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Sugar Loafing Arts Cast: Past Episodes 2021

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 writer Suraya Sidhu Singh, approach the arts in relatable ways.


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Brenda Cash

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

Duration: 00:54:27 | Date: 18 December, 2021

Taranaki Sculptor Chris Wells

This week I interview skilled Taranaki sculptor Chris Wells. Chris speaks about his career as a chef and artist and about the completion of a significant project.

Duration: 00:51:50 | Date: 11 December, 2021

Sam Kelly

This week I speak to contemporary jeweller/ sculptor and co- founder of The Jewel and the Jeweller, Sam Kelly. Sam talks about her journey into the creative world as well as the process of working with bone.

Duration: 00:44:20 | Date: 4 December, 2021

Marita Green, Potter

This week I interview dedicated New Plymouth Potter Marita Green, Potter whose beautiful work is both functional and quirky.
Marita currently has work on show at Kina NZ Design as part of the Cup exhibition

Duration: 00:45:23 | Date: 27 November, 2021

Craig Foltz

This week I interview writer Craig Foltz who speaks about his journey as a writer and poet. Craig also talks about his latest book, Locals Only, An Outsider's Insider Perspective on Aotearoa - a selection of poems offering up an insightful road trip of New Zealand places.

Duration: 00:48:35 | Date: 20 November, 2021

Rohan Wealleans

This week I interview Taranaki based artist Rohan Wealleans who is opening up his studio from tomorrow for the Taranaki Arts Trail. Rohan also runs a New Plymouth-based art gallery, Contemporary Art Space. A new group show, ' We All Think We Are Goid People' which features artists from around New Zealand is happening on Saturday night from 6pm.

Duration: 00:49:50 | Date: 30 October, 2021

Oakura Jeweller Sally Laing

This week I speak with Oakura jeweler Sally Laing who is one of the artists participating in the Oakura Arts Trail, which is running at the same time as the Taranaki Arts Trail, October 30 & 31 and November 6 & 7.

Duration: 00:41:56 | Date: 23 October, 2021

Kristin D'Agostino

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

Duration: 00:51:12 | Date: 16 October, 2021

Sarah Tullett

Alice chats with talented Taranaki jeweler, Sarah Tullett, who speaks about her creative life and participating in the Taranaki Arts Trail for the first time.

Duration: 00:39:03 | Date: 9 October, 2021

Sam Dollimore

This week I interview wonderful Porirua artist Sam Dollimore whose exhibition Prognosicators recently opened at Contemporary Art Space, New Plymouth.

Duration: 00:46:02 | Date: 2 October, 2021

Coastal Taranaki Arts Trail

On this week's show I interview two coastal Taranaki artists, painter Leigh Fairweather and Jeweller Belinda Lubkoll of Ringcraft Moana Jewellers, who are opening up their studios as part of the Taranaki Arts Trail which is happening on the weekends of October 29-31 and November 5-7.

Duration: 00:57:12 | Date: 25 September, 2021

Jeanette Verster

I had the pleasure of interviewing award-winning Taranaki artist Jeanette Verster who has an experimental and progressive textile art practice. Jeanette has a solo exhibition opening from the blue studio gallery, I Have Not Lost My Marbles ( Yet). next month.

Duration: 00:51:13 | Date: 21 August, 2021

Gabrielle Fawkner

Gabrielle is well known for her life drawing work but has most recently been experimenting with different mediums as part of her study, including harakeke paper and natural pigments. Gabrielle currently has work on display at the Lysaght Watt Gallery until August 13 part of the 'We Know What We Are, But Know Not What We Might Be' Exhibition.

Duration: 00:50:53 | Date: 7 August, 2021

Vicky Lord

I chat to talented Taranaki creative Vicky Lord about her art practice through which she explores the dynamics of relationships with others, self, and the environment. She also discusses the power and benefits of tapping into our creative energy to create change.

Duration: 00:53:47 | Date: 31 July, 2021

Glen Reaper, Taranaki Artist

This week I interview Taranaki artist Glen Reaper. Glen currently has work exhibited at Access Radio's exhibition space, including 3D works made from recyclable materials and sketches. Glen is a talented tattoo artist and musician who explores a range of subject matter.

Duration: 00:37:41 | Date: 24 July, 2021

Martine Baavinger, Apeture Show

Ans photographed Māori mostly in rural settings throughout Aotearoa and one of her publications was the controversial ‘Washday at the Pa’ which offered insight into the Māori way of life in rural Aotearoa at the time of urbanisation.
The show not only tells Ans life story but offers a wider opportunity for conversations around colonisation and history.

