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Sugar Loafing Arts Cast: Past Episodes 2020

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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Anna-Marie White on Brett Graham's Tai Moana Tai Tangata

A community arts radio show aims to take on the belief that the arts are exclusive.

Duration: 00:48:41 | Date: 19 December, 2020

Interview with Darcy Nicholas

A community arts radio show aims to take on the belief that the arts are exclusive.

Duration: 00:40:27 | Date: 13 December, 2020

Matariki Williams - Toi Māori

Hear Matariki Williams of Te Papa Tongarewa (Museum of New Zealand) talk about her role curating mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) for the October 2020 Monica Brewster Evening at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre.

Duration: 1:00:14 | Date: 28 November, 2020

Teresa Tongi

Once a police officer and a graduate of Auckland's Elam School of Art, more recently Theresa Tongi found herself picking up a paintbrush in the small hours of the night, after waking to care for her two autistic sons. Her paintings evoke a sense of calm and draw on images and icons of her Samoan heritage. Theresa talks about her exhibition Masina Atoa, on at Koru on Devon until 27 Nov.

Duration: 00:40:04 | Date: 14 November, 2020

Interview with Jordan Quinell

Interview with Jordan Quinnell (Ngā Ruahine, Taranaki and Tūwharetoa) an emerging artist known for graphical digital prints, often depicting events important to his whanau and Taranaki history, such as the Parihaka invasion.

Duration: 00:35:55 | Date: 21 November, 2020

Marita Green

You'll love this interview with Marita, who makes beautiful 'domestic ware' (aka cups, plates and stuff like that) with an emphasis on pieces that are a joy to use. Lots of philosophy and musings on the nature of art, life and making pots.

Duration: 00:59:24 | Date: 7 November, 2020

The Artist and the Maker_ Talk by Jon Geehan

Duration: 00:55:17 | Date: 31 October, 2020

Alice Cowdrey on Needle Felting

Alice Cowdrey has a studio and is one of two artists there who run LUMEN Studios & Gallery out of the old Okato cheese factory in the tiny Tataraimaka, Taranaki, New Zealand. She talks about the art of needlefelting, teaching the craft to others through workshops and the gallery that's become a must-see on Surf Highway 45.

Duration: | Date: 17 October, 2020


Hear our korero with Gabrielle Belz, curator of Aroaromahana -- work by the South Taranaki Maori Arts Collective -- at the Percy Thomson Gallery in Whakaahurangi / Stratford, until 11 October.

Duration: 00:56:28 | Date: 3 October, 2020

Music Of Reset 2020 Festival

Duration: 00:50:44 | Date: 26 September, 2020

Redecorating Taranaki Exhibition Pt. 2

Duration: 00:49:05 | Date: 12 September, 2020

Cathy Campbell-Smart, Emerging Artist

Got some tissue paper lying around? Or some Polyfilla? Painter Cathy Campbell-Smart innovates with materials to make her semi-abstracted seascapes and landscapes. She's exhibiting at the Emerge Gallery in Top Town Arcade, Ngāmotu / New Plymouth until 30 Sep 2020.

Duration: 00:42:24 | Date: 5 September, 2020

Sorawit Songsataya Rumours (Mermaid)

"A human being - in the past - would be represented through a male, European figure. But the field of thought around the non-human often explores what else that human could be. These also include marginalised groups - women, queer people, people of colour, but also extended further, to include animals, plants, river… that’s why I chose the mermaid."

Duration: 00:40:28 | Date: 29 August, 2020

Bobby Campbell Luke - Ngakau Mahaki - Walking my mother's footsteps

Fashion designer and filmmaker Bobby Campbell Luke (Ngāti Ruanui, Taranaki) speaking about his design and art processes that explore Māori identity, culture and history. A recording of the Monica Brewster evening at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre on 11 Aug 2020.

Duration: 00:59:47 | Date: 15 August, 2020

Dwayne Duthie

Taranaki artist Dwayne Duthie uses his colourful, exuberant paintings to explore themes that matter to young people. He's showing at Percy Thomson Gallery in Whakaahurangi / Stratford until 16 August 2020. We caught up to find out about the themes behind his process and inspiration.

Duration: 00:58:27 | Date: 8 August, 2020

Youth Arts Awards

Young Taranaki Artist Award winners 2020 Awards ceremony from the 2020 TSB Community Trust Emergence Art Awards from Percy Thomson Gallery.

Duration: 00:44:26 | Date: 1 August, 2020

Just a Card Campaign

"When you buy 'just a card' from an artist, maker, independent shop or creative business, you're not buying *just* a card. You're supporting passion, skill, creativity and community." That's the message of the Just A Card campaign that began in the UK and has spread worldwide: Artists and independents need your small purchases -- they make a difference.
We speak with Michael Fram of The Leaping Hare Gallery and Framers all the way over in North Yorkshire, about the thinking behind Just a Card.

Duration: 00:50:15 | Date: 25 July, 2020

Marianne Muggeridge Pt. 2

We carry on the gripping thread of our interview with Taranaki artist Marianne Muggeridge

Duration: 01:00:13 | Date: 18 July, 2020

Interview With Marianne Muggeridge Pt 1

Marianne Muggeridge is one of Taranaki and New Zealand's most well-known and well-loved artists. Her work is in the collection of institutions like Te Papa and she’s won several major awards and competitions. She’s well known for her portraits, Taranaki mounga landscapes and iconic paintings of Wellington houses.

