Friday, November 27, 2009

More Feedback

It's that time of the month again to thank everyone for participating on my programme. And what makes it all worthwhile is when I know people are really happy with how much I genuinely care for them and want them to succeed, not only in their professional lives but personal too.

Here is some feedback from my participants:
"The staff are very caring yet professional with a sensitive to needs approach that worked for me … for me personally it was very wonderful and just what I needed to motivate me." – Demita (illustrator and author).

"I found the programme to be very beneficial and it has helped me with so much that it has exceeded my expectations. I liked the personal nature, exploring things in myself that even I had forgotten about, and Paula is great!! Paula's sincerity and compassion, and just having someone who seems to understand my circumstance. … Staff are superb, Paula pushed me the right amount." – Aaron (musician).

"I think Paula worked a good line between encouragement and keeping a bit of pressure on … I have increased my students, my gigs and have a long term theatre show 'Punchkin' to work on - all during the course. Thank you for your support!" – David (musician).

"Helps you realign and define yourself with who you are, what drives you and what you find stimulating. Also Paula is most suited, was easy to talk to and happy. Staff were excellent!! Think they handled me fine, I do not have a preference to either as I'm adaptable as hell. Gained international supports and hype and buzz around my newest band Dole Day Rage!!! which is getting rave reviews everytown we play. ... You're gold." – Ra (musician).

"It opened up my eyes as to what else I'm interested in and has given me more options for the future. Would like a Facebook group where different artists can communicate who are on the programme and help each other that way. … Since starting the programme, we have started work with an international producer who has worked with such bands as Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and UB40 … We have also collated some awesome end of year festival shows through the means of the footage we acquired in September." – Kane (Musician/singer). – And yes, Kane I am working on a Facebook idea.

"The staff are amazing, really get a good vibe and you can tell they really care about you and are passionate in their work. … I can't thank Paula enough for her hard work and support – Clayton (dancer).

"Positive and strong encouragement … Since beginning the course my confidence has grown. I have developed and matured in my approach to my art and in maintaining discipline to work even in the few times I don't feel like it. I am now confident and ready to put my art out in the world. Thanks to this course." – Jacki (artist).

"Very helpful, the push was fine, it was not patronising and allowed you to develop at your own pace." – James (musician/DJ).

So thank you again and all the best for the future, and I'm only an email or chat away.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Ed Butler: Illustrator and Comic Artist

Ed (middle figure) has produced two series of comic books and he is going really well on his latest venture Wulfpak, selling 400 copies at this year's Armageddon Pulp Expo.

Check out this young man if you need your work illustrated or are keen on following his comics.

He has sensational skill both manually and digitally.

Here are the links for him:

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Ra Witz: Dole Day Rage

As mentioned previously Ra is a busy musician and he is in two great punk bands, one is 5th Threat and the other Dole Day Rage.  Ra is third along.

Don't ask why 4 guys are in this shower!

Check out their Facebook page for upcoming shows.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


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Friday, October 23, 2009

Jonathon Brugh: Actor in Birds of Paradise

Jonathan is one half of the critically acclaimed, award winning tragic-comic duo Sugar & Spice.

He is an experienced performer both on TV (Shortland Street and The Jackie Brown Diaries) and stage (Sugar & Spice).

Jonathon is currently working as a photographer/designer, fitness instructor, and continues to appear on TV.

Make sure you check out Jonathan this weekend appearing in Birds of Paradise burlesque show.

Birds of Paradise is an opulent and flamboyant Cabaret Burlesque Comedy, exploring the rituals of courtship and the attention-seeking performances of some of our most bizarre and alluring feathered friends. Birds of Paradise promises to be a uniquely spectacular event, weaving together dance, music, drama and comedy.

Fri 16 & Sat 17 Oct - Leigh Sawmill Café
Sat 24 & Sun 25 Oct - Ascension Vineyard, Matakana.
Both venues open at 6pm for a special feathery feast and drinks
9pm is show-time, DJ and Catlin Smith at Sawmill only

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Kane Bennett

Gigs coming up for Sonic Altar:

31 Oct 2009
8:00 p
16 Nov 2009
8:00 p
28 Nov 2009
12:00 p
Paddock 09
Whangarei, Northland

Check out Kane's singing, and excuse the superlatives, but this man has it .... stage presence, voice ... an amazing voice!

And here are the lads.

