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Monday, 17 December 2018 11:16

What's On Newsletter 18 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.  

Meri Kirihimete from all of us at Creative Bay Of Plenty!

Ngā mihi, Bay Of Plenty, for a vibrant 2018 - let's take a look at the year that was!

From the CBOP archives...

  • What's On 1 May 2018 Newsletter: CCS Funding Presentations

    The evenings of the 23rd and 24th April saw our first round of Creative Communities Scheme funding presentations held at Creative Bay Of Plenty HQ. This round saw a record number of funding applications with a variety projects and events from across the arts sector. 

  • What's On 29 May 2018 Newsletter: How Engaged Are Bay Of Plenty Residents In the Arts? - Survey Findings Revealed

    On the 23 May, Meg Davis attended the Creative New Zealand seminar in Wellington to network and find out first hand what is happening in the New Zealand Arts sector. 

  • What's On 5 June 2018 Newsletter: Promoting Your Creative Work

    On Tuesday 29 May Creative Bay Of Plenty held the second of its ARTillery upskilling workshops for Creatives, with the focus on 'How To Promote Your Creative Work'. Participating creatives worked in a range of genres. From visual artist to illustrator, jewellery maker and author. Together we went through each of 'the 6 steps of a promotional plan'. "This workshop was totally empowering and transforming for artists" said Joanna Black a mixed media artist from Whakatane.

  • What's On Newsletter 31 July 2018: The first 'roundtable' meeting for the Arts & Culture strategy, and a Sector Update for our community

  • What's On Newsletter 18 September 2018: On Wednesday the 12th of September, we had the pleasure of hosting Heather Shotter, CEO of Palmerston North City Council (PNCC) for a thought leadership event, Putting Art at the Heart of your City. Heather was the first to kick off our broader speaker series, aligned with Toi Moana Arts & Culture Strategy, to connect our local community with those that have experienced similar trajectories, as well as upskill ourselves with the knowledge to move forward on our own path to a vibrant and creative region
  • Also from 18 September 2018: Love Our Laneways
    This week, we were treated to a flash-forward experiment to the future of our city. The Institute of Architects and the Groundswell Festival of Innovation connected with Creative Bay Of Plenty, and together, with sponsorship from Tauranga City Council, created Love Our Laneways. For three days, a little lane off Grey St was filled with creatives, filling the neighbourhood with sweet tunes, scents and sounds, and enticing people into the interactive space.

  • What's On Newsletter 2 October 2018: Isaac Crowe Wins Jann Medlicott Creative Arts Award

    This year the Jann Medlicott Creative Arts Awards attracted submissions from a wide range of creatives including dancers, singers and visual artists. 

    It was local Toi Ohomai Creative Industries student Isaac Crowe who took out the award which was presented on Thursday 27 September at the Acorn Foundation Award and Scholarship Presentation. 

  • What's On Newsletter 20 November 2018: CBOP Is On The Move

    We are pleased to announce that Creative Bay of Plenty is moving offices as of the 7th of December, heading just down the road to the new purpose-built co-working space, The Kollective, on 17th Ave.

Congratulations to all those who helped contribute to the Bay's fast-growing arts and culture sector - together, let's make 2019 our most creative year yet!

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: Listen Out on The Breeze for the Chorus Cabinet Announcements!

Tune in to The Breeze Tauranga 98.5FM this week and more to hear updates on the Chorus Cabinet project - submissions for this year's theme are open now! Message the Creative BOP Facebook page with your suggestions, and you could win $50 worth of Rialto movie tickets.

OPPORTUNITY: International Art Fair Fund

Closing date: 15th February 2019
Amount: 80% of booth fees - up to $10,000 for Australian fairs, and $20,000 for fairs elsewhere

Applications are open for Creative NZ's International Art Fair Fund, created to support New Zealand-based dealer galleries and craft/object designers and companies to participate in reputable international art fairs. The focus is on increasing the sale of New Zealand craft/object and visual artworks in offshore markets.

To apply, you must be a New Zealand–based dealer gallery that either:

  • has a track record of successfully presenting the work of New Zealand artists or designers at reputable art fairs


  • is a first-time art fair participant who can make a proposal based on sound research and budgeting.

