KIA ORA, CREATIVES! Here's an important window update...

As of January 2019, Creative Bay Of Plenty will have moved into our sparkly new co-working space on 17th Ave, The Kollective (affectionately nicknamed 'TK'). This move will allow us to be better-resourced when assisting our creative community, and we're very excited about it. Consequently, our previous window exhibition space on Willow St will no longer be under our management - however, we are actively seeking opportunities to continue this form of exhibition space in the CBD in 2019. We will notify you, the creative community, as soon as a new exhibition space is arranged - in the meantime, we ask you to please continue submitting your interest to us by emailing 

WINDOW: ALEX MILN - NO VITAL SIGNS - 26 - 30 November 2018

As the pieces started to arrive we could see that this window display was going to be very special. I remember seeing Alex Milns work a couple of years ago as his work was a finalist in the Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Awards and so was very excited to be seeing his work again.

Alex currently lives in Papamoa where he works from his home studio. His pieces are the result of hundreds of hours of work and a technique which he has developed over many years. Winner of the Miles Supreme Art Award in 2016, Alex has been exhibiting his work and winning awards since 1983. 

Each piece is beautifully crafted with clever meaning. These works of art really do need to be seen first hand to be fully appreciated. They are in the CBOP window for one week only so if you in town, make sure you pop your head in for a look. 

Find out more about Alex Miln

WINDOW: Tauranga Woodcrafters Guild - 12 - 22 November 2018

You may remember last month our window was adorned with the woodwork of the Home School Students and ‘Family Works’ Thursday students who attend the Tauranga Woodcrafters Guild Inc. Today and for the next two weeks, the Creative Bay Of Plenty window is displaying the beautifully crafted works from the members of the Tauranga Woodcrafters Guild in preparation for their upcoming annual exhibition. The group are hobby woodworkers who enjoy sharing their love of wood and skills with one another and anyone who wants to learn. 

The club has been active since 1987 and has approximately 80 members of all ages and skill levels. Their purpose built workshop is well equipped with an array of woodworking machinery and hand tools. 

They have special interest groups covering skills of carving, cabinet-making, intarsia, marquetry, scrollsawing and woodturning. 

The group's annual exhibition is on from the 23 - 25 November at the Mount Sports Centre (Blake Park) and will showcase the groups finished work for the public to enjoy and purchase.

There will be trade stands by Timberly, Machinery and Powertools, Treeworkx and more, along with live demonstrations.

For more information on the group and their exhibition visit    

WINDOW: Hooray For Bayclay

We love our new window display which has been set up by the Bethlehem Pottery Club in anticipation of the upcoming Bayclay exhibition opening on Friday the 9th November at Baycourt. The craftsmanship of these pieces is exceptional and well worth a look. The Bethlehem Pottery Club meet formally on Tuesdays & Thursdays and their gallery and club rooms are located at 13 Bethlehem Road. 

On display at the exhibition will be the different works the clubs potters have created over the year along with guest exhibitor Petra Mayboden. 

Works are for sale at the exhibition, but you need to get in quick, we already have our eyes on some of the pieces in the window. 

EVENT: Bayclay Exhibition 2018 - 9th November - 11th November

When: Friday 9th November 10am - 4pm / Saturday 10th November 10am - 4pm & 6:30pm - 7:30pm / Sunday 11th November 10am - 3pm
Where: Baycourt Exhibition Hall - 38 Durham St, Tauranga

Find out more

WINDOW: Omokoroa Artists Group 15 October - 26 October

This springtime window theme is brought to you by the Omokoroa Artists.

The Omokoroa Artists Group have been active for 20 years. The members are artists of all levels and they very welcoming of new members joining. The group meets every Thursday 9am -1pm at the Omokora Settlers Hall.

They have an upcoming exhibition at Bob Owens Retirement Village running from Saturday the 10th to the 11th of November 10am to 3pm.

This is a talented group of artists each with their own unique styles. A sneak preview of their work will be on display in the Creative Bay Of Plenty window until the 26 October.

EVENT: Omokoroa Artists Group Exhibition

When: 10 - 11 November 2018 10am to 3pm 
Where: Bob Ownes Retirement Village, 112 Carmichael Road, Bethlehem

Artwork for sale, Free admission, refreshments available, tours available 

Find out more

WINDOW: Wooden Wonders by Woodcrafter Kids - 1 October - 12 October 

Our new window display is brought to you by the clever kids who attend the Tauranga Woodcrafters Guild Home School Students and ‘Family Works’ Thursday students.

Having attended one of the homeschool student sessions recently, I have been able to see first-hand the skills these students are learning thanks to the dedicated team and excellent facilities the Tauranga Woodcrafters Inc workshop have on offer.

