Since March, 70,000 New Zealanders have experienced 14 day managed isolation in hotels around the country in order to return home. Accor New Zealand is collaborating with globally renowned Kiwi artist, Ruby Jones to bring their experiences to life in an artist-in-residency at Allpress Studio Auckland from Tuesday 24 November – Monday 7 December called ‘Thanks from Iso’.
Accor NZ partnered with the New Zealand government to help with the repatriation of Kiwis who were returning home and required 14-days of managed isolation. Almost overnight, many hotel workers transitioned from the welcoming face of our all-important tourism industry to critial components in our fight to keep COVID-19 out of our communities. Returning Kiwis and essential workers have played their role, to ensure the safety of our team of five million.
During this time Accor hotel teams received thousands of items of creative and written works from guests isolating in their factilities.
Ruby is a Wellington-based illustrator who works primarily in digital form. She is best known for her drawing of two women embracing in a hug with the words ‘this is your home and you should have been safe here’ which was spread widely following the 2019 Christchurch terror attacks. Since then she has illustrated a cover for Time Magazine and released her first book All Of This Is For You through Penguin Random House.
This exhibition will offer fascinating insights into the journey made by those who have experienced managed isolation as well as the Kiwis who have been tirelessly working on the front line for the majority of 2020. As part of her residency, Ruby will interpret the experiences of these Kiwis, creating a body of artwork she hopes will encompass the bravery and solidarity shown during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Allpress Gallery, 8 Drake Street, Freemans Bay, Auckland 1010
Tuesday 24th November - 7th December 2020
Monday - Friday 7am - 2.30pm