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Sugar Loafing Arts Cast

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

Airing time: Saturdays, 11am

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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Pasha Clothier

Pasha Clothier presents an interconnected world view, typical of Polynesia, in her art and writing. Pasha traces her whakapapa to the tiny island of Hitiaurevareva (the Tahitian traditional name), colonised as Pitcairn Island. We talk about plants, connections across time and space, the value of indigenous knowledge, whales, cosmos, and listen to some intriguing sounds.

Duration: 01:00:02 | Date: 17 September, 2022

Margret Hands

Margaret Hands is our ART space artist for September and works in soft pastels (chalk pastel). Her art practice keeps her in a peaceful and playful space, while Taranaki beaches and bush offers a springboard for her imagination, sometimes resulting in fantastical creatures. She’s working towards self-publishing her pictorial art journey. Check out her work until end of September.

Duration: 00:49:28 | Date: 10 September, 2022

Tabatha Forbes

“Gardeners are the ultimate artists,” says artist Tabatha Forbes when Mikaela visits Forbes & Flay studio gallery in Ōpunake. We talk about sound art, Elam, botanical art and the workshop in botanical drawing Tabatha will hold at Puketarata in Hāwera during the Taranaki Garden Festival.

Duration: 00:53:20 | Date: 3 September, 2022

Francis Salole

Paekākāriki artist Francis Salole has many creative strings on his bow. Mikaela caught up with Francis at From out of the blue studio gallery in Ōpunake. His exhibition “Blindspot” is a re-imagining and reassembling of his own work in cut-up and woven form. We talk about his 3 years in the company of dinosaurs, doing stop-motion clay animation for the award-winning Kiri and Lou TV-series, and why he took a break from art to train and work as a psychiatric nurse.

Duration: 00:56:58 | Date: 27 August, 2022

Alegria Latin Dance

It’s long been a dream of 2 working mums, both dancers, to start New Plymouth’s first dance school dedicated solely to teaching popular Latino styles. Jodie Leach and Yanita Hall, co-founders of Alegria Latin Dance, talk about their passion and why dance and the power of dance to foster physical and mental well-being and social connections

Duration: 00:52:45 | Date: 20 August, 2022

Pip White

This week Mikaela talks to Pip White, a keen photographer and the ART Space artist for August, and to Elaine Rollins from Govett Brewster Art Gallery about what contemporary art is, and how the community can engage and take part in this ongoing conversation.

Duration: 00:51:02 | Date: 13 August, 2022

Kim Seng - Dark Days Tattoo

Talented tattoo artist Kim Seng of Dark Days Tattoo talks to Mikaela about his art and passion on the Sugar Loafing Arts Cast, and all the care and thought that goes into his designs that draw inspiration from Japanese motifs. Check out his work on and on Facebook and Instagram @darkdaystattoo.

Duration: 00:46:49 | Date: 6 August, 2022

Fibre Ed 2022

Beth Pottinger-Hockings from Taranaki Creative Fibre talks about FibreEd 2022 that showcased knitting, felting, crocheting, weaving and spinning alongside work celebrating harakeke (flax). Some of the artefacts we discuss include the wall hangings ‘Basket of Skills’ by New Plymouth Creative Fibre and ‘Taranaki Coast’ by Waitara Fibre Fanatics, a harakeke cloak, some beautiful felted coats, and Beth’s felted purse.

Duration: 00:42:58 | Date: 30 July, 2022

Mokau Bone Carving

Mikaela talks to inspirational bone carvers Mike Brown and Riki Osborne from Mokau Bone Carving about their passion for genuine, handcrafted New Zealand art. We discuss the thinking that goes into designs, and how to source and carve bone in culturally respectable ways.

Duration: 00:49:14 | Date: 23 July, 2022

Amy Houston

Mikaela talks to Amy Houston, whose exhibition ‘Shallow Roots’ is showing in our ART Space throughout the month of July. We discuss the practicalities of being a travelling artist and Amy’s shift away from large oil pastels to a digital canvas.

Duration: 00:58:13 | Date: 16 July, 2022

Meet the Host

Michelle Bent talks to author and host of SugarLoafing, Mikaela Nyman about her ongoing collaboration with women writers in Vanuatu, her 2020 novel Sado set after the 2015 Tropical cyclone Pam, and the first ever Vanuatu Women’s Anthology, Sista Stanap Strong! that Mikaela co-edited with Rebecca Tobo Olul-Hossen to commemorate Vanuatu’s 40th anniversary of independence. Singer-songwriter Joan Niras from Tanna features

Duration: 00:58:12 | Date: 9 July, 2022

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 ATY Space.

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