Woodwork projects are completed by children attending the Guild's school programmes with the help of volunteer tutors using their dedicated workshop at 3 Cherokee Place, Mount Maunganui.

The Family Works Schools’ Woodcraft programme aims to introduce students to the simple tools and processes involved in the use of wood to create a meaningful and appropriate project. The students work one on one with a “Grandfather” (a retired member of the Tauranga Woodworkers Guild) whom they are assigned to work with for the entire project. This allows them to interact one on one with an elder.

The students are selected by an agency and are accompanied by a social worker to attend the workshop every Thursday for a term. Each session sees the students complete at least one project so that the students can experience the entire process through to completion in one session.

The team at the Guild are very friendly and welcoming and offer a range of activities aimed to teach woodworking skills to people of all skill levels.

For more information about the Guild and what they have to offer, visit their website.

WINDOW: Brightening up our day - Birgitt Shannon - 17 September - 28 September 2018

Spring has sprung and I feel Birgitt Shannon’s window display beautifully reflects the bright optimism this new season represents.

Hailing from the Mural town of Katikati, Birgitt is not only an accomplished artist but a correspondent for the local online magazine ARTbop ( and the event coordinator for the popular monthly Affordable Art & Artisan Fair.

Birgitt's work has been exhibited and sold around New Zealand and Australia. She also has a piece hanging in the research centre of the Museum of Natural History, Los Angeles.  Earlier this year Birgitt was runner-up in the Trustpower / Tauranga Society Of Artists Supreme Art Awards.

For more information on Birgitt Shannon and where you can see more of her work visit her website

Instagram: @artbybirgitt

WINDOW: Each Stich Is A Little Piece Of Love - 3 September - 14 September 2018

Thank you to the Papamoa Patches Group for adorning the Creative BOP front window with colour and flare. The beautiful handmade soft furnishings are works of art.

Papamoa Patches meet on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at the Arataki Community Centre, Zambuk Way, Mount Maunganui from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm. There are currently 68 members ranging in all levels of experience and ‘talent’ says President of the group Mary-Rose Russell.

Mary- Rose describes the Patchers as a group with heart, a group that cares for and supports their members, and makes learning quilting and patching accessible and fun.

They enjoy pushing the boundaries by setting each other challenges which require them to learn new techniques. This, in turn, creates work which continues to evolve.

This year their theme has revolved around thrifting and recycling. It is especially poignant as it supports the Suffrage 125 celebrations and reminds us of how women back in those days used to use material from where ever they could find, to make their quilts. “They had to make do”, said Mary- Rose.

Many of the quilts and soft furnishings the Patches make go to charity. Currently, they are going to Women’s Refuge. They have also donated their work to Habitat for Humanity and Kids Need Dads to name a few. “Each stitch is a little piece of love that goes in,” says Mary-Rose.

Papamoa Patches are holding an exhibition and event on Saturday, September 15 at 10 AM – 4 PM at Mt Maunganui Bridge Club, Golf Road, Mt Maunganui. Called “A celebration of patchwork, quilting and stitchcraft” the event will have working exhibits showing a variety of techniques. There will be something for everyone.

Find out more about their event

Find out more about the Papamoa Patches 

WINDOW: Painter Of Gold: Lynne Sinclair Taylor - 20 August - 31 August 2018

Lynne is an accomplished, award-winning artist with five first prizes to her credit. She moved from Hamilton to Tauranga in 2015 and paints from her home studio in Matua. 

She has expressed herself in many different styles over her painting career, especially with the use of vibrant colour. More recently Lynne is enjoying adding gold to enhance her works giving that extra glow and luminosity. 

Having tutored adults and children over many years, Lynne currently holds weekly classes in her home studio. Occasionally she runs prophetic art workshops where her students paint from the heart. She has also painted live at conferences and church services. 

Her works are available as high-quality prints and for hire. She is also available to talk to groups about her paintings and her life. Her studio is open by appointment. 

You can find out more about Lynne and see more of her work on her website and social media pages: 



WINDOW: Exhibit by Shannon Wright 6 - 17 August 2018

We have an incredibly talented local artist exhibiting their work in our front window at the moment. One word to describe it....EPIC! The artist is Shannon Wright aka @shantastikarts. A mixed media artist, Shannon is also a professional photographer and street artist. His work is attracting a lot of attention outside with a piece selling before the display had been fully set up.

Shannon has been painting and drawing from a young age with self-development in photography, graphic design, portraiture, panoramic landscapes and street art. He has also studied Maori Art and classical animation.

You can see more of his work on his website or stop by and see it for yourself. 

WINDOW: The Colour Of Sand – Exhibit by Karla Mohi 23 July – 3 August 2018

A simply stunning window exhibition adorns the Creative Bay Of Plenty’s front window for the next two weeks. It has passers-by stopping in their tracks and taking it all in. This exhibit is by Multi Media Artist Karla Mohi.

