Fabulous news! I have been selected as the 2018 Anzac fellowship recipient which means I get to spend time at the fabulous NZ Pacific Studio artists residency. It’s a wonderful opportunity to work on a project that explores some of the roles NZ women took on during WW1. This is an extension of my Sand in the Apricot Jam project and is focused around the Aotea Convalescent Home in Egypt. This home was set up as it was recognised that the NZ soldiers needed somewhere to recuperate, a sort of home away from home to recover in. This was made possible by a group of women from Whanganui, NZ and was run my nurses and volunteers from the Whanganui & Wiarapapa regions. Also almost entirely funded by the fund raising efforts of the women from these regions.
I’m looking forward to making the most of this opportunity and to connect with the local community while doing so.
I’ve been reading this recently published book on the ANZAC story from Sinai to Palestine during WW1 by Christopher J Wilson Archer. It’s an insightful read and great to have the story of the NZ Mounted Rifles told so well. It’s available for NZ$35 + postage. Contact email@example.com to order a copy
On the 30th of October Sand in the Apricot Jam was officially opened by the Governor General of New Zealand Dame Patsy Redding and Mayor of Rishon LeZion Meir Nitzan. attended by New Zealand and Israeli dignitaries and invited guests.
At the event the NZ Defence Force Maori cultural group did a performance to honour the occasion and the men of the NZ Mounted Rifles. A friendship plaque was also unveiled to honour the connection between the Mounted Rifles and Rishon LeZion.
It was a wonderful event hosted by the Municipality of Rishon LeZion and the NZ Embassy to Israel as part of the WW1 100 year commemorations. I am so thrilled to have played a part in honouring the men of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles through this exhibition during this time of commemoration and remembrance.
‘Sand in the Apricot Jam‘ opened to the public on the 19th of October for a tour group of approximately 170 people organised by the Australian Light Horse Association. They are in Israel for the commemoration of the centenary of the Battle of Beersheba (31st October) and made time to visit the exhibition.
An official opening for invited guests hosted by the Municipality of Rishon LeZion and the NZ Embassy will be held on the 30th of October. The exhibition will run for 6 months alongside another exhibition ‘Liberation, Tidings & Hope’ on the connection between the ANZAC forces and Rishon LeZion during ww1.
I’ve been busy in the studio working on the new artwork to be exhibited for the first time at the Museum of Rishon LeZion in Israel. This new work will feature along side some of the other works from the original exhibition of Sand in the Apricot Jam.
The exhibition will open to the public mid October and run until the end of November 2017. So if you are planning a trip to Israel to follow the trail of the ANZAC’s and to attend the centenary of the Battle of Beersheba add a trip to the Museum of Rishon LeZion to your itinerary.
At the conclusion of my artist residency at Samuel Marsden Collegiate is an exhibition of works from the Grimm Project including the new works that were created during the residency. The exhibition also includes some of the student work that came from the master classes I ran for the students.
The exhibition is on show at the NZ Portrait Gallery, Shed 11, Customhouse Quay, Wellington and runs from the 24th June – 1st July.
Over a 5 week period I have had the pleasure of being the 2017 Samuel Marsden Artist in Residence. It’s been a fantastic opportunity to work on some pieces for my Grimm Project as well as run workshops with the students and introduce them to how this practicing artist creates her paintings.
Some of the workshops have included figurative drawing, mask making (from being influenced by ‘The Golden Bird’ paintings) and visual story telling. The work they have produced has been terrific, I’ve really enjoyed working with the students.
For my own artworks I’ve used the opportunity of being in a new studio space within a girls school to let the new environment and surrounding area influence my work. So some of the colours and imagery of the area have made it’s way into my work. Including changing the 2 protagonists from the story ‘The Singing Bone’, who were brothers, into sisters instead. Two of the students from Marsden posed for the work.
At the end of the residency my work, along with some of the student work, will be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in Wellington from 24th June – 2nd July
Great news my Pledgeme crowdfunding campaign was successful! I reached my funding target so I can now cover the costs to send the exhibition from New Zealand to Israel for exhibition in November.
If you are interested in a Limited Edition print there are still a few copies available. Or if you’d like a set of postcards there are some available too, please contact me on the address on the poster here. Please note the prices are in NZD$ and there is an additional charge for international freight.