Te Tuhi is excited to announce Hana Pera Aoake (Ngati Hinerangi, Ngati Mahuta, Tainui), as the recipient of the 2024 curatorial residency with Delfina Foundation and Metroland Cultures in London - an international exchange centred on community practice.

Hana is a Māori artist, writer, teacher and curator (and a mum of a cheeky two year old) whose practice hinges on ways to share ideas, knowledge and resources in accessible ways to benefit their rural community, and in building connections to larger, globalised struggles.

From April - June, Hana will live onsite at Delfina Foundation in the heart of London, pursuing their own research while also gaining training, skills and experience immersed in the curatorial workings of Metroland Cultures in Brent for 2-3 days/week.

Hana hopes to share and learn more about how art spaces can work with different communities to facilitate different conversations and exchanges. On being awarded the residency, Hana said: “I'm very humbled and excited for this opportunity to share and learn in a city as dynamic as London. It will be the longest time i’ve spent away from my two-year-old so I’m very nervous but feel privileged and grateful to my whānau for allowing me to take this opportunity!”

This residency is a rare opportunity to take a practice that focuses its roots locally into an international conversation and the collaborators - Te Tuhi, Delfina Foundation, and Metroland Cultures - are very grateful to Kent Gardner, Creative New Zealand and The British Council Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific for their very generous support.

For more information about the residency, visit Te Tuhi’s website here

1) Hana Pera Aoake, photo by Taarn Scott
2) Hana Pera Aoake, photo by Matthew George Richard Ward