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A community arts radio show that challenges the belief that the arts are exclusive.

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A community arts radio show that challenges the belief that the arts are exclusive.
The hour-long weekly show, Sugar Loafing Arts Cast, combines interviews, on-site recordings, event recommendations and musical interludes. 
Hosts, Taranaki-based painter David Le Fleming and writer Suraya Sidhu Singh, approach the arts in relatable ways.
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Stratford's Best Kept Secret

"For peace of mind I think it's really, really important for people to find something (creative) to do, and to give themselves permission to do it."
Sue Hogan found making crafts lifted her spirits when job-hunting left her feeling frustrated and depressed. She started Verdigris Creative Studio as a gallery and workshop space in Whakaahurangi / Stratford to share her skills, and help others make time for themselves.

Duration: 00:59:32 | Date: 7 September, 2019

National Poetry Day and the Pole of Consent

On National Poetry Day, 23 August, a great crowd gathered at Koru on Devon gallery in Ngāmotu / New Plymouth for the first -- but not the last! -- 'Logo Malarchy' open mic poetry night.
Poets from around the province and the country spoke of road trips, wet cats, saying no, love, death, race, homelessness, online dating and more.

Duration: 00:59:55 | Date: 31 August, 2019

Ans Westra and Adrienne Jansen on Documenting Muslim New Zealanders

Ans Westra in conversation with writer Adrienne Jansen, and Maya Al-Fayyad -- representing the Taranaki Muslim community. They talk about the people in the photographs, how 15 March has changed New Zealand, and how Islamophobia spreads.
Ans Westra grew up in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands. It was against this backdrop of forced monoculturalism she began to yearn to know more about other cultures. Ultimately, she would come to New Zealand and take world-famous photographs in Māori communities, and those that form the exhibition now on at Percy Thomson Gallery in Whakaahurangi (Stratford) - The Crescent Moon: The Asian Face of Islam in New Zealand.

Duration: 00:57:10 | Date: 24 August, 2019

Body Builders and Highland Dancers, with Fiona Clark

Fiona Clark never throws anything away.
Cuttings, certificates, snapshots and even shoes come together to make Raw Materials -- Clark's exhibition just opened at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre - a veritable treasure trove archive of photography, film, dance, body building and history.

Duration: 00:59:34 | Date: 17 August, 2019

Sugar Loafing on Art Theft

There’s more than one way to steal art.
We look at everything from elaborate art heists like the 1990 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum robbery, to forgery, Nazi plunder, misappropriation of cultural artefacts by museums and galleries who sell, but don’t pay up.
You may be surprised to learn how much art crime happens in New Zealand. We delve into some of cases featured in Penelope Jackson’s book, Art thieves, fakers & fraudsters: the New Zealand story.

Duration: 01:00:09 | Date: 3 August, 2019

Koru On Devon With Fay Looney And Linda McFetridge

Fay Looney popped in to Brownson's Jewellers one day to get a string of pearls fixed. A conversation happened and soon, Koru on Devon gallery was moving into that amazing space, just opposite Peggy Gordons. A massive effort involved dozens of local artists lifting, hammering, painting and plastering, but Fay and Linda McFetridge say it's just the beginning of their vision to build the Taranaki arts scene.

We also hear about Fay's journey to her celebrated photography career, Fay and Linda's tips on artists to watch, and hear awesome new music from Ché Rogers.

Duration: 01:00:22 | Date: 20 July, 2019

Kayla Upton - Bronze Sculptor

Explore bronze casting, occultism, tarot and the Judaic Kaballah Tree of Life as we interview New Plymouth-based artist and polymath Kayla Upton. Not to be missed.

Duration: 00:59:02 | Date: 13 July, 2019

Redecorating Taranaki

Medals, trophies, merits, stars and bars... there's lots of 'decorations' (awards), but is there one for the person, and the mahi, you value most?

The Redecorating Taranaki project asks about the people and the acts of love, kindness, humility, humour, empathy -- anything! -- you think deserve to be recognised. Ideas will inspire 10 new pieces of contemporary memorability to be part of Puke Ariki's collection.

Sam and Jen, of The Jewel and the Jeweller, talk more about the project in our latest episode.

Duration: 00:58:13 | Date: 29 June, 2019

Ronald Hugh Morrieson Awards 2019

Writers and poets, listen in for tips from the judges of this year's Ronald Hugh Morrieson awards, passed on by organiser Pam Jones of #SouthTaranaki Libraries. We also read a beautiful, sad story from one of last year's winners that you'll really want to hear.

Duration: 00:58:53 | Date: 22 June, 2019

Having Your Own Open Studio

Artists who had an open studio as part of the Taranaki Arts Trail this weekend just been, have shared their tips or thoughts, e.g. what they learned, how they prepared

Duration: 01:00:11 | Date: 15 June, 2019

Taranaki Arts Trail

The Taranaki Arts Trail 2019: Interviews with three artists, Jeanette Benton, Misun Kim and Joshua Sands - Artist, who all had exhibitions or open studios over the Arts Trail weekend.

Duration: 00:58:26 | Date: 8 June, 2019

Rohan Wealleans

Rohan Wealleans - keeper of the sisyphus

Duration: 00:59:24 | Date: 1 June, 2019

Janine Randerson, Weather Artist

Duration: 00:59:26 | Date: 25 May, 2019

Vicarious art_Musings

In today's episode of Sugar Loafing Arts Cast, we vicariously muse on a range of artists, including
- London based duo, Miss Bugs
- Miroslaw Balka from Poland
- New York performance artist Claire Zakiewicz

Duration: 00:58:00 | Date: 18 May, 2019

Whare Kahurangi Pukeariki

Puke Ariki curator Chanelle Carrick takes us on a tour of the Whare Kahurangi exhibition, marking 100 years since the museum opened.
It looks at some of the big questions museums face. What should they collect? What shouldn't they? Should conservators open a sealed collection of papers marked 'private'? Should taonga Māori (Māori art and valued objects) be returned to iwi? Do the people of Taranaki really need a stuffed Canadian badger?