You can listen to him on YouTube:

Great guys.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Temor Bakhshi: Filmmaker

Here's Temor an up and coming film maker (some great films he has on the boil). Temor has come from Afghanistan, but this day he was mistaken by an Italian woman wanting to talk to him in Italian. I guess it's the beret (or is that French?).

Have a sneek look at one of his upcoming films: Winter Stories: Bakhshi-1-1_qPl-M8_b8.html

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Good News Stories

I am now getting my clients to complete an evaluation of my mentoring/counselling service should they stay with me for the full eight weeks intensive; and as we want this programme to be a positive experience, here are some good news/success stories;

"The level of mentoring was perfect. … When I first started with PACE I had many creative endeavours: audio engineer, radio host, session keyboardist and singer/songwriter projects. PACE narrowed my efforts to help me focus on the more commercial projects that could lead to a great career. Now I am working towards my solo album with Stone Winner Records." – Ralphe Engle
(Since this evaluation Ralphe has produced his first solo album, congratulations!).

"Enjoying personal interaction with Paula and David and learning how to go about working out and researching my potential career aspects ... the art journalling – I have really enjoyed creating images and colour again!!." – Anna (former model).

"Extremely helpful, the pressure or push is appropriate … I have met some lovely people who are able to help the networking process." – Brenda (screen writer).

"The staff were very helpful and understanding. … I have found my artistic development/productivity has increased and significantly helped me to work through personal barriers." – Lyall (Artist).

"I have been offered a job teaching/mentoring at a school and am also close to being able to work for a jingle writing company. We have a tour in Australia in November and are recording our second record there also. Being nominated for two VNZMA's was also an honour (Best Album and Best Rock Album)" – Philip (Cut Off Your Hands).

"The process that we used was perfect at this point in the journey. I "heart" You! This process has been awesome, thank you so much" – Leighton (actor).

"Paula's enthusiasm and willingness to make links between clients. … Paula is marvelous – I feel she pitched her 'push' right for me. A mix of coach and counsel based on individual needs." – Callum (MC, Cheval Petit Burlesque).

"Taking a personal and sensitive approach to every client's needs. Thinking outside the box. … Flexibility." – Sophy (make up artist).

"It was very straight forward and easy to understand, no complications. … I cannot wait to move to the USA to start my new career and make a lot of $$$." – Keith (music tutor).

"I enjoyed the one on one, conversation style … I found it really helpful and empowering. The help in building my business, starting a website … staff were fantastic! Very supportive, helpful, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. … I found any subject I brought up was investigated and dealt with professionally and enthusiastically, … I feel incredibly lucky to have been given a motivating, knowledgable and generous mentor/coach. I have gained a huge amount of confidence and focus, which has led to other positive changes in my life, and am again passionate and excited about my future career in makeup artistry." – Holly (makeup artist/stylist).

"The sense of urgeny/immediacy implied by the weekly deadlines … from imagination to tangible. … what worked? being allowed responsibility as a choice, non imposing direction and advice. … Being on the course, I have exhibited in Auckland and Melbourne, completed the editing for an issue of a magazine, commissions, etc. I feel empowered to take control and make conscious movements towards my end goals." –Erin (Artist/Curator).

"Perfect. A fine balance of coaching and counselling." – Guy (illustrator/artist).

"I have increased my students, my gigs and have a long-term theatre show "Punchkin" to work on all during the course. Thank you for your support!" – David (musician).

"I wouldn't change anything … maybe there could be a three monthly get together for other PACE participants to meet up for a social drink. … PACE has helped me focus on any creative goals as well as integrating it into my lifestyle. It has been a highly positive, eye opening experience and now I can pursue my goals independently and with insight." – Morgan (Artist/singer).

Thanks for your feedback guys, you are so WORTH it!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Mark Taylor: Writer

Mark is a freelance writer working for M2 magazine.

Below is just some snippets of his writing style:

Find Your Passion
Life will feel like a struggle unless you pursue what you really enjoy. If you really want to give yourself the best chance of success, you need to isolate that which you enjoy in life and go after it with relentless gusto. "Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life?" (Dr. Wayne Dyer). If you pursue what you love, success will follow. In order to find your true passion, you will probably need to ask yourself some questions. Motivational expert, Frederic Premji, has compiled a list of seven questions to help you find your passion:

What makes you smile?
What would you do for free?
What makes you unafraid of failure?
What do you find easy?
What sparks your creativity?
What do you like to talk about?
What would you regret hot having tried?

