Kaiya Waerea is a writer, designer and publisher from Aotearoa, now living in London. Their research is concerned with crip feminist methodologies, indigenous knowledge production, and print culture. Kaiya’s writing has been featured in Counter Signals 5: Systems and their Discontents (forthcoming), Errant Journal: Learning from our Ancestors, AIGA Eye on Design and others.They have had work exhibited at Lunchtime Gallery, South Kiosk Gallery, Transmediale and Alchemy Film & Arts, and have given talks and workshops for Somerset House Studios, Healing Justice London, NN Contemporary, Control Shift Network, Dash Disability Arts, the Remote Body and more. 

Currently, alongside running Sticky Fingers Publishing Kaiya is a lecturer on the BA Graphic Design programme at Camberwell College of Art; a context tutor on BA Design at Goldsmiths University; one third of collective Access Power Visibility; and a freelance writer and designer.  

︎ kaiyawaerea0@gmail.com
︎︎︎ Royal College of Art 2022 degree show


Education & Awards
︎︎︎Shortlisted for Shape Arts EMERGENT award 2022
︎︎︎UAL Equality, Diversity and Inclusion staff research grant 2022
︎︎︎MA Writing, Royal College of Art 2020-21
︎︎︎BA Design, Goldsmiths University of London 2016-20
︎︎︎Foundation Diploma in Art & Design specialising in Performance Design & Practise, Central Saint Martins 2015-16

Professional Experience
︎︎︎University of the Arts London CCW, Lecturer in Graphic Design 2021-2024   
︎︎︎Goldsmiths University of London BA Design, Context Tutor 2022-2024
︎︎︎Figs in Wigs, ‘BIG FINISH’ Visual Identity, Graphic Designer 2024
︎︎︎Gillie Klieman, ‘Friend’ Graphic and Production Designer 2021-24
︎︎︎Broken Grey Wires, ‘Protest Blankets’ quiet space commission 2023
︎︎︎Abby Nocon, Support Worker 2022
︎︎︎Europa Europa, ‘RCA Degree Show 2022’, Accessibility design consultancy 2022
︎︎︎Sainsbury’s Gallery, ‘Site Writing’ publication designer 2022
︎︎︎Eclipse Theatre, Graphic Designer 2021
︎︎︎Sick Magazine, Assistant Editor 2021
︎︎︎Thamesmead Arts and Culture Office (TACO!), Graphic Designer 2021
︎︎︎Goldsmiths Press, Cover Designer 2020
︎︎︎Figs in Wigs, ‘Little Wimmin play text’ & ‘Astrology Bingo’ Graphic Designer 2019-20
︎︎︎Sick Magazine, Graphic Designer 2019-ongoing
︎︎︎Goldsmiths University College Union, Graphic Designer 2018-20
︎︎︎Goldsmiths Students’ Union, Graphic Designer 2018-20
︎︎︎The Gold Paper, Graphic Designer 2018
︎︎︎Dice Festival, Co-Director 2018
︎︎︎Matheson Marcault, NOW PLAY THIS, Installation Assistant 2017-18
︎︎︎Goldsmiths Students’ Union, Design Intern 2017
︎︎︎Forest Fringe, Production Assistant 2017
︎︎︎Forest Fringe, Technical Assistant 2016
︎︎︎Joel O’Donoghue Company, Producer 2016
︎︎︎Jack Irving, Artist Assistant 2016-17

︎︎︎Sick Magazine Issue 5 ‘Forming Kinships through Resisting Cure’ with amy etherington 2023
︎︎︎Errant Journal No. 5: Learning from our Ancestors ‘Bitches, witches & dykes: The Teachings of Black Feminist Publishing in Aotearoa’ 2023
︎︎︎Counter Signals 5: Systems and their Discontents, ‘No Future for Bad Crips’, 2023
︎︎︎AGIA Eye on Design, The Liberatory Potential of Teaching Design from a Body in Pain 2022
︎︎︎MA Thesis ‘Crip is a Verb: Notes Towards an Interdisciplinary Practise’ 2022
︎︎︎DreamsTime Free: Soft Tissue, ‘Nights Web of Reason’ 2021
︎︎︎RCA Design & Philosophy Journal Issue 1, ‘Design Cripistemologies Remix: The Design Saviour & its Accomplices’ 2020
︎︎︎Content Free, Serious Satire: Lessons from Aspergestan 2020
︎︎︎Takeaway Press, In The Sick Hour with Jane Hartshorn 2020
︎︎︎BA thesis ‘Design Cripistemologies’ 2020
︎︎︎Ache Magazine Issue 3, Proxy Politics and the I Can’t 2020

