Gabrielle Belz

Rohe: Taranaki

Tribal Affiliations: Ngāpuhi, Te Atiawa

Gabrielle sees art as a vehicle to transport the viewer to other perceptions and considerations.

Gabrielle’s work is about identity, history, and possible futures. Birds are used often as an element in her work. She has exhibited in New Zealand, and overseas being represented in private and public collections here and off-shore.

Gabrielle considers herself fortunate to have been part of cultural exchanges in Samoa, Hawaii, Australia, Canada and the US and has been invited to, and held residencies at Pilchuck Glass Studios, Crows Shadow print studio on the Umatilla Reservation Oregon, Quay School of Arts Print Studio Whanganui, Toi Mairangi Arts School Hastings, Clatsop Community College in Astoria, and in 2015 selected for the new artist residency in the Hokianga.

Commission works include the entrance and paving features and inlays for the Māngere East Library, paving features in Glen Innes, mosaics in playgrounds around Manukau, glass feature walls for Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Māngere Campus, and more recently, feature walls for the East Entrance of Te Waonui o Mātauranga building in Manukau commissioned by Manukau Institute of Technology, completed June 2014.

Gabrielle has recently relocated to Taranaki.

Ani Huia Ligliga (Matenga)

Ani Huia Ligliga (Matenga), is a wife and wife of two beautiful girls. Has a passion for art and always wanted to be an artist! Studied the more traditional forms of art at BYU Hawaii then become more involved in digital art and moved home to Hamilton.  Being of Māori descent wants to incorporate into her mahi to express herself and show gratitude for her ancestors.  Hopes her work can contribute to making Māori art more readily available for everyone.  The goal is to create a body of art that makes people a connection.

Todd Sheridan

Todd (Te Rautini) Sheridan is a visual artist of Māori and Irish descent currently living in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa on the East Coast of Aotearoa, NZ.

In 2008 Todd decided that he wanted to rekindle his love of the arts again and began to pursue this passion.  Todd works in many art mediums including printmaking, silk painting, drawing, photography, glass and whakairo (Māori carving).
His journey in the arts began many years ago as a teenager but, he was encouraged by his father (also an artist) to find a career that would be more reliable to bring in an income. This led him to study to become a teacher and for the next 20 + years he would dedicate his life to this field. Nearly 10 years later, this is the result of that journey. A journey that continues to grow.