03 Aug ArtsMad Tuesday 10 August 2021
ArtsMadQuick-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 10 August 2021, 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Monarch Room, Prince’s Gate Hotel, Rotorua
I’m currently the Director of The Arts Village, but soon will be finishing up my role here to pursue new career opportunities down in Ōtautahi. It is going to be a big change for me but I am so excited about the future.
Outside of my day job I am also an artist and arts-enthusiast. I work in all mediums although mostly watercolour and gouache lately and my arts practice is predominantly small illustrative works featuring botanical elements and wildlife.
In 2020 I started work on “Flower Fables”; a series of ‘botanical uterus’ works which consider the varied experiences of the many amazing, powerful humans who struggle with issues related to their fertility, endometriosis, or polycystic ovaries.
Aronui Festival – Kenny Williams
Kenny Williams (Te Arawa, Ngāti Porou) is a freelance brand strategist and marketer with over 10 years of experience developing creative campaigns in advertising, media, and tech.
Kenny returned to Aotearoa after living in New York City, helping New Zealand exporters tell their story and grow their business. Right now, he is Marketing and Communications Lead for ARONUI Indigenous Arts Festival in Rotorua, happening Sept 9-19. He is also Greenstone TV’s marketing lead for their productions VEGAS and My Life Is Murder starring Lucy Lawless, starting Aug 9 on TVNZ 1.
Katrina is of Scottish, English, Nepalese, Fijian Indian, Ngāti Pāoa and Ōtepoti/Dunedin descent. She has been working in professional theatre nationally and internationally for over three decades. She has held many roles including technician, lighting and sound designer, production manager, playwright’s agent, director, dramaturg and producer for companies such as Bats, Taki Rua, Silo, Playmarket, Mangere Arts Centre and Snuff Puppets and has toured work to many festivals around the world including in Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, German, Peru, Brazil and Denmark. Katrina is delighted to be the new Programme Delivery Manager for the Sir Howard Morrison Arts Centre, particularly to encourage rangatahi into the Arts, and looks forward to seeing you at the theatre.
I’m lucky I’ve always known what I wanted to do. At 14 years old it started for me and I’ve been designing and making precious things everyday since then. My Jewellery business is a vehicle to that end, allowing me to express my love of beauty and craft, with the skills I’ve been given and evolved over the last 35 years.
Born in England but having spent most of my life in New Zealand, I got into kitset model making at the age of about eight while spending a few weeks in hospital, and into designing and making my own at the age of about eleven.
The next decade saw me improving technique but my present model making period really took off about 20 years ago when I was asked to make dinosaurs for Auckland Museum. I don’t know if you would call my models ‘artistic’ – there is too much emphasis on absolute accuracy – they are more 3D illustrations
Jackie Evans is a poet, writer and anthologist, who has found poetry, especially humorous verse, to be a healing influence in in her life. She has used poetry in her teaching career. She is a member of the Rotorua Mad Poets Society, and has edited or co-edited ten of it’s many anthologies of verse. She has published two of her own anthologies of poetry, as well as three biographies of local poets, including the late poet Eru Potaka Dewes.
Intrepid Book Travelling Society – Rafa Moreira & Finley English
Hi! My name is Finley English and this year I attend Western Heights High School as a year 9 student. I am really enjoying school, and I also partake in competitive swimming at a national age group level. Last year following lockdown, I designed and ran the Read for a Feed program, working alongside McLeods Booksellers in Rotorua to feed the hungry families of whom were struggling due to Covid-19 job loss. Together, we raised $200 to put towards the Salvation army’s food bank budget, where I now volunteer for an hour every week on a Wednesday. At the moment, I am helping Mcleods by reviewing some books in order to get a younger reader’s perspective on the story, and emerge as the student ambassador for their Intrepid Book Travelling Society project.
My whakapapa is across the ocean, but my whānau is in Aotearoa. I am a NZ soul born in Brazil and it took 3 decades to arrive here. I am in charge of the business, marketing & public relations at McLeods Booksellers, Chairperson of a new charitable trust aimed at raising literacy in the younger generation – In Books We Trust and CEO at Be Essential Oils. I have worked with owls, rescued sea turtles, captured alligators, fought forest fires, had a hand in managing parks in the Amazon jungle as well as multimillion dollar companies as a bank manager throughout my life.
Kiri Kora refers to herself as “a guy that likes drawing”, though that barely scratches the surface. A digital artist that lives in parts of the internet most of us are unaware of; from Instagram to Patreon and beyond, creating fan art, animated avatars and Fursonas! Kiri turns her cartoon artwork into stickers, key rings and magnets to sell at conventions such as Armageddon and Chromacon A trained cartoon animator, Kiri often enters the 48 Hour FIlmmaking Competition and has worked in Māori language television production.