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Panel Discussions
Auckland - The Nix

These discussions will cover topics that are often considered difficult or vulnerable, enabling deeper exploration of emotions, historical expressions, and the transformative nature of pain.

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PANEL DISCUSSION 
EMOTIONS IN MOTION

Join us for an insightful conversation that delves into the profound realm of deep emotions, exploring the significance of expressing difficult emotions as a vital component of a healthy lifestyle. We will explore how artists convey their personal experiences through their work, and how emotions serve as a wellspring of inspiration. Together, we will unravel the transformative power of emotions and their integral role in artistic creation.

12 SEPTEMBER, 6.30 PM TO 8 PM, 6 NIXON STREET, AUCKLAND

Convenor of the night:

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Sonia Wilson

 Singer, Musician, Author, Songwriter
& Music Tutor

Panellists:

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Lucie Blaze

Founder of Born to Create, Visual Artist

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Rina Chae

Korean Kiwi Dancer, Teacher & Choreographer, Founder of En Beat Dance Academy & Raze Talent Agency

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Heleina Waimoana Dalton

Pou Atawhai – Cultural Sensitivities and Learning Support Coordinator, Registered Creative Arts Therapist

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PANEL DISCUSSION 
EMOTIONS THROUGH CULTURES

Emotions have played a central role in art throughout history, serving as a powerful driving force for creative expression. Let’s talk about how artists embraced emotions as a source of inspiration, emphasizing the expression of intense feelings and individual experiences.

26 SEPTEMBER, 6.30 PM TO 8 PM, 6 NIXON STREET, AUCKLAND

Convenor of the night:

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Jennifer Zea

Artist & Culture Facilitator

Panellists:

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Abhi Chinniah

Portrait Photographer, Writer

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Fatima Sanussi

Multidisciplinary Creative, Curator, Founder of ‘Do You Still Dream?’

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Linda Va’aelua

Visual Artist

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PANEL DISCUSSION 
JUDGMENT AND VULNERABILITY

Navigating the complexities of responding to judgment from viewers and embracing vulnerability as an artist can be arduous, yet it is within our reach to navigate these sensitive topics. By adopting strategic approaches and embracing certain perspectives, we can traverse this terrain with greater resilience and self-assurance.

10 OCTOBER, 6.30 PM TO 8 PM, 6 NIXON STREET, AUCKLAND

Convenor of the night:

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Ellie Lim

 (She/Her) 

Producer, Place maker, Pursuer of Creative Pleasure

Panellists:

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Julia Ewer 

Psychosynthesis Counsellor 

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Sara Moana

Illustrator, Artist

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Vira Paky

Storyteller, Community Engagement Specialist

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PANEL DISCUSSION 
TURNING YOUR PAIN INTO INSPIRATION

Turning pain into inspiration in art is a transformative and cathartic process that holds the power to heal and ignite profound creativity. It is in this alchemical process of transforming pain into inspiration that art becomes a powerful catalyst for personal growth, empathy, and profound artistic creations that resonate deeply with both the artist and the audience.

24 OCTOBER, 6.30 PM TO 8 PM, 6 NIXON STREET, AUCKLAND

Convenor of the night:

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Jennifer Zea

Artist & Culture Facilitator

Panellists:

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Simonne Butler

Author, Intimate Partner & Sexual Violence Educator, Holistic Trauma Therapist

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Jacky McLaren

Co-founder of the charities HelpingHands Penan and Penan Women Project and founder of Borneo Bags

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Nocturness

Performance Artist, Avant-Garde Burlesque

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