Successful people didn't become successful through persisting in doing something they hated. They pursued what they enjoyed and you need to do that too.

Start Telling People What You Are Really Thinking/Feeling
There are a multitude of reasons why people don't speak the truth but they all originate from the one place: the ego. Your ego is solely concerned with your image, how others perceive you. By practising truthfulness, you will slowly begin to feel you are less concerned with what other people think of you. This will free you to engage in all those things you avoid because of fear of negative reactions from others, like taking ballet classes or running naked through your workplace. Dr Abraham Kryger from Monterey Preventive Medical Clinic in California lists many benefits of telling the truth. These include: an increased sense of grounding/confidence, greater success/personal expertise, increased ability to influence others and good humour. Remember, whenever you lie to someone, you are also lying to yourself. Lying is ultimately a cowardly exercise and no one likes a coward. Think of The Wizard of Oz, nobody liked that cowardly lion. If you find yourself not telling the truth, it's not too late to start being truthful. People will respect your willingness to change. "Always tell the truth. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest." (Mark Twain, author/humorist).

Great words and advice Mark.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Cut Off Your Hands : Ouch!

For those who enjoy Cut Off Your Hands here is their up and coming gig guide, just arrived in my hot email hands. Seems like a few trips to Oz are in order. And all the best guys for Vodafone NZ Music Awards, too.

24 Oct 2009
11:00 a
The Millton Vineyard
Gisborne, Gisborne
31 Oct 2009
8:00 p
Capitol w/ Midnight Juggernauts
5 Nov 2009
8:00 p
Cambridge Hotel w/ Midnight Juggernauts
6 Nov 2009
8:00 p
The Metro w/ Midnight Juggernauts
7 Nov 2009
8:00 p
Waves w/ Midnight Juggernauts
13 Nov 2009
8:00 p
Billboard w/ Midnight Juggernauts
14 Nov 2009
8:00 p
Pier Live w/ Midnight Juggernauts
20 Nov 2009
8:00 p
Hi Fi w/ Midnight Juggernauts
21 Nov 2009
8:00 p
Trackside Festival
27 Nov 2009
8:00 p
The Gov w/ Midnight Juggernauts
28 Nov 2009
8:00 p
That Festival – Cabarita Beach

Also TOMORROW night:

Start Time:
Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 9:00pm
End Time:
Friday, October 9, 2009 at 4:00am
Cassette Nine
9 Vulcan Lane

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

David Ward: Composer and Performer

As a performer and composer I have worked in many different musical settings: jazz, blues, bluegrass, improvised music, Indian classical, Serbian gypsy music, and original projects. I play acoustic, electric and cigarbox slide guitar and 4, 5 & 8 string banjos. I have composed and performed for such theatre shows as Krishnan's Dairy, The Candlestickmaker and The Arrival

Key skills:
  • I play acoustic, electric and slide guitar and 4, 5 & 8 string banjos. 
  • I compose, arrange and musicially direct music for theatre.
Since Graduating in 2001 from the Wellington Conservatorium of Music with a BMus in Jazz Performance, he has performed with such musicians as: Chris O’Conner, John Bell, Lucien Johnson, Roger Sellers, Tom Callwood, Paul Dyne, Blair Latham, Papon (Angaraag Mahanta), Vaishali Samant,
Isaac Smith, Ian Downer, Nick Van Dyke, Misha Marks, Julien Taylor, Blair Latham, Ben Wood, Darren Mathiassen, Patrick Bleakley, Hannah Griffin, Rosie Langabeer, Viraj Salvi and Jonny Marks.
A few groups he has been part of are: Onomatopoeia, Niko Nezna, Interplay Trio, The Black Cats, Super Sausage, The Night Dreamers, Zirkus Big Band, The Broadsides and New Pacific Music Ensemble.
Since 2004 he has worked with Indian Ink Theatre Company, performing in NZ, Australia, Singapore and Germany for the critically acclaimed theatre shows Krishan’s Dairy and The Candlestickmaker:
“Integral to the quickening and mellowing of the Candlestickmaker’s pace is David Ward’s excellent music. His measured strings evoke the heat of Kerala and the drops of sweat clinging to the backs of Rohan and Sunil. At the same time, each slow twang of his guitar resonates with an inescapable loneliness” TODAY (Singapore)
In 2008 David composed, performed and musically directed their latest work –
The Dentist’s Chair, commissioned for the Wellington International Arts Festival:
“Marvellously gritty songs” – DOMINION POST
“Splendidly creepy songs” – THE LISTENER
“Haunting” “Excellent in both conception and execution” - THEATREVIEW
For The Dentist’s Chair he was nominated alongside Gareth Farr and Jonathan Crayford for “Most Outstanding Composer” in the 2008 Annual Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards
In 2009 David collaborated with Andrew McMillan, Chris O’Connor and John Bell on the “World Class” soundtrack for Red Leap Theatre’s production of The Arrival which premiered in the 2009 Auckland International Arts Festival.
He is currently performing with Canadian born alt-country singer
Tami Neilson, winner of the 2009 NZ Music Awards Tui for
Best Country Album


