ArtsMad 20 August 2019 – Speakers

ArtsMad 20 August 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 20 August 2019

5.30pm for 6pm start

Finishes 7.30pm

Confirmed speakers for the next event are:

Mark-Noble-300x225 ArtsMad 20 August 2019 – SpeakersMark Noble

Mark’s interest in art began during his adolescents while he was immersed in skateboarding. Skateboarding culture paralleled itself to the graffiti and street art scene, and ten or so years later Mark began to put pen to paper, or more so, spray paint to stencils. After shaking and spraying many cans, Mark’s heart was sad, and he knew he wouldn’t make captain planets team. So he is now attempting to produce eco-friendly art by considering the products he uses to create his visual imagery. His visual imagery currently focuses on human emotion and experiences, and seeks to achieve a positive psychological experience for the viewer.



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Khushi Usmani

Khushi grew up in London. Worked as a psychologist in different parts of England and then moved to Scotland, living in Glasgow for 11 years. Here she learnt more about creative writing and script writing (cos she just loved films). She moved to New Zealand in 2006 and is a member of writers groups and Mad Poets. She loves the arts, especially dance. And will recite a poem, given half a chance.






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Warren Houston

Warren Houston is a Rotorua retired (in fact very tired) airbrush artist, custom painter, muralist, musician and so on ….No wonder he’s tired !!
He last spoke at Artsmad around four or five years ago .. and will talk tonight about what he’s been up to since !! You may be quite surprised!




Hiroe Katagiri Howell

Hiroe-Katagiri-Howell-300x250 ArtsMad 20 August 2019 – Speakers“KIWI-RACCO B&B” owner (with Paul Howell, husband), “Rotorua RACCO” Taiko Japanese drumming team leader, “African Drumming Rotorua” group main organiser, “Tanabata” Japanese Star Celebration event organiser and “Love & Peace” Charity Concert 2019 in Rotorua main organiser.

I was born in Nagasaki, Japan in 1957. Since childhood I had many complicated issues of own family, school life, myself, etc. I didn’t go to school most days of my junior & high school ages (12~17 years old), but even these days I was joining drums part of brass band club and art club and editing school class annual magazine. I graduated Hiroshima University (Japanese language, modern & classic literature) in 1979.

Nagasaki prefecture public high school teacher 1979~2005 (26 years). Paul & I met in Nagasaki in 1989, and married in 1990. We moved to NZ in 2005 and set up “KIKI-RACCO” as B&B, guided tours, cultural experience services.

“Rotorua RACCO” taiko team started in 2006, the team has weekly lessons, many performances for local event, concerts (including 4 times charity concerts). I learned Taiko drumming from a Japanese professional group “Dengaku-za” for 20 years. Last year (2018) “African Drumming Rotorua” group started with RECT funding support. I’m organizing the group lessons and activities. Now African drumming group has projects about kids workshops and mental health rhythm sessions for locals. All these works and activities, event organising are supported by my husband Paul.

Natascha Hartzuiker

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Multimedia artist. Rotorua Museum collections team member looking after fine arts and photography. Photography is my main passion but I am an active relaxer and always have a creative project or ten on the go.







Piripi Curtis (Te Arawa, Ngati Rongomai, Ngati Pikiao)

Piripi-Curtis ArtsMad 20 August 2019 – SpeakersA school teacher for 23 years, Piripi shifted into the television industry as a producer 15 years ago and in then into film in the last six years. As a member of the Steambox Films Collective based in Rotorua, Piripi has been a part of numerous short films with credits in just about every facet of production. His television credits are primarily as Producer of a number of reality tv shows as well as the tele-feature The Umbrella Man. Piripi has written his first short film which he will direct in 2020.





Maraea-Timutimu-219x300 ArtsMad 20 August 2019 – SpeakersMaraea Timutimu

Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro, nōna te ngāhere.
Ko te manu e kai ana i te matauranga nōna te ao

The one who partakes of flora and fauna, that will be their domain
The one who engages in education, opportunities are boundless

Whakapapa (genealogy), matauranga (education) and toi (art) are my world.
They sustain me a-wairua, a-tinana and a-hinengaro.




Lori-Herder-225x300 ArtsMad 20 August 2019 – SpeakersLori Herder

I am Lori a born artist and maker from Canada who has been living in New Zealand with my partner Marc for four years. In between working as a part time beekeepers assistant, I’ve been fast track learning how to perfect my own felt craft using natural wool fibre. Through this venture I’ve begun teaching others in the community how to make their own felted slippers to keep and take home. The joy this experience brings to others inspires me to continue sharing my skill and knowledge, sending authentic creative energy throughout the community.