Find out more

Image: Seattle Art Fair 2017

OPPORTUNITY: Toi Rangatahi Leadership Fund

Closing dates: 1st March 2019, 26th July 2019
Amount: Up to $10,000

This Creative NZ fund supports young people aged 15-25 to lead high quality arts projects by, with and for other young people with a focus on participation and/or access for young people from under represented communities.

To be eligible for Creative New Zealand funding:

  • your project or activities must directly benefit New Zealand arts, artists or practitioners.
  • you must have a track record of experience and success — this means you must have:
    • recognition from peers or experts
    • achieved a degree of critical or sales success
    • specialised training or practical experience.


  • if you don't have a track record of delivering arts projects, then you need to attach written support from a project sponsor to endorse you and the project outcomes. The project sponsor could be a mentor, associated arts organisation or marae/venue.

Find out more

OPPORTUNITY: Creatives Wanted - Good KIWI

Good KIWI aims to place a spotlight on those making a difference in Aotearoa. From individuals to charities to retailers giving back in some way.

The aim is use journalistic and videography skills to help raise awareness of good stuff happening in NZ. Creating a ripple of good news across the land. 

Currently a Facebook page which needs to grow its numbers we are rolling out a fancy website, Linked In page and Instagram feed and would love some help.

If you are wanting to get some exposure and be involved in a cool project, please get in touch. 

We'd love to hear from:

* Writers who can cover some pretty cool stories / Videographers who can make videos to support our posts. Again, some cool assignments / Video editors / Photographers / Social media experts who can help with scheduling of posts and particularly Instagram / Researchers who can seek out great content / Website builders / Advertising sales

We're based in Auckland but we'll be covering projects all over the country and due to the nature of the work these can largely be work-from-home roles. The extent of your involvement is up to you, all help appreciated.

Find out more

OPPORTUNITY: Tararua District Fellowship for Artists/Writers

Artists/writers working in any media and located in New Zealand or abroad are invited to apply for a three-week supported residency with New Zealand Pacific Studio. The 2019 Tararua Fellow will be in residence for three weeks from 5 April finishing on 26 April.

The purpose of this fellowship, sponsored by Tararua District Council, is to tell one or more of the stories of the Tararua District that is in the lower eastern side of the North Island.  The stories may be told in any genre e.g. writing, film, dance, art.  Engagement with the Tararua community is expected. This is the inaugural year of a three-year Tararua District Fellowship that coincides with the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the district council in 1989.  You can read more about the Council on  

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EXHIBITION: Get Fluxed - Presenting the Welding Art of Toi Ohomai Graduates

Exhibition closes: 22nd December 2018
Where: The Incubator, Historic Village

Sparks fly, heat emanates the air through a cacophony of sound as Toi-Ohomai’s ‘Welding for Art’ students work on their sculptural creations for ‘Get Fluxed’, a show of their works.

Now in its 4th year, this immensely popular course run by Nic Clegg Sculptor & Toi-Ohomai’s Bruce McQueen, culminates in a week-long exhibition at The Incubator, Historic Village from the 16th – 22nd December.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: How to get started

Writer's Block? Stuck for inspiration? Self-doubt? The Big Idea's Madeleine Dore shares some advice how to overcome these common roadblocks of creativity.

Read it here

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

When Ann becomes Elizabeth of Elmeslac - SunLive
Strike up the harp, the lute and the hammered dulcimer and take your partners for a Maltese bransle. Ann Dugmore will be holding her medieval dance classes for local serfs and peasants in preparation for the Time Travelling Makers Faire at Southey Field in Tauranga in the middle of January.
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Nature fights back in Bindings - SunLive
A new joint exhibition by Whakatane based artists Lea-Anne Sheather and Mandy Hague named Bindings, introduces audiences to what at first glance looks like a truly fantastical world, filled with curious beasts and shadowy landscapes.
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Jazz legacy lives on for Tauranga - SunLive
The National Jazz Festival continues its legacy of showcasing performances from some of the best jazz musicians from right here in Aotearoa and around the world with the launch of the 2019 National Jazz Festival programme on Thursday December 13 at Hotel Armitage.
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SoundBites: Lettuce Inn, Soaked Oats, Kath Bee & Anna van Riel - BOP Times
Next month Live Music at the Lettuce Inn returns to the Liberty Growers' hydroponic lettuce and herb farm in Katikati.
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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