Sand in the Apricot Jam

Sand in the Apricot is a WW1 centenary commemorative project on the NZ Mounted Rifles who served in the Middle East campaign of the First World War. My grandfather served with the NZ Mounted Rifles and was the inspiration behind telling the story of this lesser known WW1 campaign. Sand in the Apricot Jam toured New Zealand from 2014 – 2018 during the centenary period. It was also exhibited in Rishon Le Zion, Israel during the WW1 centenary commemorations there.

The name for the exhibition came from my grandfather’s dislike for apricot jam. The solders were given apricot jam in their rations and would invariably get sand in it while out in the field. The name locates the subject of the artwork to this particular campaign in the war.

The Individual Artworks

Gallipoli/Being reunited in the desert

Gallipoli/Being reunited in the desert
oil on paper | 2014 | 3m x 1.3m | SOLD

The Sinai Campaign

Sinai Campaign
oil on paper | 2014 | 3m x 1.3m

The Palestine Campaign

Palestine Campaign
oil on paper | 2014 | 3m x 1.3m

Battle of Ayun Kara/ NZMR Welcomed in Rishon LeZion

Battle of Ayun Kara/NZMR Welcomed in Rishon LeZion
Oil on canvas | 2017 | 3m x 1.3m

The Bond of the Mounteds

The Bond of the Mounteds/ The final farewell
Oil on paper | 2014 | 3m x 1.3m

Installation view

Sand in the Apricot Jam
– Sand in the Apricot Jam was first shown at Expressions Whirinaki, Upper Hutt 2014
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– Installation view at Waikato Museum, Hamiltion NZ 2016
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– During the opening of Sand in the Apricot Jam in Rishon LeZion opened by The Right Honorable Dame Patsy Reddy, Governor General of New Zealand 2017
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Find out more about this project and it’s journey.