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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 painter David Le Fleming and writer Suraya Sidhu Singh, approach the arts in relatable ways.
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Stratford's Best Kept Secret

"For peace of mind I think it's really, really important for people to find something (creative) to do, and to give themselves permission to do it."
Sue Hogan found making crafts lifted her spirits when job-hunting left her feeling frustrated and depressed. She started Verdigris Creative Studio as a gallery and workshop space in Whakaahurangi / Stratford to share her skills, and help others make time for themselves.

Duration: 00:59:32 | Date: 7 September, 2019

National Poetry Day And The Pole Of Consent

On National Poetry Day, 23 August, a great crowd gathered at Koru on Devon gallery in Ngāmotu / New Plymouth for the first -- but not the last! -- 'Logo Malarchy' open mic poetry night.
Poets from around the province and the country spoke of road trips, wet cats, saying no, love, death, race, homelessness, online dating and more.

Duration: 00:59:55 | Date: 31 August, 2019

Ans Westra And Adrienne Jansen On Documenting Muslim New Zealanders

Ans Westra in conversation with writer Adrienne Jansen, and Maya Al-Fayyad -- representing the Taranaki Muslim community. They talk about the people in the photographs, how 15 March has changed New Zealand, and how Islamophobia spreads.
Ans Westra grew up in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands. It was against this backdrop of forced monoculturalism she began to yearn to know more about other cultures. Ultimately, she would come to New Zealand and take world-famous photographs in Māori communities, and those that form the exhibition now on at Percy Thomson Gallery in Whakaahurangi (Stratford) - The Crescent Moon: The Asian Face of Islam in New Zealand.

Duration: 00:57:10 | Date: 24 August, 2019

Body Builders And Highland Dancers With Fiona Clark

Fiona Clark never throws anything away.
Cuttings, certificates, snapshots and even shoes come together to make Raw Materials -- Clark's exhibition just opened at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre - a veritable treasure trove archive of photography, film, dance, body building and history.

Duration: 00:59:34 | Date: 17 August, 2019

Sugar Loafing on Art Theft

There’s more than one way to steal art.
We look at everything from elaborate art heists like the 1990 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum robbery, to forgery, Nazi plunder, misappropriation of cultural artefacts by museums and galleries who sell, but don’t pay up.
You may be surprised to learn how much art crime happens in New Zealand. We delve into some of cases featured in Penelope Jackson’s book, Art thieves, fakers & fraudsters: the New Zealand story.

Duration: 01:00:09 | Date: 3 August, 2019

Koru On Devon With Fay Looney And Linda McFetridge

Fay Looney popped in to Brownson's Jewellers one day to get a string of pearls fixed. A conversation happened and soon, Koru on Devon gallery was moving into that amazing space, just opposite Peggy Gordons. A massive effort involved dozens of local artists lifting, hammering, painting and plastering, but Fay and Linda McFetridge say it's just the beginning of their vision to build the Taranaki arts scene.

We also hear about Fay's journey to her celebrated photography career, Fay and Linda's tips on artists to watch, and hear awesome new music from Ché Rogers.

Duration: 01:00:22 | Date: 20 July, 2019

Kayla Upton Bronze Sculptor

Explore bronze casting, occultism, tarot and the Judaic Kaballah Tree of Life as we interview New Plymouth-based artist and polymath Kayla Upton. Not to be missed.

Duration: 00:59:02 | Date: 13 July, 2019

Redecorating Taranaki

Medals, trophies, merits, stars and bars... there's lots of 'decorations' (awards), but is there one for the person, and the mahi, you value most?

The Redecorating Taranaki project asks about the people and the acts of love, kindness, humility, humour, empathy -- anything! -- you think deserve to be recognised. Ideas will inspire 10 new pieces of contemporary memorability to be part of Puke Ariki's collection.

Sam and Jen, of The Jewel and the Jeweller, talk more about the project in our latest episode.

Duration: 00:58:13 | Date: 29 June, 2019

Ronald Hugh Morrieson Awards 2019

Writers and poets, listen in for tips from the judges of this year's Ronald Hugh Morrieson awards, passed on by organiser Pam Jones of #SouthTaranaki Libraries. We also read a beautiful, sad story from one of last year's winners that you'll really want to hear.

Duration: 00:58:53 | Date: 22 June, 2019

Having Your Own Open Studio

Artists who had an open studio as part of the Taranaki Arts Trail this weekend just been, have shared their tips or thoughts, e.g. what they learned, how they prepared

Duration: 01:00:11 | Date: 15 June, 2019