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Sugar Loafing Arts Cast

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

Airing time: Saturdays, 11am

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

Sugar Loafing Arts Cast showcases the arts in Taranaki and beyond. Host Suraya Sidhu SIngh interviews artists, makers and curators, and delves into arts ideas and mediums, such as decolonisation in New Zealand art, a guide to European early music and getting started in watercolours. 

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Your host Suraya Siddhu Singh


Sugar Loafing Arts Cast is supported and sponsored by:GBAG LenLye v2.
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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: 00:46:24 | 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

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