collaboratively with other artists where possible (Chinese and international artists participating in the programme)
  • be prepared to explore new technologies and mediums
  • be an ambassador for Wellington City
  • participate in activities related to the Wellington-Beijing sister city relationship
  • share your experiences and residency outcomes through activities with the Wellington community upon your return.

Terms and conditions

Successful applicants will be required to agree to the standard Terms and Conditions for Asia New Zealand Foundation funding recipients. Foundation grantees are expected provide reports on their experience, and to seek opportunities to share their experience on their return to New Zealand, and to remain engaged with the Asia New Zealand Foundation. Sharing your experience with others is an important part of this initiative as it enlightens others about developments in Asia. 

Selection criteria

The successful applicant will have:

  • previous residency or exhibition experience – at least one solo and one group exhibition
  • an industrious, hard-working attitude
  • an interest in experimenting with new technologies and mediums
  • an interest and skill in communicating with people from a range of cultural backgrounds
  • the resilience to adapt to, and be self-sufficient within, the city and culture of Xiamen

How to apply

The 2018 application round has now closed

WARE background

The aims of the Wellington-Asia Residency Exchange are to:

  • facilitate an exchange of art practices and ideas between Wellington and Asia
  • establish ongoing relationships with Asian cultural centres developing Wellington’s international profile and creative identity in Asia
  • raise the profile of Asian arts in Wellington
  • work towards creating an Asia-literate society in New Zealand by 2020.

Past WARE artist-in-residence recipients

  • Bifei Cao - Wellington 2018
  • Chen Jin-Yu - Wellington 2017
  • Moniek Schrijer - Xiamen 2017 
  • Daniel Beban - Beijing 2016
  • Josette Chiang - Wellington 2016
  • Erica Sklenars - Beijing 2015
  • Sutthirat (Som) Supaparinya - Wellington 2015
  • Jade Townsend - Beijing 2014
  • John Lake - Beijing 2013
  • Li Xiaofei - Wellington 2013
  • Ben Buchanan - Beijing 2012
  • Jaewoo Oh (South Korea) - Wellington 2012
  • Erica van Zon - Beijing 2011
  • Wit Pimkanchanapong (Thailand) - Wellington Southeast Asian Night Market 2011
  • Swaroop Mukerji (India) - Wellington 2011
  • Gayatri Balagurunathan (India) - Wellington 2010
  • Wayan Gde Yudane (Indonesia) - Wellington 2010
  • Mu Yuming (China) - Wellington 2010
  • Irwansyah Harahap and Rithaony Hutajulu (Indonesia) - Wellington 2009
  • Kerry Ann Lee (New Zealand) - Island6, Shanghai 2009
  • Sayaka Ishizuka (Japan) - Wellington 2009
  • Ai Sasaki (Japan) - Wellington 2008
  • Ding Jie (China) - Wellington 2008
  • Lee Kit (Hong Kong) - Wellington 2007

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