Monday, October 5, 2009

The Outfit Theatre Party Time!! Fundraiser

The Outfit Theatre Company are having a party!

Ah yes, ‘theatre’ – You love to watch it and we love to produce it, it’s pretty much a win win!

Unfortunately, producing theatre isn’t cheap. In fact, it’s downright expensive!
Sure, we could sell our bodies on the street again and probably make like a bazillion dollars, but let’s face it – we just can’t take much more.
It’s time for something new… something fresh… something like…
An awesome cool fundraiser party!

Let us treat you to an amazing evening of entertainment, while we politely beg for your money. What could be more fun?!

There’ll be live music, comedy ha ha, fantastic gourmet nibbles and a charming little raffle, with prizes that include, an Official Outfit Theatre T-Shirt, a unique Outfit Theatre Co.Singing Birthday Card and a VIP Season Pass to The Outfit Theatre's entire 2010 season!

Main musical acts include:
Ema Barton
Jonathan Chambers
And many other up and coming musicians / live bands that will sing us into the night.

So, please come on down, have a drink and show your support for New Zealand theatre. Unlike those charities on TV, every cent of your contribution will go directly toward helping nurture and sustain our fledgling young theatre company. How cool is that?!

WHEN: Wednesday October 7th
7:30 onwards
Music Starts @ 8pm

WHERE: Osborne Street
(New bar in Newmarket behind Rialto

COST: $10 per person or
$15 for two.

PARKING: Free parking after 6pm in the area
or Rialto carpark in Kent Street around
the corner


Devlin Bishop
The Outfit Theatre Company.
021 0582471

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Cassette Nine Artist Network Programme: See Saw

Erin Forsyth (
is managing Cassette No. 9's artist network programme "See Saw" - a monthly art installation.

Each month a different local artist is invited to present their work as an exhibition for an evening within Cassette's bar area and as an integrated art installation in the entranceway where it will then be displayed for the duration of the month.

The installation is integrated by the artworks direct application to the space as either a mural by painting directly onto the wall or as a poster having selected work reproduced as large-scale paste ups installed by Profile Plus.

Artists are also offered the option of incorporating mixed media through Cassette's existing entertainment facilities on the opening night from the period of 6 - 9 p.m. in the form of projection and the epic sound system.

See Saw is Auckland's newest artist network programme offering artists a platform to reach new audiences provided by Cassette's diverse and cultured clientele.

By installing the artwork in this manner See Saw hopes to pay tribute to a stable of talented artists, to provide a unique experience for the audience and to provoke interest in the thriving visual concepts coming out of our young local arts community.

Cassette Nine, Vulcan Lane, Auckland CBD.

About  Cassette 9…

Since it’s opening in December 2008 Cassette Nine has established
itself as a venue that caters to a vast variety of people and their social needs.  Since day one, always endeavouring to provide the  highest standard of entertainment and facilitating the cultural requirements of those looking for something over and above what the standard Auckland venue will provide.  Even within an uneasy financial climate Cassette is always prepared to take risks, working with and investing in, more alternative artists and activities that they feel compelled to support.

From their green recycling program, the current construction of a new blog ‘Throw Shapes’, highlighting Auckland’s across the board cultural events, to opening up part of their office space as a studio to a young but talented fashion student. Cassette has an all encompassing and holistic approach towards supporting and promoting cultural activities within its local community.

