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Sugar Loafing Arts Cast: Past Episodes 2022

Sugar Loafing Arts Cast showcases the diversity of arts in Taranaki and beyond. Hosted by Mikaela Nyman

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

Sugar Loafing Arts Cast showcases the diversity of arts in Taranaki and beyond. Host Mikaela Nyman interviews artists, creative makers, writers and curators, and delves into art ideas and mediums, discussing a wide range of themes, such as decolonisation in New Zealand and Pacific art and literature, how to find inspiration, and the beauty of collaboration with other creative souls across art disciplines.

The fundamental idea of this podcast is to showcase arts and creativity and to inspire. Do you have a creative passion or want to share your ideas? Feel free to contact Mikaela on [email protected]


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Mulga Bore Hard Rock Band

Seven indigenous students from Mulga Bore School in the rural Northern Territory formed a rock band to audition for a competition - and went on to win the event, taking out the Alice Springs Battle of the School Bands. Pesala Brown (Debbie Pearce) from Taranaki is a Teaching Principal at the Mulga Bore School. We’ll hear some talented young indigenous musicians and about life in the Australian outback.

Duration: 1:00:01 | Date: 2 July, 2022

Charlotte Giblin

This week Mikaela interviews Charlotte Giblin, artist and art teacher, who has just returned from exhibiting in Nelson and Hamilton. We talk about where Charlotte Giblin finds inspiration for her ever-evolving arts practice, about the importance of inviting and receiving feedback (positive and negative), and about her forthcoming book that draws on her own inspirational journey from fear to trust.

Duration: 1:00:01 | Date: 25 June, 2022

Amir Foladi

Mikaela Nyman in conversation with Amir Foladi about the importance of culture, art and peace for a community affected by generations of persecution and war. Amir Foladi belongs to Afghanistan’s Hazara minority and recently came to Aotearoa as a refugee. In the past, he worked for the Aga Khan Foundation with professional development for NGOs, culture, heritage and eco-tourism in Bamyan province, supported by New Zealand.

Duration: 00:57:08 | Date: 18 June, 2022

Helen Mays

This week Mikaela interviews Helen Mays, whose exhibition “A play on words, words at play” is showing in our ART space throughout the month of June. We talk about Helen’s exploration of her thoughts and the world around her through collage and words, found materials, landscape and colour.

Duration: 00:54:43 | Date: 11 June, 2022

Shelly Frank

Alice interviews Taranaki Artist, Shelly Frank whose painted landscapes were recently on display at the Access Radio Taranaki ARTspace.

Duration: 00:54:43 | Date: 4 June, 2022

Mary MacGregor Reid

Auckland-based artist Mary MacGregor Reid whose show celestial bodies, a multi-channel video installation opened at Contemporary Art Space recently.

Duration: 00:59:06 | Date: 14 May, 2022

Jennifer Halli

Taranaki artist Jennifer Halli has set up an art space project Might Could on Currie Street.

Duration: 00:57:26 | Date: 30 April, 2022

Suzan Kostanich

This week Alice speaks to Taranaki artist Suzan Kostanich who is pushing the boundaries with felt and paper.

Duration: 00:54:22 | Date: 16 April, 2022

Isla Fabu

This week I interview artist Isla Fabu whose exhibition Beauty and the Beast - A selection of works exploring the space beyond dualistic perceptions - is on show at From out of the blue studio gallery, Opunake.

Duration: 00:59:13 | Date: 26 March, 2022

Laura Campbell

This week I speak to new Percy Thomson Gallery Director Laura Campbell who took over the reins from Rhonda Bunyan earlier in the year.

Duration: 00:54:46 | Date: 19 March, 2022

Joni Murphy

Professional Taranaki Artist Joni Murphy talks about her passion for painting and recent changes within her practice.

Duration: 00:54:46 | Date: 12 March, 2022

Jodi Naik

This week's interview is with Taranaki-based artist Jodi Naik who explores her connection to the depth and beauty of the natural world.

Duration: 00:46:17 | Date: 26 February, 2022

Fern Petrie

Fern speaks about her career as an artist in Australia and New Zealand and her drive to express and preserve the fragility of memory and time. Fern's intricate and symbolic paintings are a personal reinterpretation of Victorian cabinet cards and are a response to her deep fascination and connection to that period of history.

Duration: 00:59:52 | Date: 19 February, 2022

Geoffrey Young

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

Duration: 00:57:01 | Date: 12 February, 2022

John Hodgson

This weeks interview is with Taranaki based artist John Hodgson whose work is on display at Access Radio's exhibition space during February. John speaks about his time at art school as an older student as well as themes explored in his paintings.

Duration: 00:57:25 | Date: 5 February, 2022

Leben Young

Leben's show All That I Can Carry, opens tomorrow night at Contemporary Art Space, 74 Powderham Street at 5.30pm, all welcome.

Duration: 00:51:35 | Date: 29 January, 2022