31 Oct ArtsMad Tuesday 12 November 2019
Quick-fire talks from the arts community
Tuesday 12 November 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Monarch Room, Prince’s Gate Hotel
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.
“I’m not an artist… Just a fit and able servant of the Earth, here to curate the art of nature and the art of adventure for those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to appreciate it”
Ronna Grace Funtelar
Ronna Grace Funtelar is a thirty-ish storyteller, creative and poet whose unique brand of optimism stems from her natural energy and love of coffee. Since 2016, she’s been living a life beyond her comfort zone and wants to mindfully help others do the same. After discovering her love of mountains and rock climbing while living in Perú, she now aims to share what she has learned about embracing the unknown and become a life coach in the future.
I have spent my entire life working with textiles to maintain my sanity while working in the corporate environment as an accountant. Right from when I was in High School and when my parents thought I was studying for School Cert I was busy making sheepskin “gonks” to sell to fund my first sewing machine. I have always created.
Am accomplished in all aspects of textiles from weaving, sewing, knitting, spinning, felting, crochet and more.
Currently I am working with recycled textiles. For some time I have been concerned about the waste in the textile industry, the second most polluting industry worldwide and making up 5 – 10% of all landfill waste. I have been making art rugs & children’s clothing from recycled textiles that are not able to be sold at charity shops.
As time allows I am planning more experimental work, plus offering classes in making rag rugs.https://www.facebook.com/GayleHeathFibreArtist
Katie is a photographer. She began her formal training in Fine Arts & English Literature at Exeter University, followed up by several years as a Clinical Photographer with the NHS, Auckland and Counties Manukau DHB and rounded off with a Masters in Creative Writing at Auckland University…she has literally photographed every part of the human body inside and out but it is, the less tangible, human connection, intimacy and emotions that continue to fascinate and drive her work. Thankfully with three children she has ample opportunity to explore all the emotions whilst trying to reconcile the creative life with full on motherhood and run a small photography business. Recently she has been able to call herself an artist without cringing.
Transformation is a primary intent in the art and research of Dr Tāwhanga Nopera. Grounded in raranga, Tāwhanga uses his practice to explore ways that creativity can help heal our traumatised world, and he does this through performance, digital media, paint, pencil and the written word. Raranga, like other forms of weaving created throughout the planet, is a creative practice necessary for survival; without it, societies would not have been able clothe themselves, carry food, nor assemble shelters. Tāwhanga believes this remains true to today where although we may be able to access food, clothing and shelter without knowing how to weave, we’re still at a bit of a loss as how to weave our familiies and communities together. In his kōrero, Tāwhanga will discuss how his art and research is intended toward social change. Tāwhanga has whakapapa to Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Wāhiao, Tūhourangi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Rangitihi, Ngāti Whaoa, Ngāi Tawake and Ngāti Amaru.
Jan’s interest in treehouses dates back to his childhood, where he built several tree huts with his brothers in his native South Africa. Studies in architecture and engineering led to Jan establishing his own business, offering mechanical design services with a side-line in house design and construction management. Architecture was put to one side in favour of engineering when he moved to New Zealand 25 years ago, but after buying a Rotorua property with mature trees, the opportunity to design and build another treehouse was just too enticing to resist.
I grew up in Christchurch and studied Fine Arts there, before travelling and getting side-tracked by other pursuits, although I’ve always continued to draw and paint. Work as a newspaper photographer and typographer led to my studying graphic design, and I’ve worked as a designer for many years.
I arrived in Rotorua about 15 years ago, and over the past few years painting has taken over more and more of my life. I particularly enjoy the challenges of portrait painting. People and their paraphernalia often tend to find their way into my paintings, whether I want them to or not.