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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.


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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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Tom Sainsbury

Mikaela caught up with actor, comedian and film-maker Tom Sainsbury at WOMAD. Tom’s darkly comic plays have been staged in New Zealand, Australia, UK, USA, France and Greece. We talk about his funny social media videos, the Goodbye Pork Pie remake, and whether he feels the pressure to always be funny.

Duration: 0:39:15 | Date: 15 June, 2024

Norine Ford-Dixon

Norine Ford-Dixon is the ARTSpace artist in June and shares her love for wallpaper and collage in this episode. Check out her collages and the suitcase that was part of the ‘Abroad’ exhibition at Percy Thomson Gallery last year.

Duration: 00:55:08 | Date: 8 June, 2024

Taranaki Zinefest

22 June is Taranaki Zinefest Day!

Duration: 00:51:42 | Date: 1 June, 2024

Caroline Barron

Mikaela caught up with author Caroline Barron at WOMAD. Find out what prompted Caroline to write her memoir Ripiro Beach and her novel The Golden Days. Lots of useful writing tips on offer too!

Duration: 00:43:59 | Date: 25 May, 2024

Kura Forrester

Actor, comedian and writer Kura Forrester (Ngāti Porou) won the Billy T Award in 2019 for best-emerging comedian with her show ‘Kura Woulda Shoulda’ and became the first Māori woman to do so. Mikaela caught up with Kura at WOMAD this year.

Duration: 00:39:49 | Date: 18 May, 2024

Heidi Griffin

Heidi Griffin is the owner and manager of the popular Gover St Gallery in New Plymouth - a true community space for Taranaki’s creatives. This year she intends to nurture her own artistic skills too.

Duration: 0:53:47 | Date: 11 May, 2024

Airana Ngarewa - Launch of NZSA Māori Branch

Mikaela talks to Taranaki writer Airana Ngarewa about his best-selling novel The Bonetree and the launch of a Māori branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors this weekend, with more to come!

Duration: 00:53:52 | Date: 4 May, 2024

Rowena Komene

Diagnosed with a rare kidney condition 11 years ago, Taranaki artist Rowena Komene has overcome the odds and now has a future to plan for. One that includes visual arts.

Duration: 00:50:50 | Date: 27 April, 2024

Tio Vanuatu

Tio Bang Massing from Vanuatu delighted crowds at WOMAD this year. Mikaela talked to Tio about his poetic folk music and his home island, Ambrym.

Duration: 00:32:49 | Date: 20 April, 2024

Helen Lehndorf

Helen Lehndorf is a co-founder of the Manawatu Urban Foraging Group. Mikaela talked to Helen off the stage at WOMAD about her book A Forager’s Life which delves into the environment, food, motherhood and autism.

Duration: 00:45:26 | Date: 13 April, 2024

Korrena Kidd

Korrena Kidd’s vibrant art fills the ARTSpace in April. Listen to Korrena talk about her art and the supportive environment at ACE Adult Community Education Massey University Te Putahi a Toi in Palmerston North.

Duration: 00:51:11 | Date: 6 April, 2024

Laura Campbell & Morgan Paige Taitoko

The Emergence Art Awards for young Taranaki artists are back! Mikaela finds out all about them from Laura Campbell, Director of Percy Thomson Gallery, and the 2018 Emergence Award winner Morgan Paige Taitoko.

Duration: 00:53:06 | Date: 30 March, 2024

WOMAD Poetry Slam 2024

Taranaki poets Wilna Strydom and Helen Griffiths reveal how they prepared for the event. Poetry judge Karlo Mila tells us what moves her and reads a poem. And this year’s winner, Teirangi Klever, reveals why she chose to enter.

Duration: 00:53:14 | Date: 23 March, 2024

Rebecca Beyer - Word Festival

Rebecca Beyer is a children's librarian, printmaker and author of illustrated children’s books. She’s been busy organising Our Words - a festival of local writers and story-tellers happening in and around New Plymouth on 20-27 March.

Duration: 00:56:26 | Date: 16 March, 2024

Steampunk Taranaki

Steampunk Taranaki - The Mild Mild West has taken over the ARTSpace in March. Costumes and Tea Pot racers included! Hear Jo Fuller (Lady Watsonia Victorious! Ohms) and Lesley Butler (Lady Esmarelda Wainwright Hyphen Smythe) profess their love for steampunk.

Duration: 00:53:19 | Date: 9 March, 2024

Anna McLean

Anna McLean switched Taranaki’s art scene for a curatorial internship at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. What is it about curating that makes it an exciting career choice for creative young people?

Duration: 00:51:59 | Date: 2 March, 2024

Elizabeth Smither

Elizabeth Smither is a multi-award winning writer of poetry, fiction and non-fiction and a former New Zealand Poet Laureate. Elizabeth reads part of a new short story and a poem.

Duration: 0:48:47 | Date: 24 February, 2024

Pastel Association

The ARTspace in the Top Town Mall is hosting a group exhibition by the New Plymouth Pastel Association throughout February. Pop in to have a look!

Duration: 00:47:37 | Date: 10 February, 2024

Kris Marlianti

Manaia artist Krismarlianti Donaldson won the 2022 Taranaki National Art Awards in the painting category. Krismarlianti is also a published poet in Indonesia.

Duration: 00:55:11 | Date: 3 February, 2024

Alastair Ross - Film Festival 2024

Alastair Ross talks about this year’s film festivals at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre Cinema. Coming up on 2-6 February is the KIRIATA MĀORI film festival that was taken out by Cyclone Gabrielle last year.

Duration: 00:55:04 | Date: 27 January, 2024

Jo Stallard - Fenton St Gallery

Fenton Street Arts Collective offers great coffee, gin, whisky and gallery space for exhibiting artists. Owner Jo Stallard talks about her portrait painting and the upcoming Shakespeare events in Stratford.

Duration: 00:58:11 | Date: 20 January, 2024