After several successful but sporadic art shows within the foyer space, Cassette is most excited to have found a highly motivated and discerning young curator in Erin Forsyth.  The venue now looks forward to working with Erin on a permanent basis, offering a regular monthly show that highlights young and upcoming artists within Auckland.  Under the header of See Saw, Cassette launched the first of these exhibitions on October 16th featuring a selection of new illustration and sculptural works by Imogen Taylor.

Check out their website:

Poets at Rannoch

Screwed On Creative presents
Poets at Rannoch
Wine and Nibbles
Thursday, 8th October
7:30 pm
Tickets $15 all inclusive

 Wallace Art Galleries
77 Almorah Road
including poets:
Gail Romano
Kirsten Warner
Callum Stembridge
Adam Fresco
Sabrina Muck
Melisa Martin

RSVP to OR contact Jordan Mooney on 021 203 5557
by Monday, 5th October 2009

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

5th Threat: Ra

Ra belongs to three bands, one of his band's is 5th Threat and here is their schedule for the upcoming weeks:

4 Oct 2009 Transmission Room
9 Oct 2009 Kings Arms
24 Oct 2009 Kings Arms supporting the UK Subs
6 Nov 2009 Gisborne@Smash Palace with The Rocket Jocks, Black Lick and others
21 Nov 2009 New Plymouth, dole day rage!!!

Ra's links:

Facebook profile[fb]messages&page=1&tid=1187262166942#/profile.php?id=1071755396&ref=profile

Ra impresses with his humble, unassuming and personable manner. Go check him out.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Message from Ralphe Engle

Subject: Video of RALPHE PIANO LIVE - now online

Thank you to all the friends and family and fans that are digging this piano solo vibe...
The video of the gig on 23rd Sep 09 is now online:;

This is part 5 of 5 featuring one of the "popular" songs in terms of feedback,
called "Fascinating Thing This Romance".

Part 1 of 5 - Intro and "This Bed Ain't For Sleeping":

Part 2 of 5 - "Hardest Part" and "Kiss Me With Your Mind":

Part 3 of 5 - "Baby Love Hurts" and "Feeling Good":

Part 4 of 5 - "Rainbows" and "Tell it to the Skies":

Part 5 of 5 - "Tell it to the Skies (continued)", "Fascinating Thing
This Romance" and Outro:

More videos at:

Hope you're smiling, for you pick me up in the morning/evening.

Yep, we're smiling at your Ralphe ..... You're enjoyable to watch as well as to listen to, too!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Callum Stembridge: MC, Poet, Performer, Musician, Actor

Callum is involved with The Bone Feeder.

The Bone Feeder
by Renee Liang

How far would you go to find your family?

In 1902, the SS Ventnor sank in the Hokianga Harbour with the bones of 499 Chinese miners bound for ancestral graves in Canton. A century later Ben, a young man, arrives in the Far North to try to find some link with his past. He finds more than just restless spirits….

Writer/Director Renee Liang
Dramaturgy Murray Edmond
Musical director Andrew CorrĂȘa
Lighting design Emma Willis
Music by New Nature (a six-piece traditional Chinese orchestra)
With: Mike Ginn, Callum Stembridge, Ben Teh, Gareth Tiopira-Waaka.

Drama Studio, level 3, Arts 1
14A Symonds St
7.30 pm 30 Sep, 1 + 3 Oct
4 pm 3 + 4 Oct (no show 2 Oct)

$15 adults/$10 students, suitable for ages 10 and above.

Book 09 373 7599 x 84226 (bookings open after 20th September) or to

Callum Stembridge: MC, Poet, Performer, Musician, Actor

Come and join Callum the MC for Petit Cheval Burlesque:

Petit Cheval Burlesque

Cassette Number Nine
9 Vulcan Lane


Mr. Callum Edwin Stembridge
Eva Strangelove
Holly Day
Dia Monte
Lilly Loca
Velvet Crush
& our very own
Leda Petit 

4th October
Show 8.20pm
Doors open 7.30pm
(6.30 for Dinner reservations only)

$25 Seated*
$15 General

Dinner options are also available at an additional $30 per person
Please contact Cassette on 366 0196 to book dinner after purchasing show tickets through iticket
Dinner begins at 6.30

*Note: Once Seated tickets are purchased please contact Cassette on 366 0196 to reserve your space.
Due to limited seating, tables may be shared.