Duration: 00:58:44 | Date: 4 July, 2020

Glass art with The Glass Gallery: Richard Landers

Duration: 00:48:17 | Date: 27 June, 2020

Emmanuelle Charmant

French photographer Emmanuelle Charmant (Little French Bird) now lives and works in Ōpunake. She's just put together a lovingly handmade, pocket-sized book called The Great Lockdown in a Little Town, covering her documentary photography of Ōpunake during 2020's covid-19 rāhui (lockdown). We talk about this series and her wider work.

Duration: 00:55:38 | Date: 20 June, 2020

Young Artist Award

Suraya speaks with Justin Morgan and Laura Campbell from Puke Ariki. Both are judges for this year's Emergence Awards. The TSB Community Trust Award for Young Taranaki Artists aims to empower and encourage the creative talents of young, aspiring and emerging artists from Taranaki, while providing a showcase for their works.

Duration: 00:26:05 | Date: 13 June, 2020

Decolonisation In NZ Art

An interview with Hanahiva Rose, writer on Maori and Pacific art practices and Assistant Curator at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre about colonisation and decolonisation in New Zealand art, with special reference to work in the Govett Brewster's collection.

Duration: 00:56:15 | Date: 30 May, 2020

What We Learned In Lockdown

Taranaki artists (Rhonda Bunyan Photography/Art/Life/Taranaki, Green Morris Studio - Brenda Cash and Linda McFetridge) talk about what they did during rāhui (lockdown), what inspiration it brought and what to do when you run out of art supplies.

Duration: 01:00:09 | Date: 16 May, 2020

Intro To Early Euro Music Part 3

Introduction to Early European Music Part 3 covers the period 1500 to 1630. We look at how the Renaissance conception of self, fast and furious religious change and !dancing! influenced music in Europe. We also hear a piece the Vatican banned for 150 years and learn some LBGTQ+ history.

Duration: 00:52:45 | Date: 9 May, 2020

Early European Music Pt.2

Fun fact: Several early music manuscripts survived only because they were considered disposable in their time. 'The Worcester Fragments' were found cut up into pieces and used to bind other books, other pages screwed up and bunged into holes in organ pipes. It's the only notated example of 'the English style' French monks were discussing in their letters at the time.
In this episode, we find out more about how polyphony developed in European music, including details of the 12th century Parisian hotbed of innovation. Yay for Paris.

Duration: 00:38:10 | Date: 18 April, 2020

Early European Music Pt.1

From Ancient Greece (700BC) to Scotland's Rosslyn Chapel (1500AD), this episode includes where the Greeks hid their rhythms, what the music of Dolly Parton has in common with Gregorian chant, the undefeated, coolest nun ever, obscure musical physics you can try at home, sacred geometry, secret code-breaking, and reasons to show your genitals to a field of wheat.

Duration: 00:52:50 | Date: 11 April, 2020

Motivation and Procrastination

Motivation, procrastination and the artist in captivity

Duration: 01:00:11 | Date: 28 March, 2020

Vicky Taylor Pyrographer

The mindful art practice known as wood burning, poker work or pyrography has gotten Vicky Taylor of Whakaahurangi / Stratford through some tough times. The tools can be difficult to get hold of in New Zealand, and any old wood won’t do. (Sorry about the poor sound quality — we’re working on finding a better app for recording.)

Duration: 00:53:33 | Date: 21 March, 2020

Lee Rapira

Multi-media artist Lee Rapira makes meticulously researched work around themes like place, consumerism and colonisation. Her exhibition is on at the Emerge Gallery at Access Radio Taranaki, Top Town, Ngā Motu / New Plymouth until 29 February 2020.

Duration: 00:48:59 | Date: 15 February, 2020

Carina McQueen

"Draw and paint whatever you want. Don’t listen too much to people saying, that’s not in fashion. You still have to do what you love to do."
Encouraging words from Carina McQueen, oil painter, exhibiting at Lysacht Watt Gallery in Hawera this month, with Amy Taunt.

Duration: 00:55:57 | Date: 8 February, 2020

Poets on Devon With Late For Life Drawing

Avant-garde, jazz and bushfire-inspired poetry accompanied by improvisational provocateurs Late for Life Drawing at this month's Logo Malarky at Koru on Devon.

Duration: 01:00:19 | Date: 1 February, 2020

Gover St Gallery

Heidi Griffin has long been involved in running galleries in Taranaki. In February 2020, she’s opening Gover Street Gallery, a large community-run space, in Ngāmotu / New Plymouth. Dwayne Duthie is adding an eye-catching mural to its front wall. We talk with Heidi about her plans for the space.

Duration: 00:59:43 | Date: 18 January, 2020

Teresa Goodin

"[My work] can be challenging for some people, and it's supposed to be. That work has been created by digging deep into my shadow... and looking at some things that were difficult to look at. That's going to show people something in themselves as well. It's going to stimulate something."

Duration: 00:59:43 | Date: 11 January, 2020