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. You will hear passionate stories from every day people about what drives them. These inspiring talks break down barriers and share an intriguing view of the arts.

Normally the evening features up to eight speakers who have exactly 20 seconds per image and only 20 images per speaker. There’s no time for you to get bored!

It is a wonderful opportunity to connect with people and make new friends in this event for all ages. Entry is a gold coin donation with wine and juice available at reasonable prices.

The next date for ArtsMad:

Tuesday 14 August 2018

5.30pm for 6pm start, to 7.30pm

Confirmed speakers for the next event are:

hollie-300x200 ArtsMadHollie Beaumont
HollieBeau Yoga

Hollie guides people towards subtle sensory experiences through the art of attention and the luminous practice of Yoga. It’s the thing that makes her heart sing.




Kalena Egan
Putiputi Recycled

Kalena-300x300 ArtsMadKia Ora, My name is Kalena Egan, a stay at home Mum of 2 beautiful children and the small business owner of Putiputi Recycled based in Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.Putiputi Recycled derives from my passion for nature and floristry. I began floristry when I was living in Australia in 2001, where I was working in a florist as a sales assistant. I would watch the ladies put together these beautiful arrangements. Lucky for me one of the florists could see my fascination for their work so once we had shut up shop she would teach me how to make bouquets. I did this for months and I soon realized that my pay was increasing and I wandered why? I then found out that my employer noticed I was making bouquets via our security cameras!

This is when I realized that I needed to move back home and study floristry so that I could turn this hobby and passion into a business, but not just any business, a business that separated me from any other florist, something bigger than a florist. So I became an event stylist, specializing in weddings. I specialize in Archways, garlands, table décor and seating with Papatuanuku- (Mother Nature) being the forefront of my style and design. So if my work appeals to you, let me bring your event to life with your ideas and my unique talent.





Joe Kemp
Te Haa Gallery
Contemporary Maori carver and sculptor

joe-225x300 ArtsMadMy name is Joe, married to Sherie and we have three sons. My tribal connections are Ngai Tahu, Ngapuhi and Te Arawa (Ngati Makino). Living at Lake Rotoma in the Bay of Plenty, for the last fifteen years I have worked full-time as a carver and sculptor at Te Haa an open-air gallery in the bush alongside our home…

I am self-taught and find it a great privilege to be able to create with these mediums and art forms. I enjoy carving human form, I feel doing human form connects me with my ancestral history which brings a whole new meaning and purpose to the finished artwork. I use wood as my main medium and enjoy the secrets and surprises that our native timbers have with them. I sense a connection with Tane Mahuta (the life force of the tree) as I’m working with the wood, so it is quite a special feeling. I also carve a variety of stone, where again there is a connection with Papatuanuku (Earth Mother). I look to bring out the Wairua (essence) in each piece, starting from where the material originated and using any special features and grains in the stone and wood.

Joe Kemp’s artworks are featured on the Rotorua Public Art Trail and he has been part of Rotorua Sculpture Symposium in 2014 and again in 2016. His artwork is collected by New Zealand entrepreneurs and he also sells his work on the international market. In November he returns as a featured artist for the 4th time at the biennial NZ Sculpture Onshore, New Zealand’s largest outdoor sculpture exhibition which is also renown for contributing all proceeds from each exhibition to NZ Womens refuge.


Kylie Lang
“I’m Not Alone Walker and Writer”

kylie-300x225 ArtsMadKylie walked the length of NZ following the Te Araroa Trail using the theme “I’m Not Alone”. Each day she was joined by someone else to keep her company, share the beauty around them and raise funds for the Mental Health Foundation. Walking over 3000km provided challenges including walking through a lightning storm, injuries and endless mud. While pushing physical limits the walk also provided great friendships, generosity from strangers and learning how to deal with loss and adversity. Kylie blogged everyday and once finished expanded them to create a book encompassing the adventure.



John Miles
“Nice Photo but Is It Art?”

john-200x300 ArtsMadJohn Miles is a professional photographer and a licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society. He’s a photographer of LIFE – Business Life, Community Life, Family Life, Natural Life. John was born and brought up in the UK and loved photography since he was a 10 year old when he was given his first camera. After 25 years in IT, he gave up the corporate world and made a major career switch to become a full-time professional photographer.In 2012 he emigrated to NZ with his partner Susan, settling in Hawke’s Bay. Last October they shifted up to Rotorua when he and Susan purchased Portico Picture Framers, Original Gifts and Art Gallery in Pukuatua St. He is currently enjoying life and photographing life in Rotorua.




Oriwa Morgan-Ward
Storyteller, mixed media artist 

oriwa-300x200 ArtsMadI look forward to sharing with the ArtsMad Whānau a glimpse into my creative world.
I describe my style as abstract and almost surrealistic – expressing my dreams and visions free from conscious rationale.
Kia ora I’m Oriwa and would describe myself as a Creative who loves to stimulate her audience by story- telling, visual communications through my body of work. I’m a mixed media artist based in Māori traditional concepts and educating by way of conversations and activating curiosity.



connie-227x300 ArtsMadConnie Takarangi
Creative Repurpose artist

13 O’clock
A time long ago have I travelled from
And the whirring of my machine is rhythm to the cloth
With needle and thread I weave and have come to tell you a story
The blades of my tailors shears glinting in the light of the midnight oil


Fiona Cameron
Research Analyst Rotorua Lakes Council, Arts and Culture team

fiona-300x225 ArtsMadFiona has an exciting role as a research analyst in Rotorua Lakes Council’s Art and Culture team. This role is aimed at providing in-depth research and analytical information that informs and supports the implementation and monitoring of product and audience development strategies and takes advantage of business development opportunities in the Arts and Culture area.

Since joining in October 2017, one of the projects we have been working on is how to measure whether a vibrant Arts and Culture community leads to improved personal, family and community well being. My role is to bring the voices of Rotorua people into decision making for the Arts and Culture team. That could mean walking around the Thursday Night Market talking to patrons and stall holders, finding out how people are using Te Aka Mauri or consulting with the local performing arts community on the proposed changes to the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre. The subject of this talk will be a study we are working on with Auckland University of Technology about whether festivals and events leads to improved personal, family and community well-being.