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 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.

@chloel.artist

chloelam.weebly.com

 

 

 Dr. Bobby Hung

Dr. Bobby Hung

Dr. 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.

@berst_1

berst1.com
 

 Ellen Moore

Ellen Moore

Ko Taranaki toku maunga
Ko waitangiroa toku awa
Ko tokomaru toku waka
Ko mururaupatu toku marae
Ko puketapu toku hapu
Ko te atiawa toku iwi
No Massey Tamaki Makaurau ahau
Ko ellen moore toku ingoa

Tena Koe,
My name is Ellen and I am an Artist from West Auckland. I have Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion from AUT and Toi Maruata: Certificate in Māori and Indigenous Art (Level 3) with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

I am the Director and Operator of SEWN 2015 Ltd, a small business that provides the services of clothing alterations, repairs, custom-made garments and sewing lessons. My business, trading as Sew West, is based in Huapai and this is where you will find my creative space. I have sought to channel my creativity and artistry as a full-time seamstress to support my young family.

I’m inspired by my children, my culture and my connection to people and the planet.

@sew.west

 Han Nae Kim

Han Nae Kim

Han Nae Kim is an experienced visual artist and tutor, who majored in Painting at Elam School of Fine Arts and has a Master of Fine Arts from the Melbourne Victorian College of Arts. Han teaches playful and experimental workshops which visit many mediums individually and combined.

Her practice explores fields of encounter, collision, and splitting. Its process of repetitive layering, rubbing, and sanding, makes the surface of her work rich with potential. It becomes the symbolic skin, which possesses a virtual depth that can be constantly manipulated and regenerated. Her drawing-based investigations sing of the liberating force and cathartic potential of making art through the process-orientated approach to creative practice.

“What is made in my studio usually requires repetitive and obsessive bodily gestures of division, binding and polishing in order to become a sensorial mass which speaks about emerging unconsciousness.”

@h_n_k_ott

 James Lawrence

James Lawrence

James Lawrence holds an MFA from Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles and is a well-known artist who has exhibited both nationally and internationally. His practice focuses on energy, movement and colour; what emerges represents a distillation of personal expression, gestural marks and discoveries. "For me, painting is letting go!”

In his popular workshops, he explores abstract painting concepts while sharing techniques to utilise paint, gel and additives. His teaching style will give students a base for further painting adventures with an emphasis on process and discovery.

@jameslawrenceart

jameslawrenceartist.com

 Jean Stewart

Jean Stewart

Jean Stewart is a painter and arts educator. She has a Masters in Design and Painting. Jean says: 

"I have been painting for around 20 years. I love paint, colour, mark making and all the formal playful aspects of painting. Over the years I have investigated how to tell stories in paintings and how paintings can operate as memories. My current trajectory is to realise projects that take the painting outside of itself and connect to the community in various ways. For the last 2 years, I have been painting the Whau local hero portrait; the community votes and the winner gets their portrait painted. I have recently completed a wall painting in the Huia Hall, that will see the people of the area up on the wall in masquerade. Painting for me has been a constant challenging connecting force. It is always there and ready to be grappled with."

@jeanbuzz

jeanstewart.co.nz

 Leela Bhai

Leela Bhai

A West Auckland local of 18 years, Leela Bhai holds a Diploma in Film and Television Make-up, Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Design.

As an independent curator, her practice involves cultivating community space, using art as a tool for connection. 

​She has been part of the Corban Estate Arts Centre team since 2015 teaching creative workshops for children, youth and adults, responsible for engagement, encouragement and impressive outcomes. She also contributes to the public programme at Studio One Toi Tū teaching children’s holiday 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.

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.

Leela has also designed and facilitated public workshops for the annual events of ArtWest, Love Hendo, The Didsbury Art Trail and Mental Health Awareness Week 2021.  

@ideasbhaidesign

 Lina Castro

Lina Castro

Lina Castro, originally from Bogotá, Colombia, describes embroidery as a passion that makes her happy. "Thanks to embroidery, I have been able to connect creative worlds and discover new ones."

She has an Industrial Designer honour degree, her experience includes 4 years as a teacher at the Faculty of Design in Colombia and 11 years experience in product development and marketing.

Her story with embroidery started in 2015 and since then, her obsession has been to expand the possibilities of “embroidery beyond the hoop” turning the embroidered pieces into earrings, necklaces or key rings. That is also, the reason why she specializes in tiny stitches as the technique is used to embroider small garments.

She is constantly studying and using different techniques so her contemporary embroidery is changing and innovating to explore new ways to popularize this beautiful craft.

Her workshops are aimed at both beginning and experienced creators where they are encouraged to tell stories, experimenting with sewing techniques, various fabrics and different fibres.

@lin.island.creative

 Lucie Blaze

Lucie Blaze

Lucie Blaze is a Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Artist, Art Tutor, and Arts Therapy student at Whitecliffe College. Originally from the Czech Republic, Lucie moved to New Zealand in 2014 and has fully embraced the culture and art scene over the past few years, further developing her art style with a wide pool of influences and techniques.