Duration: 00:57:37 | Date: 4 May, 2019

NicolasParis

"In Nicolás Paris’s exhibition What connects us at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth, sudden gardens appear beneath floorboards and take the place of stairs. Huge logs of driftwood charge through the air as if carried by unseen water..."

In this episode we interview Colombian artist and artist in residence at the Govett Brewster Art Gallery and Len Lye Centre, Nicolás Paris. We discuss his public programme here in Taranaki, working with schools, teachers and his philosophical investigations into the learning process, nature, art and contemporary life.

Duration: 01:00:02 | Date: 26 April, 2019

Paul X Walsh on Street Art

The Sugar Loafers talk with stand-out street artist Paul X Walsh about the process of creating those large-scale paintings, Paul's journey into the art form and what you need to give it a go.

Duration: 00:59:15 | Date: 20 April, 2019

What Is Your Go To Art?

Dave asks strangers on #NewPlymouth's #CoastalWalkway about their recent art experiences. Really interesting answers!

Duration: 01:00:11 | Date: 13 April, 2019

Who Was Joyce Young?

Joyce was a Taranaki ceramic, paint and pastel artist who tirelessly taught, supported and promoted other artists -- a linchpin of the arts community.
We interview Joyce's son Ralph, daughter-in-law Sue and grandson Geoffrey on her life, creative processes and inspirations.

Duration: 01:00:00 | Date: 30 March, 2019

WOMAD

The Sugar Loafers (Dave and Suraya) reflect on Womad 2019. They describe the whole thing for folks who've never been, share music from the artists they especially enjoyed and give you their Top 10 Tips for an awesome Womad.

Duration: 00:57:35 | Date: 23 March, 2019

The Creative Process

Duration: 01:00:05 | Date: 16 March, 2019

Playcycle

In today's show we're excited to showcase local Taranaki tech wizards 'Playcycle', Che Rogers and Peter Heard. We visit their studio in New Plymouth and get an in-depth tour of their rigs and musical dynamics. We talk about their experiences within the New Zealand festival scene and their #experimentalvideo work and collaborations with #videoartists such as Dwayne Duthie.

Duration: 00:59:35 | Date: 9 March, 2019

Why Watercolour? with Joni Murphy

A chat with watercolour artist and teacher Joni Murphy about why watercolours are an amazing medium, and how you can get started.

Duration: 00:59:29 | Date: 2 March, 2019

Paul Hutchinson Volker Hawighorst

A walk around Paul Hutchinson's exhibition "Back up" Koru on Devon.
Volker Hawighorst's Best Before exhibition, also at Koru on Devon. Hear how Volker got hold of thousands of tags, and how he's been inspired by John Coltrane, prime numbers and more.

Duration: 00:59:29 | Date: 23 February, 2019

Dave in Studio

Dave Le Fleming shares some thoughts in his studio about painting and his forth coming exhibition in Wellington, Original Myth

Duration: 00:59:52 | Date: 9 February, 2019

Karen Standke

Interview with Melbourne-based NZ-Australian-German landscape artist Karen Standke. She speaks about how her stunning landscapes explore environmental and political issues.

Duration: 01:03:42 | Date: 2 February, 2019

Tapestry, Witchcraft - Polly Lind

We chat with Wellington-based, Taranaki-raised modern applique tapestry artist Polly about:
- The slippery slope from practising witchcraft to textile art
- How not to make shorty pyjamas
- Geriatric cat care
- Decolonisation, appropriation and paganism
- How ‘Indie art’ finds its audience.
With music from Florence and the Machine, Grace VanderWaal, Tori Amos and The Bats.

Duration: 01:02:23 | Date: 26 January, 2019

LGBTQ

Art inspired by LGBTQ+ life in New Plymouth in the 1990s
We interview Shannon Novak, whose exhibition 17 years reflects on growing up gay in New Plymouth in the 80s and 90s. We follow the story through the art, talking about religion, the social role of cruising spots, recording LGBTQ+ history and how the internet changed everything.

We also talk with photographer Fiona Clark about her photographs documenting New Plymouth's LGBTQ+ history, especially 47 St Aubyn Street, home of support groups and magical parties.

Duration: 01:01:46 | Date: 19 January, 2019

Art Education in NZ

What was art at school like for you? Did it build your confidence in your own creativity and inspire you to explore arts more? Or did it make you feel the arts were only for a few special, talented people?

David Le Fleming tracks down his high school art teacher Sue Artner to find out what was behind the art education that made such an impact on him.

Duration: 01:03:39 | Date: 12 January, 2019

I am Woman

You'll be guided through the stunning I Am Woman exhibition at Percy Thomson Gallery by curator Rhonda Bunyan and hear from painter Fern Petrie in depth about her paintings. I Am Woman marks 125 years if women's suffrage in New Zealand, and we talk about why exhibitions like this help tell important and often little-told stories, new and old.

Duration: 01:04:49 | Date: 22 December, 2018

Improv

It's about improvised music and features:
- an interview with Berlin-based innovator Taishi Nagasaka,
- 9-year-old neighbour Madeline reflects on her first jamming experience
- live jam recordings and some other great music
- 8 tips for an awesome jam
- Dave's cool typewriter samples

Duration: 01:01:04 | Date: 15 December, 2018