︎︎︎ Making (and Holding) a Crip Planetarium, Somerset House Studios 2023
︎︎︎Woke Designers Reading Club Season 4: Designing on Crip Time 2022
︎︎︎Dash Arts, World Within Worlds ‘Science Fiction, Disabled Futures’ zine making workshops 2021
︎︎︎Knowle West Media Centre, Come Together ‘Proxy Politics: Making and Unmaking Perspectives on Access’ with APV 2021
︎︎︎We Are Superfluous, Bodies of Work‘Work is a Verb’ zine making workshop with Sticky Fingers Publishing 2021
︎︎︎Control Shift Network ‘Proxy Politics: Making and Unmaking Perspectives on Access’ with APV 2020
︎︎︎The Remote Body ‘In the Sick Hour: Writing Workshop’ with Jane Hartshorn 2020
︎︎︎Freedom Press ‘DIY FANTHOLOGY’ zine making workshop with Lily McCraith 2019
︎︎︎Anti-University ‘We Go In A Circle And End Up Writing A Book’ with Lily McCraith 2019

︎︎︎ Healing Justice London, ‘Rehearsing Accessible Futures’ Panel discussion hosted by Studio Hyte 2023
︎︎︎AGIA Design Conference ‘Design is Eugenics is Design: Introducing Crip Theory to Design Studies’ 2023
︎︎︎Migrants in Culture, ‘Disability & Access for Visual Organising’, 2023
︎︎︎Shape Arts Podcast ‘Episode 1: Kaiya Waerea - how can socially-engaged artists intervene?’, 2023
︎︎︎BRICKS talks: Anxieties and Accessibility of Networking panel 2022
︎︎︎University of the Arts London, MA Graphic Visual Communication, visiting practitioner talk with Sticky Fingers Publishing 2022
︎︎︎NN Contemporary, Access, Power, Visibility with APV 2021
︎︎︎The Future of Work Conference, ‘Future in Practise’ with Michelle O’Higgins 2019

Residencies & Alternative Education
︎︎︎Zine Making Residency at the Cornwall Zine Library, the Fish Factory 2022
︎︎︎Writing Survival writing course led by Catriona Morton 2022
︎︎︎Arvon, ESSAY week-long course led by Olivia Sudjic and Sam Fisher 2022
︎︎︎LADA DIY: The Politics of Intimacy Residency led by Raju Rage 2020-21
︎︎︎Making Futures Summer School run by UDK Berlin and ZuloArk Architects 2019
︎︎︎Performing Togetherness, School of Civic Action, run by Public Works 2019

︎︎︎Maximilian William Gallery, ‘Five Years of Sticky Fingers Publishing’ 2024
︎︎︎LORE 2024 Film Festival, ‘Innovative Healthcare the Movie’ (7mins) 2024
︎︎︎A Cheap Day Out group show 2023
︎︎︎Lunchtime Gallery, I’M BORED OF READING I WANT REVENGE, Sticky Fingers Publishing 2022
︎︎︎South Kiosk Gallery Summer Screenings, Perspectives on Visibility, 2021
︎︎︎Alchemy Film & Arts, How to Smash your Head into your Computer Monitor and Come Out Near the River Ravensborne 2021
︎︎︎Transmediale Almanac of Refusal, Perspectives on Visibility 2021
︎︎︎Control Shift Network, Perspectives on Visibility 2020-21
︎︎︎Kings College University ‘Criposium’, A Collision, 2020
︎︎︎Prelon Musk: Acts of Klieness, Bags of Slime of Bags of Slime of Bags of Slime,with Soul Miles 2019
︎︎︎Themselves Commune Peckham Festival, I Dream About Thinking About Work 2019

Creative Practice
︎︎︎Research interests
Feminism, Crip Theory, Disability justice, illness, embodiment, auto-theory, the erotic, design thinking, methodology, diaspora, Maaoritanga, anti-colonialism, epistemology, accessibility, libraries, etymology, local histories, material histories, precarity, image, surface, holes

︎︎︎Formal interests
Pedagogy, publishing, creative non-fiction, essay, epistolary, video essay, image-making, zine-making, glossaria, email, indexing, cartography

︎︎︎(Some) skills
Writing, editing, academic research, facilitation, tutoring, Risograph printing, Adobe Creative Cloud, Google Suite, Microsoft Office, Notion, Zoom

References available upon request.
Please ask to see my access rider.