Lucie is passionate about creating workshops that take you on a journey of self-exploration. Also, Lucie is all about the inspiring women in our communities and those around the world. Her workshops are designed to be a fun and empowering experience.

@lucie_blaze

lucie-blaze.com

 Maha Tomo

Maha Tomo

Maha has been carving bone and pounamu for over 10 years and has found that his art has opened doors to new places… and new people.. while at the same time …connecting him back to old places, and to his old people. Maha is of Waikato Tainui, Rangitane, Ngati Kauwhata, Ngati Toa and Ngai Tahu descent and his hapu in Te Wai Pounamu is Ngati Huirapa of Arowhenua in Temuka.
Maha has a bachelor's degree in Creative Arts and a post-graduate diploma in Cross-Cultural Supervision and is the Director at Aotearoa Bone and Stone Carving. 

Maha's workshops specialise in crafting contemporary Taonga. 

“Following my passion for craft; I found purpose, direction and have strengthened my identity. I feel privileged and grateful to be able to share my passion for creating Taonga from beef bone and Pounamu. I enjoy the beauty of the materials. Simple forms with complex interweaving binding on Taonga that create an intrinsic balance with my work."

@absca.nz 

absca.nz

 Molly Timmins

Molly Timmins

Molly Timmins is a painter and embroidery artist based in Tāmaki Makaurau. Landscape, heritage and craft are the main themes throughout her work, but her art knowledge expands to many fields which she has loved teaching to all ages throughout her years of art education. She is on the Arts Education team at CEAC, and occasionally tutors classes too.
As she embarks on her Masters of Fine Arts in 2022, her creative passion continues to develop in every artistic venture.

@molly.timmins

 Nat Rose Te Hei

Nat Rose Te Hei

(Tainui, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Porou Te Whānau ā Apanui)

Nat is passionate about Te Ao Māori, sustainability, health and well-being, and education. She has been weaving for over 15 years and delivers contemporary weaving workshops to rangatahi and educators across Auckland.

Nat sees Harakeke as a plentiful natural resource with so many varieties that can be woven into many useful things and has zero impact on our world. A plant that keeps on giving and encompasses the model Te Whare Tapawha (Wairua, Hinengaro, Tinana and Whānau).

Nāku te rourou, nāu te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi.
With my basket, with your basket, we will thrive.

With 20 years in the music industry, Nat is currently in the final year of a Bachelor of Contemporary Music Performance at the Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand. Nat holds Level 3 and 4 Te Ara Reo Māori and has worked as a cultural and wardrobe assistant for GFC Film and Television.

 Penny Howard

Penny Howard

Penny's artworks are an expression of the artist’s narratives of finding one’s cultural identity. Penny is of Māori (Te Mahurehure, Ngāpuhi) and Celtic descent.

Her works explore memories, stories, and longing of and for whānau, whakapapa and tūrangawaewae, within both her Māori and European ancestry. She questions what we have lost culturally through colonisation and pacific diaspora but also the connections that we can retrace and hold within ourselves to pass on to future generations. The red thread in Penny’s work represents I Nga Wa O Mua, the Māori worldview to take the past with us into the future for guidance.

Penny graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 1995. She has work in the permanent collections of the Wallace Arts Trust, Foundation North, Auckland Events Centre, the University of Auckland and in public and private collections across New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the UK, and China.

Penny is part of our CEAC Education team and has tutored many classes from preschool, primary, intermediate and high school age students.

@pennyhowardart

 Phil Dadson

Phil Dadson

Phil Dadson is an artist with an interdisciplinary practice working essentially in sound, music, performance and moving image. His workshops focus on invented instruments, rhythm, and experimentation – for all ages.

Phil studied at Auckland’s Elam School of Fine Arts and later earned a Master of Arts with Honors while teaching at Elam. He became known for his invented musical instruments (PVC slaptubes and others) and for his long-running group From Scratch (1974 to present), plus has produced numerous experimental films and videos and recorded sound for documentaries.

Arts Foundation Laureate 2001.
Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2005.

“I still love the sound of a good PVC pipe. It has a wonderful thump that hums! And if you get a good set of them, they have a beautiful sound.” - Phil Dadson.

@fromscratchnz

 Rachael Burke

Rachael Burke

Rachael Burke is a mixed media artist from Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland.

Rachael holds a deep fascination for the human condition. Her creative practice, is an ongoing exploration relating to perceptions of identity and selfhood. The fact that identity is created through hidden processes, that we become individuals through metamorphosis, living in a constant state of flux are key concepts crucial to her practice.

Rachael completed a Fine Art degree (Honors) at Whitecliffe in 2021. She currently teaches at Mapura Studios and Lakehouse Arts.

@rachael.burke_art

 Sally Barron

Sally Barron

Sally Barron was born in Whanganui and now lives in Auckland, painting and teaching. She has studied in the UK where she lived for several years, attending Leeds University and the Royal College of Art.

Sally works almost exclusively in oils with key themes exploring memory and our relationship with the environment, balancing figuration with the abstract. She uses emotionally charged colours and gestural techniques influenced by post-impressionist and abstract expressionism.

@barron.sally

sallybarron.co.nz

 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.

@tessamitchell66