Kōwhai Residency artist talk announced - 22 March 2024

We'd love it if you can join us, for a unique gathering to hear artist Hannah Rose Arnold talk about her research and experiences in Tokyo, Japan during the Kōwhai Residency last year.

Hannah is a graduate of the Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts at Unitec and an exhibiting photographer, her most recent show being Deep Burn Blues at Alberton House during the 2023 Auckland Festival of Photography. She is interested in the use of analogue and alternative photography to explore the intersection of people, land and spirituality in Aotearoa.

Hannah was the inaugural research Kōwhai Residency artist in 2023.

This Kōwhai Residency artist talk is at our communal shared office space – Fri 22 March
Level 17, Spaces, Commercial Bay Tower, 11 - 19 Custom St West, Auckland CBD 1010.

Lift Access only. Meet at 550pm in corner Albert/Custom Street foyer to attend, and we can welcome you from there. Talk and Q + A 6pm to 7pm.

Hannah Arnold; Polaroids Tokyo

Creator Kōwhai Residency 2023 announced

Kowhai Residency 2023 Sept Offer

The Festival team are delighted with the response to the 2nd Kōwhai Residency in Yōga, Tokyo call for applications. Applications have now closed.

The Residency supports travel to Japan for the selected artist, self-contained accommodation in Yōga, Tokyo and a weekly stipend so they can fully immerse in their project. They also have the opportunity to meet Japanese artists and educators to further absorb the knowledge from working artists’ lives in Tokyo. The Kōwhai Residency is an excellent opportunity for a comprehensive learning experience in a large, vibrant, multi-cultural city and our 2nd placement and the perfect step for an international encounter in Japan to soak up the city and also gain knowledge from Japanese practitioners. We are delighted to announce our next artist in residence will be Jenna Eriksen, based in Wellington.

She says "I’m filled with excitement to be embarking on this odyssey of the Kōwhai Residency. I’m curious about what I will discover, observe and experience, how Tokyo’s intersection of culture, art and technology will influence and expand my practice from a philosophical, visual, technical and artistic point of view. I’m very much looking forward to discovering exhibitions and galleries with immersive, photo-real experiences as well as looking at traditional forms of art including painting, and performance-based works.". More here.

Jenna Eriksen; Previous project work


Research Kōwhai residency 2023

Auckland Festival of Photography and our project partner in Tokyo, T3 International Photo Festival, are in the placement stage of our new “Kōwhai Residency” (c) which opened for applications from NZ based practitioners and artists in June 2023.

Our inaugural 2023 Kōwhai Residency in Yōga, Tokyo for research has concluded in mid September and we have had good feedback from our inaugural research artist in residence, Hannah Rose Arnold. Hannah presented her research review at a talk for Tokyo Institute of Photography. We will be working with Hannah to share in Auckland at a artist talk, her experiences in a presentation about her time in Tokyo. It’s the first dedicated NZ photography residency programme to be established from New Zealand. The partnership is between Auckland Festival of Photography and T3 Photo Festival Tokyo, Japan. Hannah is a Unitec Design and Contemporary Art graduate (2018), her most recent show being Deep Burn Blues at Alberton House during the 2023 Auckland Festival of Photography. In 2019, her image The Rib Bone travelled as a finalist in the Wallace Art Awards, and The Tensile Strength of a Heartstring toured New Zealand and Australia as a finalist in the ANZ Photobook Awards.

Hannah Arnold; Talk at TIP 2023 A

Hannah presents her research review at a talk for Tokyo Institute of Photography, Japan.

Thanks to the generous support of Asia New Zealand Foundation Te Whītau Tūhon, and our support programme in Japan, T3 Photo Festival Tokyo. This residency programme was made possible by Asia New Zealand Foundation Te Whītau Tūhon for their foundational support of the development of the Kōwhai Residency in Yōga, Tokyo in 2022 and our inaugural research residency in Tokyo, 2023. Read more on the genesis of the Kōwhai Residency here.


August 2023

Our research resident artist has been announced -

This August we are delighted to announce the first NZ photographer to undertake the Kōwhai Residency in Tokyo, Japan is Hannah Rose Arnold.

Hannah says “I am thrilled to be selected for the first Kōwhai Research Residency to Tokyo, and am excited to embark on this journey, fostering artistic relationships between our island nations. I have much respect and admiration for Japanese artisans, and am excited to exchange methodology, culture and inspiration.”

The inaugural Kōwhai Residency is for support of a artist to undertake new research in Japan and for the development of their photography practice. We aim for the residency to offer transformational outcomes for emerging / mid-career lens-based artists from Aotearoa who are well placed to capitalise on this unique and significant opportunity to gain international success in multiple specific outcomes and new pathways.

Thanks to the generous support of Asia New Zealand Foundation Te Whītau Tūhon, and our support programme in Japan, Tokyo Institute of Photography.


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International Partners 2023: 


   KLPA          Angkor Photo Festival logoHeadOn           Higashikawa Youth Photo Festival     


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