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 Abraham Kunin

Abraham Kunin

Abraham Kunin works as a producer, songwriter, guitarist, and recording engineer. He is a band member with Home Brew and Teeks (and has been a permanent member of somewhere between 12-15 bands at last count!).


Other acts and artists he has worked with recently include Avantdale Bowling Club, Maisey Rika, Freddy Reynold, Noah Slee, Tourettes, Rush Wepiha, Average Rap Band, and Anoushka Shankar. He has toured internationally with a plethora of bands and theatrical productions. He has a BMus (Jazz), and is an endorsee for Elixir Strings.


Abe is passionate about alternative education, and passing on his experience as a resource to the next generation of artists. 

 Bobby Hung

Bobby Hung

Bobby Hung is a graffiti artist known under the name Berst. He has painted graffiti for 15 years and involved in a range of community centred projects with youth and visual arts education in the tertiary sector. His creative practice involves the production of large scale aerosol artworks in public spaces while also intersecting with a range of studio practices.

Since 2010, Berst has been involved with Corban Estate Art Centre delivering art workshops and curating graffiti art battles with an aim to engage with the youth. In parallel to art making, Berst has been employed for the past nine years in the Creative Industries at Unitec Institute of Technology and lectures in art and design education. He holds a PhD in Education from the University of Auckland and his list of accolades includes a second-place award at the international Ono’ U graffiti competition in Tahiti, Guinness World Record for the World’s longest graffiti scroll completed in Dubai, and a recipient of the Unitec- Taipei Artist Village residency programme.

 

See more of Berst’s work at:

 

@berst_1

www.youtube.com/users/bobbyhung10

 Chloe Lam

Chloe Lam

Chloe Lam is an artist who recently moved to Auckland. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Visual Communication (Graphic Design), and a Master's degree in Art and Education from Birmingham City University. She completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Education in Visual Art at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Chloe enjoys writing songs on piano, guitar and ukulele. She is interested in multiple disciplines, studying both arts and music in her Master's.

With more than 10 years teaching experience, she has taught a variety of art projects in schools and studios. Chloe uses multidisciplinary and innovative art activities to elicit each student’s talent and ability to express feelings, emotions and ideas.      

https://chloelam.weebly.com/

 Leela Bhai

Leela Bhai

A West Auckland local of 15 years, Leela Bhai holds a Diploma in Film and Television Make-up, Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts, and currently undertaking her Masters of Design.

Her practice involves cultivating community space, using art as a tool for connection.

In 2017  Leela taught a  second year student spatial design elective for the Bachelor of Creative Enterprise at UNITEC and held a mentoring role for graduating third year students of multiple disciplines.

She is the creative director of two annual West Auckland  events;  SUNDAY GIRL the all-female pop-up visual art exhibition and the competition and finalists show of SHOES EXTRAVAGANZA.

She has been a Corban Estate Arts Centre staff member since 2015, designing  and teaching creative workshops for children, youth and adults, responsible for engagement, encouragement and impressive outcomes. Last year, she also joined the public programme team at Studio One Toi Tu teaching children’s art classes.

When teaching, her focus is on the process, pursuing careful observation of the subject matter , experimental use of mixed mediums and pure self-expression through art.

Leela has also designed and facilitated public workshops for the annual events of ArtWest, Love Hendo, The Didsbury Art Trail and Toi Tū Takeover at Silo Park.

 Tessa Mitchell

Tessa Mitchell

Tessa Mitchell has worked as a drama teacher with young children and teenagers for over 25 years.  She has run holiday programs and drama workshops across  Auckland. Tessa has worked with Isabel Fish Academy,  Shine, Performance Net and The Performing Arts School.  She currently teaches for Shine Speech and Drama and has run independant drama classes at Freemans Bay Primary school for over 7 years.

Tessa graduated as an actor with a degree from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne in 1994. She has an Masters in Spatial design from AUT in 2010.

Tessa has appeared as an actor in many films, including ‘The World’s Fastest Indian’, ‘Perfect Creature’, ‘Rubbings of a Live Man’ and ‘Oracle Drive’, as well as guest TV roles and numerous theatre performances, recently receiving the Fringe award for  ‘I wanna be na nah na nah nah’, directed by Stephen Bain in which Tessa was the co-writer and performer . This turned into her solo show ‘Girl You Want’ which she performed seasons of in both NZ and Melbourne.