ArtsMad Tuesday 11 February 2020

ArtsMad Tuesday 11 February 2020

Quick-fire talks from the arts community

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.

Tuesday 11 February 2020, 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Monarch Room, Prince’s Gate Hotel, Rotorua


Peri-Grant-300x295 ArtsMad Tuesday 11 February 2020Peri Grant

Local born Ngati Pikiao musician  started music late in life after near death accident. With copious amounts  of boredom while in hospital he picked up a harmonica and focused on learning it. He had always loved the sound of the harmonica and the blues, and this was the opportunity to new beginnings.

His musical journey has included 2 years of music studies  at Toi Ohomai. Peri loves performing working mainly as Hammer On a duo with Jimmy Murray  playing locally in restaurants, bar, private functions, festivals in the Bay of Plenty and further afield  this  performance work has included some international appearances. 

Walking down Pukuatua Street  you may come to a standstill, on ocassion, mesmerised with live music wafting out of Be Rude Not Too Cafe – it will be  Peri Grant  doing a tune or four.


Karen-Hansen-300x300 ArtsMad Tuesday 11 February 2020Karen Hansen

Karen Hansen is a Mixed Media Artist with over 15 years of industry experience and a Bachelor of Creative Technologies.

“My favourite subjects to explore within my practice are Healing, Contemporary understandings of Enlightenment, The Natural World, Trauma and Vulnerability, Self Love,  Ancestral Wisdom, Personal and Collective Empowerment applied with relevance today.”

Karen is currently studying Post Graduate Mentoring and Professional Leadership, as she builds a unique empowerment centered creative practice; teaching\leading workshops and events, exhibiting fine art and working therapeutically with individuals.

Karen will be speaking about her inspirational process, sharing her vision for the future, and why every single person working toward growth and transformation is the way to change the world.

Website: www.karenhansenart.com   Facebook: www.facebook.com/karenhansenart   Instagram: www.instagram.com/karenhansenart 


Israel-Randell-200x300 ArtsMad Tuesday 11 February 2020Israel Randell

Israel Randell is a contemporary artist whose practice experiments with moving image, performance and spatial installations. These works explore metaphorical and physical spatial investigation informed by cosmological theories of space and time.

Instagram: @israelrandell

Spotify: Making Waves Podcast https://open.spotify.com/show/7qwONBMoO40oGGUKtdwNGe

Youtube: www.youtube.com/channel/UC7ir_ztyoSkiHglM7Mhl_xQ 



Lewis Walker

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Lewis Walker is an artist, filmmaker, animator, and reasonably normal human being. Instead of contributing to society, Lewis chooses to spend his time creating characters and stories in the hope of making people like him. He currently lives in Rotorua, but will soon be moving to Wellington due to his love of big buildings and miserable weather (his university is down there too – which helps things).

One day, Lewis hopes to direct a film or run a television show, where he can create whatever crazy things his heart desires. 





Allan  Williams 

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Sculptor, painter, drummer, Ducati and car racer. Organic grower, movie set builder and grandad, Allan will attempt to tell the tale of when he was asked to help finish a large sculpture in France to commemorate the french resistance (some may remember (or partied at) his “Artist Alley” and/or “Rockstars Sculpture Park”in Koutu corner).






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Chris Wilson

A polymath agit-prop collaborator: these words bear no relation to Chris Wilson, who is actually a furniture maker and visual artist from Wairoa.

Chris rescued the work of his friend Jim Dornan after he died in 1982. Dornan is now regarded as a significant Outsider artist.

 Links to Jim Dornan: Photos of his work can be found at Flickr, the Art of Jim Dornan.

 Chris Wilson’s own work can be seen at www.facebook.com/chriswilsoncreative



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Rakeiuekaha Kingi

Age; 41,  2001 heralded the commencement of my carving career as a student at The New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute.

 After departing from the institute in 2004 I established a private company specialising in traditional tribal styles of Maori wood carving and painting. Since then I have been working full time as a local, national and international artist and have recently added stone carving to my skill set.

https://www.facebook.com/Toi.Iwi (personal page)

https://www.facebook.com/rakeikingi/  or “Maori Carving Art by Rakei Kingi” (business page)


Maria-Hermans-298x300 ArtsMad Tuesday 11 February 2020Maria Hermans

Maria Hermans loves creativity, she has since she was a wee tot, always making, painting, getting into mum’s make up, dressing up and playing fantasy. This journey has continued on through her high school years decorating her class mates school work with doodles, or her own maths book with pages and pages of horses.

Eventually she began to put this ability to real use, and could be found producing nudes for some art appreciators in her 7th form class.

While studying Advanced diploma in art and design Waiariki Institute of Technology the concept for her graduate exhibition was focussed  on re-engaging with  childhood imagination. Elements of exploration, playfulness, working from the subconscious, spontaneity  curiosity  remains pivotal to her creative journey today.

Her  Peggy Wet Beard a rogue fish breaking all the rules, that she dressed for the  2018/2019 fish out of water art trail was a great example of this. More recently, in late 2019, she began a new adventure into the world of stage set design, creating the set for  the musical theatre performance of Grease.

 And as she said, everything I do even in terms of how things are placed in my home, is  an opportunity for creative expression. 

Instagram @toodamnlippy.

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/toodamnlippycreative