Karla’s works are incredibly unique in that they are made using sand which she has collected from around the country. Her fascination with sand came about as a child growing up in a small village near Lake Taupo. It amazed her how the black iron sand reflected the night sky.

This fascination inspired her to start her own sand collection and with a lot of experimentation, she found a way of preserving these sands into a piece of art that can last forever.

She has over 60 different sands collected throughout NZ.

Karla's work is available for sale and can be contacted through her Facebook page. If you are in town, make sure you come by Creative Bay Of Plenty to see her beautiful work up close.

Tauranga Creative Fibre - 9 July - 20 July 2018

A warm and vibrant display adorns the Creative Bay Of Plenty HQ window for the next 2 weeks thanks to Tauranga Creative Fibre. Warm knits, yarn bombed spinning wheel (which we have fallen in love with), felted accessories and colourful decorations make up their window exhibition. Tauranga Creative Fibre is a group who enjoys working with fibre. They spin, weave, knit, crochet, felt, dye as well as learn all types of craft that can be used with fibre, such as kimihimo, entrelac, nalbinding. 

Coming up on the 27th, 28th and 29th of July is the groups bi-annual exhibition. 

Over the last two years, members have been busy creating items for the show. 

They will be exhibiting a collection of handspun, hand-dyed, knitted, crocheted, felted and woven items using methods and materials in ways they love and new ways they have experimented with.

The exhibition will also have:

  • Demonstrations and interactive educational activities for visitors to try
  • Great raffle prizes, sponsored by some of our favourite stores in Tauranga and further afield
  • Plus over 20 traders of yarn, roving, untreated fleece, carded or dyed wool, spinning wheels and other equipment and fibres
  • Members items for sale, with funds often used to launch new creative projects
  • 'Cash and carry table’ of smaller items. Visitors will find some neat items here to take home
  • A café on site for hot drinks and food
  • And information on how to join the club
  • …so lots of treats for all who come by over the three days

Find out more about Tauranga Creative Fibre 

Alicia Beech - 25 June - 6 July 2018

Putting yourself out there – My Instagram Story 

My name is Alicia and I am the Marketing and Communications Amplifier for Creative Bay Of Plenty. I am also a visual artist who started out painting just a few years ago. It was with Creative Tauranga that I did my first exhibition which saw two of my paintings sell. This gave me the confidence to keep going and put myself out there. This is where Instagram comes in.

I started out by documenting my painting progress and following other artists that inspired me. I loved how different creatives told their story and were able express themselves through the platform.

Purely incidentally I engaged with the other artists. If I liked something, I would tell them, offer encouragement and positive affirmations. I found coincidentally, that the more I engaged, the more people followed and engaged with me and my work. It was not long after starting my page that I sold my first piece through Instagram to a fellow artist in Auckland.

That was it, I was hooked! At that time my painting style was still developing, I was practicing new techniques, playing with colours and getting constructive ‘feedback’ from friends. I also found it interesting how people reacted to the work I put up on Instagram.

Some of my paintings I thought were no good, followers loved, and it encouraged me to get bolder, loosen up and let go. The bolder I got the more paintings I sold.

Thanks to Instagram, I have sold paintings to collectors around the world and been approached by galleries in New Zealand, America, France, Australia and England.

I wont lie, Instagram is time consuming, but as a creative, it changed my life.

Now I want to help fellow creatives put themselves out there through Instagram. So, if you, or someone you know would like to sit down with me one and one and go through Instagram together, then please send me an email to or call me on 021 736 259 to arrange a time. I am available for Instagram consultations on Thursdays between 10:00am and 4:00pm at the Creative Bay Of Plenty HQ, 95 Willow Street, Downtown Tauranga. These consultations are free.

Michelle Estall - 11 June - 22 June 2018

It's new window exhibition time again and this week we are incredibly fortunate to have the work of Michelle Estall on display at CBOP HQ. We are in awe of her artwork.  

Michelle's recent work has been based around Maori themes and legends as Michelle explores her own Maori heritage.

As a Mum of two boys, Michelle also loves to create child friendly artwork using children's stories as a point of reference. 

Colourful Tikis, stunning prints and original artwork grace our window and are available for sale. Michelle's work can be found at Mac and Mor Art Gallery in Tauranga her Facebook and website. Commissioned paintings are also available on request. 

Find out more about local Tauranga Artist Michelle Estall 

Envirohub Sustainable Art Challenge 2018

This display is not only creative but thought provoking and inspiring. We have three pieces of wearable arts currently on display from last years Envirohub's Sustainable Arts Challenge. Exhibitors are Hope Gibbard from Mount Maunganui College and Hunter Ririnui from Tauranga Intermediate.

