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Monday, 10 December 2018 11:55

What's On Newsletter 11 December 2018

STRATEGY: Arts & Culture Strategy Framework & Implementation

Follow us on Instagram @creative.bop and Instagram TV as we meet the people and organisations bringing the strategy to fruition.  

REMINDER: CBOP on the move, and Christmas opening hours

Just a quick reminder to update your rolodex as of this week with our new address down to The Kollective, 17th Avenue, Tauranga.


Creative Bay of Plenty will be closed for service from the 21st of December - 7th of January. No newsletters will be sent during this period.


We realise that the holiday period is a busy time for creative movers and shakers! If you would like an event / workshop / picture uploaded to our website or social media stream, please have it in to Rose by 4pm on the 20th of December for upload / schedule where possible. (

We hope that you will enjoy the well deserved holiday break with your whānau, and we look forward to sharing a creative 2019 with you! Ensure to keep tagging CBOP on Facebook and Instagram @creative.bop and @creatives_of_bop so we can check out what you have been up to on our return! 

OPPORTUNITY: Chorus Cabinet Art Project - Theme Submissions

Another round of the Chorus Cabinet Art Project is coming up, and we need YOUR help to decide on this year's theme!

Message the Creative BOP Facebook page with your theme suggestions - you could win $50 worth of Rialto movie tickets.

Get thinking! The project will kick off early next year - keep an eye out for our artist call-out...

OPPORTUNITY: 125 Years of Women’s Suffrage celebrated with new arts fund

Closing date: 15th February 2019
Fund: Up to $20,000

Women’s suffrage in New Zealand is being celebrated by a new arts fund opening on the 125th anniversary of the first national election in which New Zealand women voted – the election of 28 November 1893.

The Suffrage 125 Fund will support high quality arts projects recognising the contribution to women’s rights by women from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Projects must focus on women from diverse cultural backgrounds who have helped advance women's rights.

Find out more

OPPORTUNITY: Submissions Open for 2019's NZ Art Show

Event date: Queen’s Birthday Weekend, May 31 to June 3, 2019

Christmas Special Applications now open!

  • Artists who apply from December 4 to the end of December will receive two complimentary show day tickets.
  • Artists who apply from December 4 to December 15 will go in the draw to win one of  five double passes to the movie At Eternity’s Gate, a portrait of artistic genius Vincent Van Gogh

Heading into its 16th year, the NZ Art Show continues its reign of success: over 10,000 attendees each year cements the show as New Zealand’s number one show of its kind. The show generates more than $1 million dollars in art sales each year and the artists receive three-quarters of that.

Year on year, we see a significant number of return visitors, collectors who are focused on finding exciting artists to add to their collections. Are you an exciting artist? Should you be added their collections?

The show is the best platform for you to showcase their art to thousands of people. And it’s popular with art buyers as nothing is priced more than $5,000, one of the show’s draw cards.

Find out more

OPPORTUNITY: New residencies offer Māori artists First Nation cultural exchange

Creative New Zealand, in partnership with Canada’s Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, is offering two new residencies for Māori artists to exchange their skills and knowledge with First Nation artists.

Creative New Zealand will support two Māori artists to attend The Indigenous Storyteller's Spoken-Word Residency (March 4 – March 23) and Mediumship – Making Art for Spirit (April 22 - May 17).

Part of Creative New Zealand’s Cultural & Artform Exchange programme, the residencies build on an existing relationship that has supported indigenous dance and writing residencies for Māori in Banff.

Find out more (and apply!)

UPSKILL: The Ultimate Guide to Instagram Analytics

Want to grow your Instagram account? Take a look at your Instagram analytics, and then take the time to really understand them.

Instagram analytics can help you target the right audience, post engaging content, get more views on stories, and so much more!

But learning all of the different Instagram metrics and terms, and how to use this data for growth, can be overwhelming.

In Later's Ultimate Guide to Instagram Analytics, they walk you through the ins and outs of your Instagram analytics, what each metric means, and how you can use this knowledge to build a winning content strategy.

Find out more

EVENT: The Affordable Art & Artisan Christmas Fair

When: 16th December, 11am - 3pm
Where: Black Sheep Bar & Grill, 21 Plummers Pt Rd, Whakamarama

Make sure you head along to the Affordable Art & Artisan Fair's first annual Christmas fair! Presented by ArtBOP and The Black Sheep Bar & Grill, there will be delicious food, live music, and an abundance of handmade creations - perfect for sorting out all that last minute Christmas shopping! 

Find out more

EVENT: Cultural Christmas at Our Place, Tauranga

When: 10am-4pm, 20th December
Where: Our Place, 91 Willow St, Tauranga

Come join Our Place Tauranga and Tauranga's Christmas in the Park for a cultural celebration of the most festive time of year, Christmas. This is an all day event that's free to the public! Our Place encourages everyone to come along and celebrate our rich culture during a special time of the year. With a line-up of talent and creative activities, it's a day within the heart of the CBD not to be missed. 

Find out more

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The Big Idea's 'Art Smarts' - Let's Talk About Your Online Presence

The Big Idea's Sam Grover shares some tips on how to build an effective online presence for your creative enterprises.

Read it here

Image credit: Joe McMenamin mural, 2018

READ ALL ABOUT IT: Local Arts & Culture Stories Making Headlines This Week

Christmas in Greerton Village - SunLive
Christmas in Greerton Village on Friday night was bursting with yodelling, singing and laughter as hundreds gathered in the school grounds at Greerton Village to enjoy an evening of music, food, hilarity and entertainment.
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Suffragist grandmother honoured in new book - SunLive
To mark 125 years since New Zealand women won the vote, award-winning Tauranga author Debbie McCauley has released a non-fiction bilingual children’s book on her suffragist ancestor.
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Family-friendly events to bring in the New Year - SunLive
Local authorities have made the pledge to work together, to ensure a safe environment for Tauranga’s residents and visitors this New Year’s Eve.
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From Tinseltown to Tauranga: New director appointed for art gallery - BOP Times
Alice Hutchison has been appointed the new director of the Tauranga Art Gallery.
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The men bringing megastars to Tauranga - NZ Herald
When Bay Dreams first came to Tauranga in 2017, organisers Pato Alvarez, Mitch Lowe and Toby Burrows said the event would become the Coachella of New Zealand.
Read article

EVENTS: So many events coming up. See For Yourself...

WORKSHOPS: No more excuses. The opportunities are there. Grab them!

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