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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.
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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Vicarious Art Musings

In today's episode of Sugar Loafing Arts Cast, we vicariously muse on a range of artists, including
- London based duo, Miss Bugs
- Miroslaw Balka from Poland
- New York performance artist Claire Zakiewicz

Duration: 00:58:00 | Date: 18 May, 2019

Whare Kahurangi Pukeariki

Puke Ariki curator Chanelle Carrick takes us on a tour of the Whare Kahurangi exhibition, marking 100 years since the museum opened.
It looks at some of the big questions museums face. What should they collect? What shouldn't they? Should conservators open a sealed collection of papers marked 'private'? Should taonga Māori (Māori art and valued objects) be returned to iwi? Do the people of Taranaki really need a stuffed Canadian badger?

Duration: 00:57:37 | Date: 4 May, 2019

Nicolás Paris

"In Nicolás Paris’s exhibition What connects us at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth, sudden gardens appear beneath floorboards and take the place of stairs. Huge logs of driftwood charge through the air as if carried by unseen water..."

In this episode we interview Colombian artist and artist in residence at the Govett Brewster Art Gallery and Len Lye Centre, Nicolás Paris. We discuss his public programme here in Taranaki, working with schools, teachers and his philosophical investigations into the learning process, nature, art and contemporary life.

Duration: 01:00:02 | Date: 27 April, 2019

Paul X Walsh on Street Art

The Sugar Loafers talk with stand-out street artist Paul X Walsh about the process of creating those large-scale paintings, Paul's journey into the art form and what you need to give it a go.

Duration: 00:59:15 | Date: 20 April, 2019

What Is Your Go To Art

Dave asks strangers on #NewPlymouth's #CoastalWalkway about their recent art experiences. Really interesting answers!

Duration: 01:00:11 | Date: 13 April, 2019

Who Was Joyce Young?

Joyce was a Taranaki ceramic, paint and pastel artist who tirelessly taught, supported and promoted other artists -- a linchpin of the arts community.
We interview Joyce's son Ralph, daughter-in-law Sue and grandson Geoffrey on her life, creative processes and inspirations.

Duration: 01:00:00 | Date: 30 March, 2019


The Sugar Loafers (Dave and Suraya) reflect on Womad 2019. They describe the whole thing for folks who've never been, share music from the artists they especially enjoyed and give you their Top 10 Tips for an awesome Womad.

Duration: 00:57:35 | Date: 23 March, 2019

The Creative Process

Duration: 01:00:05 | Date: 16 March, 2019


In today's show we're excited to showcase local Taranaki tech wizards 'Playcycle', Che Rogers and Peter Heard. We visit their studio in New Plymouth and get an in-depth tour of their rigs and musical dynamics. We talk about their experiences within the New Zealand festival scene and their #experimentalvideo work and collaborations with #videoartists such as Dwayne Duthie.

Duration: 00:59:35 | Date: 9 March, 2019

Why Watercolour? with Joni Murphy

A chat with watercolour artist and teacher Joni Murphy about why watercolours are an amazing medium, and how you can get started.

Duration: 00:59:29 | Date: 2 March, 2019

Paul Hutchinson Volker Hawighorst

A walk around Paul Hutchinson's exhibition "Back up" Koru on Devon.
Volker Hawighorst's Best Before exhibition, also at Koru on Devon. Hear how Volker got hold of thousands of tags, and how he's been inspired by John Coltrane, prime numbers and more.

Duration: 00:59:29 | Date: 23 February, 2019