Duration: 00:55:26 | Date: 17 July, 2021

David Le Fleming, Seven Queens of the Feather

David and I talk about chickens and his creative process. David will also reveal which special guests will make an appearance during the exhibition.

Duration: 00:56:25 | Date: 10 July, 2021

Teresa Goodin

During this episode, Teresa speaks about her new work which explores the values of compassion and loving-kindness. She also speaks about a series of workshops she is running over the coming weeks which support mental well-being for youth and adults. These include Sacred Plant Medicine, Collage, Creative Journaling, Mandalas, Buddhist Psychology, and Meditation.

Duration: 00:59:51 | Date: 3 July, 2021

Karl Foreman Craftsman

I chat to Salvation Army Captain and craftsperson Karl Foreman about his incredible life journey and expression of spirituality, identity and culture through wood, bone and leather craft.

Duration: 00:57:27 | Date: 26 June, 2021

Rhonda Bunyan

Alice interviews Percy Thomson Gallery Director Rhonda Bunyan about an incredible body of work due to be exhibited at the gallery by one of New Zealand's most influential photographers, Marti Friedlander.

Duration: 00:44:48 | Date: 19 June, 2021

Promoting Yourself for Artists

Duration: 00:49:04 | Date: 22 May, 2021

Kris White

This week we're speak with a painter known for bright colours separated by thick black lines -- Kris White Art & Design. She talks about being part of the Oakura Arts Trail, winning a 3D award at the Taranaki National Art Awards for a paper bag and her many inspirations.

Duration: 00:50:31 | Date: 8 May, 2021

Virginia Winder

Today's episode of Sugar Loafing Arts Cast is a bit different. Journalist, poet and art enthusiast Virginia Winder interviews our usual host Suraya Sidhu Singh about her art practice, costumes and chickens.

Duration: 1:00:13 | Date: 1 May, 2021

Taonga Pūoro with Kiri McGuire of Kakano Opunake

Glass maker Kiri McGuire (Ngāti Pāhauwera) recently founded the gallery, Kākano Ōpūnake. It's a place people can go to learn about, learn to play and buy Taonga Pūoro (traditional Māori musical instruments) made by Kiri and some of Aotearoa's best makers, alongside learning raranga (weaving) from local experts.

Duration: 00:31:57 | Date: 24 April, 2021

Jolene McCarten Ceramicist Interview

Inanimate objects looking sad are a speciality for Taranaki-based ceramic artist Jolene McCartan, known as Warm Your Ghosts on Instagram. We ask how she started making these glum yet charming figures, where inspiration comes from and what's involved in turning a lump of clay into a maudlin hairy friend.

Duration: 00:54:22 | Date: 17 April, 2021

Seung Yul Oh

Everyone's talking about Seung Yul Oh's new exhibition at Contemporary Art Space Taranaki. We'll be talking to Seung about his process and his work.

Duration: 00:36:10 | Date: 10 April, 2021

Irene Smit the Painter

Irene Smit is a painter in New Plymouth who do life like portraits. Her beautiful work is currently being displayed at Access Radio Taranaki.

Duration: 00:50:16 | Date: 20 March, 2021

Dan Mills Painter

Duration: 00:38:58 | Date: 13 March, 2021

Brett Graham

Brett Graham in conversation at the Govett Brewster Art Gallery, discussing the processes behind the making of his exhibition, Tai Moana Tai Tangata, and the histories and narratives which underpin it.

Duration: 00:58:23 | Date: 6 March, 2021

Evan Webb on Len Lye

Director of the Len Lye Foundation Evan Webb gives a talk about the key ideas in Len Lye's work, to a packed audience at the Govett Brewster Art Gallery and Len Lye Centre on 30 January 2021.

Duration: 1:00:12 | Date: 6 February, 2021

Shakespeare, Art and Gin

Jo Stallard was so taken with the light in a potential studio space in Fenton St, Whakaahurangi-Stratford that she and her partner bought the whole building... and proceeded to turn it into the wee gem that is Fenton Street Art Collective: gallery, coffee shop and gin distillery. Jo talks about her process-driven oil paintings of human subjects, her inspirational plans to change the face of Stratford and how she manages to bring so many big ideas to fruition.

Duration: 00:57:36 | Date: 23 January, 2021

Antonia OMahony

Researching family and local history inspired Antonia O'Mahony's works on paper, with accompanying audio, showing as part of Puke Ariki 's Homework exhibition. We explore the history of Moturoa, the people who lived there, a mysteriously disappeared stream that once ran through it and how they've formed part of Antonia's work.

Duration: 00:52:12 | Date: 16 January, 2021