Hope Gibbard
Title-Matuku Moana (Heron) (yr8)
Medium-6000 Tea Bags, Feathers, Old t-shirt
Title- Pennata Draco (Feathered Dragon) (yr9)
Medium- Kiwi 360 Foam, Foil coffee Bags, Wire and pulleys

Bio- Hope likes to gather her materials first and then build her work from the ground up. She has a love for costuming and anything that creates the opportunity for her to put her imagination to work. Hope loves to have fun building new creations and looks forward to the day that she is old enough to be able to enter the World of Wearable Art (WOW) international competition in Wellington.

Hunter Ririnui
Title- Plastic fantastic (yr 8 Tauranga Intermediate)
Medium- 450 Plastic bags

Bio- Hunter learnt to crochet from her grandma and Youtube. After seeing an elderly woman with a crocheted plastic bag to carry her flippers at swimming she decided to design her outfit around this. She had to use trial and error, sometimes having to pull it apart and start again but eventually completed the design she wanted. She has always been very crafty and is looking forward to entering this year.

Find out more about the upcoming Sustainable Art Awards Show

WINDOW: Theo Spargo 14 May 2018 - 25 May 2018

Introducing Theo Spargo. An inspirational young Bay Of Plenty creative. An entrepreneur, a free spirit, a talented artist.  

Whimsical illustrations and artwork that sparks the imagination. Brilliant greenery planted in eclectic pottery from yesteryear. This eye-catching window display has been attracting a lot of attention from passers-by, we’ve even spotted people taking videos of it.

To find out more about Theo and be inspire by his motivating story and creative business, visit his website and don’t forget to follow him on Instagram. It is beautiful. 

Window: William Bryce Rhodes - Pyrographer - 30 April - 11 May 2018

Mix a love for art, patience and a whole lot of talent and you get William Bryce Rhodes. William, also known as Bryce, is Creative Bay Of Plenty's newest front window exhibitor. Since putting up his display we have watched many passers-by stop in their tracks and admire his works. Expressive faces, moments caught in time, family, love, these are etched into wood each telling their own story.  

Pyrography is a technique of decorating wood or leather by burning a design on the surface with a heated metallic point. Bryce has been doing this for over 25 years. His talent was spotted by a former employer who took an interest in Bryce's' sketching and gifted him a poker tool.

On average Bryce could spend up to 100 hours on a piece. You can see this in the detail. The lines and the shading, light and dark etchings.

As well as pyrography, Bryce is a painter and illustrator. He especially enjoys children's book illustrations.

Bryce will be exhibiting with us from the 30th April to the 11th May 2018

Contact Bryce:
Phone: 0211764260 

‘Expose Yourself’ 

Are you an artist, creative or organisation involved in arts and culture, looking to exhibit your work or boost your profile? 

We are currently seeking submissions from local creatives who wish to exhibit their work, promote creative groups or creative organisations in our high profile front window.

The CBOP window space is a prime location on the street front of Willow Street, across the road from The Tauranga Art Gallery, next to the I-Site, in the Library Arcade. Situated in the heart of Tauranga with high volume of foot traffic, the space is an excellent opportunity to gain exposure and boost your profile.  

Window exhibitors will also be featured on our social media pages including Creative Bay Of Plenty’s Facebook page and Instagram page as well as a write up in our popular What’s On Newsletter.

No Cost – No Commission

The space is available for a 2 week period at no cost to the artist or organisaiton.  

CBOP does not take commission from work sold in the window. Enquiries regarding the artwork are directed back to the artist. CBOP does not sell on behalf.

A stellar window display

  • Visually appealing
  • Bold, simple but eye-catching
  • Make a statement
  • Project your personality
  • An effective and successful window display is one that stops people as they walk past and holds their attention

Must haves

  • Your contact details clearly displayed in the window
  • Name, phone number, website (if you have one, or social media links)
  • Price tag clearly displayed if work is available for sale
  • Artist statement
  • If it is for a an organisation, please provide contact details, online presence, also include any workshops or events you run, or where you exhibit or meet and how people might be able to join your group

The window space

The window space is 2m long by 1m deep.  You will need to provide your own staging equipment such as easels or tables to display the work. There is no power supplied to the window. (Please note- this spot does get a bit of sun during the morning!!)

Display Time

Displays run for 2 weeks. They are to be set up on a Monday and taken down on the Friday of the following week. A schedule will be provided with set up and pack down dates and times.

Expressions of Interest

If you are interested in having a display in our window please fill out the form (link below) and email it back to us.  We will asses your submission and let you know if the application is successful. 

Expression of Interest - Window Display Form

Once we agreed with the artist/group to have their art exhibited in our window, we invite you to come and view the window in person so that you can identify what you will need to set up the exhibit.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!