I love it when I’m busy in my arts practice and 2018 was no exception! In April I was fortunate to be awarded the ANZAC fellowship residency at NZ Pacific studios. I was able to work on my project ‘A Home Away from Home’ while on the residency and continued this project afterwards. ‘A Home Away from Home was an arts project about a group of women who ran the Aotea Convalescent home for NZ soldiers, in Egypt, during WW1 (you can read all about it here). It was shown at Aratoi Gallery in Masterton (Sept – Oct), and WHMilbank Gallery in Whanganui (Nov). Many relatives of the nurses saw the exhibition and I was fortunate enough to meet many of them during these exhibition periods.
‘Sand in the Apricot Jam‘ (my WW1 centenary project) returned to New Zealand after being on show at the Museum of Rishon LeZion in Israel since October 2017. To mark the centenary of the end of WW1, and it’s return to NZ, it was shown at St. Patrick’s College, Silverstream.
The work painted specifically for the exhibition in Israel, which hadn’t been shown with the other pieces that form ‘Sand in the Apricot Jam’ in NZ, completed it’s touring journey with a showing at Expressions Whirinaki in Upper Hutt. A fitting end as this was where ‘Sand in the Apricot Jam’ began it’s journey back in 2014. To mark the journey of this exhibition and also to bring together my two WW1 themed projects I self published a limited edition book about the ‘Sand in the Apricot Jam’ and ‘A Home Away from Home’.
In 2018 I also brushed off my public speaking hat again and gave artist talks about these two projects (at the exhibition openings as well as being invited to speak at Plimmerton Rotary and the Masterton Library). It was a real privilege to share my story of the arts projects and the background behind them.
Last year I was also fortunate enough to be one of 24 artists, out of 260 who applied, to be selected to paint a mural for one of the new hotel suites at QT hotel in Wellington, NZ. The mural I painted was based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale ‘the Musicians of Bremen’ (A continuation of my Grimm Project). It was a nod to the entertainment district the hotel is located in. It was fabulous to be a part of this and to meet with a great group of fellow artists.
Such a varied range of projects and experiences in 2018 and a real pleasure to be a part of them all. For 2019 I am looking forward to continuing the year as I started and that’s with time in the studio enjoying artistic experimentation and expanding my practice.