Bookings through iTICKET

Due to the incredible demand for tickets Petit Cheval Burlesque's sellout September performance is back for a repeat show.
Though this is a repeat show, a small selection of brand new acts not seen in September will be performed throughout the evening.

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Featuring Mr. Callum Edwin Stembridge (Burlesque As You Like It/Petit Cheval Burlesque)
Eva Strangelove, Holly Day, Dia Monte, Valentina, Anastasia, Lilly Loca
, soul diva Velvet Crush & our very own Leda Petit (winner of NZs only burlesque competition)

Tickets prices are:

- $15 Standing room only
- $25 Seated
Please contact Cassette on 366 0196 once seated tickets are purchased to reserve tables.
Due to limited seating, tables may be shared.

Dinner options are also available at an additional $30 per person. This includes a two course meal, accompanied by a complementary Cointreau Teese Cocktail (or house drink) & pinup photo of a Petit Cheval Burlesque performer. Available to seated tickets only, please call 366 0196 to arrange. Please note dinner sales are done through Cassette 9 only, & due to limited seating, tables may be shared. Dinner is served at 6.30pm on the night.

Pre sales are available from Iticket Express. We highly recommend you buy ahead of time, as the last show sold out days before.

Doors will open for those without dinner reservations at 7.30pm. Show at 8.20pm.

Dress to impress.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Sophy Phillips – Make Up Artist

Sophy Phillips is an extremely talented make up artist who is not afraid of shining in the world of fashion. She has experience in TV and film, and music videos.

You can view her resume here.
Also become a fan of hers too, here.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Diabolo Singer and Concept Artist

Diabolo is a South Auckland based rap artist who likes to write and perform his own original music. Diabolo incorporates different musical styles into his live show, anything from hip hop to rock, metal, jazz and even classical.

Check him out on

Thursday, September 10, 2009

FREE Event: RALPHE (LIVE PIANO SET) @ The Dogs Bollix
"PIANO Originals (and a sprinkle of covers for taste). A Piano Set with a new twist..."
What: Live Performance
Host: Ralph Engle / /
Start Time: Wednesday 23 September at 21:00
End Time: Wednesday 23 September at 22:30
To see more details and RSVP on FACEBOOK, follow the link below:
Ps. Facebook helps you keep in touch with your friends and family and reconnect with people you have lost touch with.
You can share unlimited photos, plan events and join discussion groups. It's free and everyone can join. To register, go to:

Information about RALPHE (Piano Set):
"Just me, an intimate microphone, and a piano, and another unique gadget that could give the piano a new twist... 

Original songs like: "Tell it to the Skies" and "Baby Love Hurts". I'll also throw in a few short covers to taste from the likes of Coldplay
and Muse, and should also start the set with a song from one of my favourite zombie movies :-)

I hope to not do too many of these piano gigs as it may distract from my other project(s) but this should be a nice low key way to 
showcase for friends and the facebook fam :-)
Influences: Radiohead / Coldplay / Jeff Buckley / One Republic."

COME ALONG ITS LIKE A NIGHT OUT AT THE MOVIES (in regards to length time)
If you would like to catch up with some banter, come when doors open so we can hopefully have an intimate rant! :-P

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

James Dansey: DJ/Musician/Singer/Songwriter

Some of you may already know James from the band The Sneaks, he also DJs at Cassette No. 9. But this Saturday night (Saturday 12th)  he's DJaying at DOC.

Check him out this weekend: Love Potion!!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Katy Grace Jewellery

Katy has a range of vintage jewellery which she sells at various outlets such as Texas Art School.

Here is a preview of what she has to offer:

Pere Chapman

Pere is 18 years of age and has a passion for the modelling and fashion industry. Check out his photos, he is currently pending assignment to a modelling agency. If you want to know more, check back on this website and we will provide who his agent is shortly.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Ralphe Engle: Songwriter/singer

Ralphe Engle is a delightful young man with the world at his feet.
He has at least 30 original songs, the lyrics are taken from his heart, the voice is superb. Ralph’s debut electronica single available worldwide on iTunes, and,, and

More on Ralphe at

Sara Bonner: Artist

Sara Bonner is an experimental young artist residing in Auckland, New Zealand.
Descending from Niuean and European bloodlines, Bonner had a mixed ethnic upbringing, and has
harnessed that into an understanding and appreciation of cultural arts.

