Though the low pro­file might sug­gest oth­er­wise, Karl Sheridan is a vi­tal part of the New Zealand cre­ative scene.

With strong ties to the Kiwi film in­dus­try – he’s pro­duced tele­vi­sion com­mer­cials, short films and mu­sic videos as well as the crowd­funded the fea­ture length doc­u­men­tary, Dregs – the one man dy­namo has emerged as a key fa­cil­i­ta­tor and driv­ing force be­hind the New Zealand’s cre­ative scene.

Af­ter work­ing for five years in the film in­dus­try, Sheridan saw a gap in the mar­ket for slick low-bud­get con­tent. Since then, his in­de­pen­dent arts and con­tent agency Mon­ster Val­ley has shot over 1,500 videos, taken hun­dreds of thou­sands of pho­to­graphs, hung over 600 art­works and held over 200 events, with cor­po­rate col­lab­o­ra­tions such as Air New Zealand, West­pac and Count­down.

But there’s more to the man than his busi­ness achieve­ments: The ART Ven­ture Award Win­ner is also the man be­hind the scenes of such sta­ple art events as The Ex­per­i­ment, the In­ter­na­tional Arts and Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, and Mon­ster Val­ley's weekly One-Night Only ex­hi­bi­tion se­ries.

If that’s not enough, he’s also ed­i­tor of Black La­goon, Mon­ster Val­ley's lim­ited edi­tion, quar­terly arts and cul­ture zine show­cas­ing the cre­ative com­mu­nity in all of its phys­i­cal glory, plus di­rec­tor of the Su­per8x8 Film Chal­lenge, a cel­e­bra­tion of the ana­logue film for­mat that gives par­tic­i­pants to ac­cess a col­lec­tion of high end Su­per 8 cam­eras, to plan, shoot and show ana­logue films.

This year has been a busy one for the im­pre­sario, work­ing hard be­hind the scenes or­ches­trat­ing events such as The Ex­per­i­ment – which en­cour­ages emerg­ing artists, mu­si­cians, and cre­atives to dis­cover in­no­va­tive ways to dis­play their works – launch­ing the Su­per 8 Lounge in Auck­land and ex­pand­ing the an­nual Su­per8x8 fes­ti­val down to Welling­ton, and launch­ing “Poyn­ton Stu­dios,” a new space for young artists to cre­ate mean­ing­ful work.

He doesn't spend much time seek­ing recog­ni­tion, but his gen­uine pas­sion for cre­ativ­ity – not to men­tion his seem­ingly end­less en­ergy – Mon­ster Val­ley's Karl Sheridan is very much leav­ing his mark on New Zealand's vi­brant art scene.

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