ArtsMad Tuesday 16 June 2020

ArtsMad Tuesday 16 June 2020

ArtsMAD goes LIVE

Quick-fire virtual talks from the arts community

Join us for our very first virtual ArtsMAD goes LIVE on Tuesday 16 June 2020 from the comfort of your own home! Live music by Glenys Courtney-Strachan will start at 5.45pm, followed by inspiring kōrero from engaging local speakers.

This virtual event explores all areas of the arts… and more. You will hear passionate and inspirational talks from members of our community on a variety of topics. Check out the online Facebook event on Creative Rotorua or Rotorua Arts Village and make sure you click “Going” or “Interested” to be notified when the event starts.

The ArtsMAD LIVE team wish to acknowledge the mahi of those helping to make this event happen so that we are able to inspire and connect while keeping our community safe. This special event is brought together by Rotorua Lakes Council and Jill Walker from the Travelling Tuatara with assistance from The Arts Village, Sophie Perry, and The Prince’s Gate Hotel.

We hope to bring this event back to an in-person event in the near future and thank you for your support of the arts in Rotorua.

We are pleased to welcome the following speakers for ArtMad goes LIVE on 16 June. 

MartynEvans-195x300 ArtsMad Tuesday 16 June 2020Martyn Evans 

Martyn ydyw fi, o Aberdar, Morgannwg, Cymru, Wales. Arrived Gisborne 1976, moved to Rotorua 1988, back to Wales 1999, returned 2006. I got serious about creating pictures while in Wales and haven’t stopped since. In 2007 started an art group with Te Whare Hauora O Ngongotaha with Rob Beckett. Took my art programme to Whare Whakaue around 2010.

Nowadays, I am involved with StepAhead Art Therapy Group with current exhibition at Third Place Cafe.  As MartynEvans Art, Tiana Hodge and myself have just started an art class at Whare Whakaue. We run a Rotorua Night Market Colouring Corner (except during the cold months) and we are both in the Lake Road Tavern Sports Bar ‘8 ball’ team. I also drum with the African drumming group, Sunset Primary kapa haka, Maori Party kapa haka, and Te Kuirau Marae kapa haka, and sing Waiata at Te Kuirau marae.



Doodle Bug Art Time – Nicola Bennett & Lani Eyles 

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Lani and I are local working artists. We have also both taught art to children for over 10 years. As young children, we both had similar experiences, we struggled, and  felt misunderstood. Creative intelligence wasn’t valued then, and questionable whether it even is now. This inspired us to teach children to value their creative superpowers. To nurture and cultivate their creativity so they are the thinkers of tomorrow. We have recently created Doodlebug Art Time with the  aim – to reach more children than we can teach on a one to one basis.

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We want children all over the globe through their Doodlebug Art Time experience, and their ideas, to blossom and their creative confidence to soar.






Trojan John

Trojan-John-300x200 ArtsMad Tuesday 16 June 2020Loop Artist, Musician, Songwriter And Guitar Tutor

I am born and raised in Rotorua. As a songwriter and musician I cut my chops in the music scene of Perth, Western Australia for 10 years. 3EP’s and numerous single releases under my belt plus over a decade worth of musical performance/writing experience. Currently I teach guitar at Rotorua Music  School while also performing original work.




Tara Prieto 

Tara-Prieto-300x200 ArtsMad Tuesday 16 June 2020Part time human, full time disaster. Filipino Millennial Migrant in Aotearoa. In the journey of discovering her artistic identity. Calls herself FriedRat when doing art. 




Dr Margriet Theron

Margriet-Theron-264x300 ArtsMad Tuesday 16 June 2020Dr Margriet Theron has lived in Rotorua since 1978 and has been involved in the governance of five schools, Chamber of Commerce, Social Services Council, Rotary Club of Rotorua, Speech NZ and Geyser Community Foundation. After a career in forestry education and science policy, she now devotes most of her time to the successful settlement of migrants in Rotorua as the President of the Rotorua Multicultural Council.






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Nigel Ward

Kia ora, I’m Nige and I make cartoons.

I work with a pencil and black marker, then digitise my drawings and bring them to life in the computer. I trained at Auckland’s Animation College in 1995, and after years of studios and freelancing, went back to start teaching there in 2012. In 2015, they sent me to Rotorua to establish their first satellite campus, which I ran on Eruera Street for 3 years. I fell for this town, and now spend my time here animating Māori language cartoon shows for kids.



Andrew Warner 

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A slice of life as a Photojournalist.

Andrew Warner is an award winning Photojournaist who is proudly born and bred in Rotorua. He has exhibited work both locally and Nationally over the past twenty years. In his Artsmad talk he will show some of his favourite recent images of the people and places that inspire him.



Cian Elyse White 

Cian Elyse White is a wahine Māori artist who has had an extensive career in professional theatre, TV and film as an actress. In 2017, Cian wrote her first short film Daddy’s Girl (Kōtiro) which received the Fresh 30K grant in 2018. The Te Reo Māori short follows 35 year old Te Puhi as she struggles to accept the loss of the love of her life to 

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Alzeihmers, her Pāpā. 

The film won a best first time director award in the Los Angeles independent shorts competition in November of 2019, and the film is currently in the running for a series of festivals, spanning over the 2020/2021 season.

Cian has a burning desire to tell stories that uplift the Māori voice and celebrate Ngai Māori on a global scale. She seeks to tell stories that empower her people, particularly young women like herself who seek inspiration and ‘heroines’ along their life journey.