Bonner enjoys using a vast array of mediums ranging from oil, tempura, enamel, spray paint, house hold interior acrylic,
children's poster paint, and anything else she can use to produce an image.

With an interest in graphic design, photography, sculpture, architecture, film and installation;
Bonner's main interest and passion lies within popular culture and the artistic culture-jamming rise against modern
society's excessive involvement in mass media and its consumption.
She has a range of t-shirt designs too, check out below:

You can see more of Sara's work on

Kylie McKenzie: Graphic Artist and DJ

Kylie has an unsual talent creating images, she also draws fonts for poster art work, here is a selection of her work:

Please feel free to contact Kylie for freelance graphic design work by going to

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Free Workshops happening in Auckland City for Culture and Arts

Writer's on Mondays:
A discussion on multimedia and the word with Helen Sword and poet laureate Michele Leggott, led by lecturer, poet and novelist, Jack Ross.
Where: Auckland Art Gallery, Art Lounge, cnr Wellesley and Loren Streets, CBD
When: Noon. Free

Atamira: Maori in the City
A three day celebration of Maori creativity and enterprise.
Where: ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane
When: Until Sunday 10 am. to 4 p.m. Free

City Designer's Markets:
Alternative fashion precinct.
Where: Ellen Melville Hall, cnr High Street and Freyberg Place, CBD
Every Friday 9 am. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Taiese Leapai: Artist, Graphic Designer

Taiese is an exceptionally talented young Samoan man who is keen on developing his career further in graphic design, screen printing and tattooing. He worked well on our Artist Mentoring Programme.

He are a few examples of his work:

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Devlin Bishop: Outfit Theatre Company

Outfit Theatre Company presents: Treasure Island

2:00pm 8th July 2009
Follow Jim Hawkins, our young hero, in the Classic tale of a quest to find treasure! In a ship full of pirates led by Long John Silver, Jim and his friends sail across the world to Treasure Island. But beware who you trust, some people will do anything to get their hands on gold. Experience the most piratey and adventurous journey across the world and back again you will see this year!

Eleven actors from The Outfit Theatre Company and director Alison Quigan (aka Yvonne from Shortland Street) have adapted Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel for the stage and brought it to life. A show for the whole family, Mums and Dads, Girls and Boys. Recommended for 5-12 years. Come out of the cold these holidays and see Treasure Island!
Thursday 9 July at 10:30am and 2:00pm
Friday 10 July at 10:30am and 2:00pm
Saturday 11 July at 10:30am and 2:00pm
Sunday 12 July at 10:30am and 2:00pm
Tuesday 14 July at 10:30am and 2:00pm
Wednesday 15 July at 10:30am and 2:00pm
Thursday 16 July at 10:30am and 2:00pm
Friday 17 July at 10:30am and 2:00pm
Saturday 18 July at 10:30am and 2:00pm
Sunday 19 July at 10:30am and 2:00pm

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Bubble Wands

It was a real pleasure to be able to grant approval for Erica Henderson's Bubblewands concept. Here we caught up at the Dunkley's Great New Zealand Craft Show on in Auckland (ASB Showgrounds) this weekend.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Erin Forsyth: Illustrator Artist

Erin has amazing talent in her drawings, she is currently exhibiting, here's her invitation.

You can also check out more of Erin's work on her blog: and also

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Irina Zvonareva: Photography and Multimedia Presentations

Irina, originally from Russia, has settled into New Zealand at Waiheke Island. She is a photography and multimedia specialist offering services in wedding phtography, photography of family events, photography on locations, and creative photo slide show productions mostly for family events: anniversaries, wedding and receptions, birthdays and Christmasses, new babies, holidays, school and sports events, graduations, etc.

You can view her work at:

Photography and Multimedia


Weddings on Waiheke Island:

Monday, June 1, 2009

Actor's Development: Storytelling Free Workshop

Nuffield Theatre UK and Massive Company Theatre NZ will be conducting a free workshop which will take place in Freeman's Bay Auckland.

The topics include exploring storytelling through visual and physical theatre, devising theatre and a study of the actor.

Nuffield Theatre produce award-winning work for adults and children. They tour extensively int he UK and internationally. Their repertoire is wide and includes new writing and classics from Britain and abroad.

More information contact by 3rd June to register.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Jesse Allen

Jesse attended our artist mentoring programme to establish his career in games design further. His work can be viewed at