Hana Pera Aoake (Aotearoa New Zealand) is a Māori artist, writer, teacher and curator. Based in Kawerau, Hana is a mum of a cheeky two year old and works as the museum curator at the Sir James Fletcher Kawerau museum, a part time lecturer at University of Canterbury in art history and co-organises Kei te pai press with Morgan Godfery.

During their time in London, Hana hopes to share and learn more about how art spaces can work with different communities to facilitate different conversations and exchanges. Hana is interested in how spaces like Metroland operate as an in between space that bring different communities within the borough of Brent together.

Hana has published widely including with Granta, It’s freezing in LA, Overland, and Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art. Hana published their first book of poetry and prose, a bathful of Kawakawa and hot water with Compound Press in 2020. Recent projects include: participating in the Digital fellowship programme 2024 with Creative Australia and Creative New Zealand; I saw the mountain erupt (2023), Mason’s screen, commissioned by WCC and Circuit moving image; Folded memory with Taarn Scott, an exhibition at the Adam art gallery (2023-24), curated by Sophie thorn and Susan Ballard; and they were a finalist in the Kiingi Tuheitia poratiture prize (2023).

Hana is born and based in New Zealand/Aotearoa.


Te Tuhi and Metroland Cultures


Kent Gardner, Creative New Zealand, and the British Council Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific (through the Connections Through Culture grant programme)

About this residency

Through this ongoing partnership, now in its second year, a residency is offered to a New Zealand curator interested in testing and developing new approaches to a collaborative practice bridging artists and communities.

The curator, selected through an open call, is provided the opportunity to gain training, skills, and experience by being embedded part-time for three months in the curatorial workings of Metroland Cultures in Brent, London. In addition the curator will benefit from free time to pursue their own research, receive mentorship and engage in peer-to-peer exchange by means of being in-residence at Delfina Foundation.


Spring 2024




Please note all resident biographies are accurate at the time of the residency.