Cyril and Friends Etsy store now open!

For those who follow me on social media will probably be aware of my little friend Cyril the Cicada and his friends (For those who are new to Cyril you can follow his antics on Instagram). Well I’m thrilled to announce that Cyril now has a store on Etsy – whoop whoop!! Here you can purchase Cyril products such as a book and cards – check out the store here >>

Meet Cyril and Friends!

Cyril and Friends is my humour based photographic project aimed at reflecting on different aspects of everyday life through the eyes of Cyril the cicada and his other insect friends. This project came about out of a response to being inundated with cicadas during the summer of 2018/19. They were so plentiful & noisy! I was honestly being driven nuts by the noise! Then I started finding dead cicadas everywhere (clearly too many even for the birds to feast on!) so I decided to create little photographic stories around him. These started off reflecting on how tough the male cicadas…

2018 What a busy year!

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…

WW1 centenary art exhibitions come to a close

This week represents the conclusion of the touring of my two WW1 commemorative arts projects – Sand in the Apricot Jam and A Home Away from Home. Sand in the Apricot Jam has been touring nationally and internationally since 2014 and A Home Away from Home, created this year was exhibited to mark the conclusion of the centenary commemorations. Both the artworks and myself have had an incredibly journey since I decided to tackle these commemorative arts project – As it is the conclusion of the WW1 centenary commemorative period with the anniversary of the Armistice having recently been acknowledged,…

TV interview

Well yes it’s all been happening! As I posted earlier I’ve been involved in painting a mural on one of the new hotel rooms at QT Museum Hotel in Wellington. While in the creative throws we had a film crew from Seven Sharp visit and this aired on Seven Sharp on Friday 28th September. Here is that interview on Facebook 

Your Art Our Rooms

Wow It’s been ages since the last post and this is why! I’ve been involved in this wonderful initiative at QT Museum Hotel Wellington. QT put out a call to artists to be involved in transforming their new suite of hotel rooms into works of art. Out of 260 artists who applied I along with 26 other artists were selected. 19 of us made our marks on the walls of the 24 individual suites while others were commissioned for pieces elsewhere in the hotel. For this I’ve been painting a large scale work directly on the wall of the room…

A Home Away from Home @ Aratoi

A solo exhibition of works on paper and cotton veils ‘A Home Away from Home’ will be on show at Aratoi Museum of Art and History in Masterton, New Zealand, from Thursday 13 September – Sunday 7th October 2018. In this final year of the centenary of WW1, this exhibition is a tribute to a group of New Zealand women who ran the Aotea Convalescent Home for NZ soldiers in Egypt during the First World War. Their service to the well being of the soldiers led the men to fondly refer to Aotea as ‘A home away from home’. Mina…