ArtsMad 12 February 2019 – Speakers

ArtsMad 12 February 2019 – Speakers

ArtsMad is a visual presentation evening that takes place four times a year, where people from the wider arts community talk about what they do alongside a rolling show reel of interesting images.

The evening takes place at The Monarch Room at Prince’s Gate Hotel and explores all areas of the arts… and more. You will hear passionate and inspirational talks from members of our community delivering a veritable roller-coaster rise on a variety of topics.

Featuring up to eight speakers who each have 20 images and only 6 minutes to present them. It’s guaranteed to be a fast-paced, engaging experience!

It is a great opportunity to get together with others who are passionate about a creative and vibrant Rotorua, and to connect about creative happenings in this event for all ages.

Entry is a gold coin koha. Nibbles are provided with cash bar available.

The next date for ArtsMad:

Tuesday 12 February 2019

5.30pm for 6pm start

Finishes 7.30pm

Confirmed speakers for the next event are:

Anna-Hayes-300x300 ArtsMad  12 February 2019 – SpeakersAnna Hayes

Born in Tiniroto and raised at Te Reinga which opens up into the Ruakituri Valley, New Zealand, Anna’s childhood revolved around riding horses, hunting, fishing, and loving the land. This connection to the natural world is evident in her work, which brings together elements from Aotearoa’s natural environment in a unique and evocative way.

Based in Rotorua, New Zealand for the past twenty two years, Anna draws on the knowledge and creativity inherited from her ancestors to bring weaving to life in a modern style. Her work has been featured in galleries across the country as solo exhibitions and in collaboration with other artists.





don-239x300 ArtsMad  12 February 2019 – SpeakersDon Overbeay

Don Overbeay is a night painter and scourer of the unconscious. American born and a Rotorua resident for the last decade. He is a single parent and dog owner. Don holds Bob Dylan, Philip Guston, and Haruki Murakami in high regard.



Vanessa-J-Hill-Photo-225x300 ArtsMad  12 February 2019 – SpeakersVanessa J Hill

Vanessa is an Auckland born Kiwi, who has spent most of her life in Australia residing in both Brisbane and Melbourne. She returned to New Zealand last year, and is based in Rotorua. Vanessa is a trained fashion designer, filmmaker and teacher. She has worked as a fashion designer during her younger years and as a teacher, with a focus on Art and Creativity, in the school system more recently. She is a multidisciplinary artist and teacher, who values creativity and expression above all else.

Helping people to unlock their own creativity is a passion of Vanessa’s and in order to facilitate this, she has founded the Meetup group – Unleash your Creativity – Rotorua. Vanessa’s favourite art forms are writing and photography. She is currently working on a sculptural piece for an exhibition and is developing a film scriptwriting course.

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JennyLux-169x300 ArtsMad  12 February 2019 – SpeakersJenny Lux

Jenny was raised in Rotorua, studied arts and science at university in Auckland, travelled the world, became a plant ecologist, and after becoming a mother to two wonderful boys, she has now landed on a plot of land in Ngongotaha to start an organic vegetable farm! With husband Richard Gillies they founded “Lux Organics” 2.5 years ago, Rotorua’s first certified organic market garden. While selling veges far and wide in Rotorua, they also enjoy a bit of the good (hard-working) life, growing most of their own food and eating very well. Jenny also teaches yoga in the community and is passionate about awakening an eco-consciousness in people. Jenny is pictured with a fully home compostable bag that she has championed in the fresh vege industry.




Glenn-McLeary-300x194 ArtsMad  12 February 2019 – SpeakersGlenn McLeary

A traditional and a digital graphic artist. As an artist Glenn explores large format narrative and often quirky painting. As a graphic artist he runs Redspot, a brand management business, specialising in graphic and website design and works locally, nationally and internationally. Some of the local projects include the branding for Rotorua Farmers and Night Markets, Atticus Finch and Whakarewarewa Māori Village.


shauniartsmad-207x300 ArtsMad  12 February 2019 – SpeakersShauni James

Shauni was born in England, raised in Wellington, and moved to Rotorua three years ago for her first job after attending Massey University. She was a Rotorua Daily Post reporter for a year before switching to being the Rotorua Weekender reporter. This is the role she has been in for the past two years. However, she still helps out the Rotorua Daily Post on Thursdays and Fridays. In her spare time she enjoys going to dance classes, running, writing and exploring new places in the Bay of Plenty area.




Jacqueline-Bond-285x300 ArtsMad  12 February 2019 – SpeakersJacqueline Bond

From the heart beat to myrtle rust. A story of the interesting projects I have accidentally fallen into.