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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 09:07

C-U-S-P Newsletter 19 March 2019

Kia hora te marino, kia whakapapa pounamu te moana, hei huarahi mā tatou I te rangi nei. Aroha atu, aroha mai. Tātou i a tātou katoa.

May peace be widespread. May the sea be like green-stone, a pathway for all of us this day. Let us show respect for each other, for one another. Bind us all together.

Message from Meg: 

Kia ora creatives, 

On behalf of our team, we acknowledge the Christchurch, Western Bay of Plenty and nationwide Muslim community. Kia kaha. We stand with you. 

I do not have the words to articulate the impact of the attacks in Christchurch.  So I will share the words of others:

"We wish for every member of our communities to also feel safe. Safety means being free from the fear of violence. It also means being free from the fear of those sentiments of racism and hate that create a place where violence can flourish, and every single one of us has the power to change that." - Jacinda Ardern 

"... arts making. It gives us, as individuals and communities, the strength to imagine afresh, to see the world again as a place where hope might dwell. It gives us the possibility of connecting to others across time and space and beyond life itself. Through the arts as a nation we will remember, mourn, come together, rebuild who we are.  The arts will be the way we resist and claim back the spirit of who and what we might be as a nation." - Professor Peter O'Connor source 

Please, if you need to access further information:

  • You can access updates from the New Zealand Government here.
  • Police information about the event is available here.
  • Police have set up a phone number for members of the public with serious concerns about the safety and well-being of individuals or to report a missing person. The number is +64 3 353 4532.
  • Immigration NZ has information for affected family members here.
  • Visitors to New Zealand can self-register themselves on the Restoring Family Links (RFL) website so family and friends know that they are safe.
  • The Ministry of Education and Christchurch education providers are focused on ensuring all students affected have the support they need. Useful information about support available can be found on the Ministry of Education’s website home page here.
  • Visitors in New Zealand seeking to change their plans can utilise the i-SITE visitor information network for support and information. There are 80 i-SITEs around New Zealand and their locations can be found here. Our Tauranga i-site is on Willow Street in the CBD.

With kindness, 

General Manager
Creative Bay of Plenty

Kia ora, Creative Community! Welcome to your weekly dose of creative opportunities...

OPPORTUNITY: Creative Communities Scheme - Funding Applications Closing Friday!

Funding applications for the Creative Communities Scheme funding close THIS Friday 22nd March, 5pm

Need help with your application? Email our Funding Advisor Lena: 

If you have a creative idea that increases participation in the arts, supports diversity in the arts, or encourages young people to engage with the arts, apply for funding through the Creative Communities Scheme now!

Please note there are 2 funds available to apply for: one for Western Bay projects, and one for Tauranga projects.

If you're interested in applying, but you're not quite ready, there will be another round of funding in November this year.

Find out more

OPPORTUNITY: FMT Youth Sponsorship applications closing soon!

Applications close Friday 29th March 2019


$1,500.00 for the year – paid out in two installments – July and January

Applicants for this sponsorship must:

  • Be aged between 16 & 25 years old
  • Live within Bay of Plenty / Waikato regions
  • Be actively involved in a sport/music/art at national and/or international level

Find out more

OPPORTUNITY: Everybody Sings! New Community Choir

Register here now!

Auckland-based community choir organisation The Choir are thrilled to announce their brand new opening in Mt Maunganui - Everybody Sings! 

Registrations are open now, and the doors of the first session will be open on 1st May at Omanu Primary School. Come and join in the fun with CBOP's very own Rose as choral director (I'll be nice, I promise!). Your first session is FREE - so bring a friend, and come see what we're all about!

Discover your hidden talent - find your confidence - connect with your singing  community - nourish your wellness, mind and soul! 

Find out more

OPPORTUNITY: Playwrights b4 25 competition

Submissions close 1 April 2019

Playmarket is again searching for the best plays from young New Zealand writers. If you're under 25 and you have a new play, they'd love to read it!

Playwright are looking for writers under 25 who take risks and throw care to the wind, as well as those who write strong, conventional plays. Write about anything you like that matters to you in any way you like, for any kind of audience you like. There are absolutely no restrictions in style or content. Whether it's a full-length monologue or an epic for a cast of thousands, a comedy or a gritty urban tragedy, they're interested in what you have to say. 

Playwrights b4 25 has a proven track record of nurturing young writers to successful seasons of their work both in New Zealand and internationally – you could be next.

This competition is open to any New Zealand citizen/permanent resident aged 24 and under at time of application. 

Find out more

UP-SKILL: Workshops at The Incubator!

Check out these exciting opportunities to up-skill at The Incubator, Historic Village...

Photography Workshop - Unlocking Creativity
- Every Sunday from 24th March - 14th April
- Tutor: Kaye Davis - (NZ Creative Photographer of the Year 2011, 2013, 2014, 2018)
- Cost: $345.00

Nga Toi Maori - Art Workshop (March & April)
- Saturday 30th March, 10am-2pm
- Friday 26th April, 10am-2pm
- Tutor: Arohanoa Matthews - (awe-inspiring NZ Contemporary Maori Artist and Incubator resident tutor)
- Cost: $150.00 (per workshop)

More workshops from The Incubator

UP-SKILL: Glass Workshops! Kiln Carving, Fusing and Slumping

When: 3rd - 6th May 2019, Tauranga
Where: Jo Tricker Studio - Unit 5, Oak Lane, Judea Industrial Estate, Tauranga

Jo Tricker is a glassmaker who makes original, non-generic works of art out of glass.  She does not blow glass - Jo's works are handmade using kiln-forming and flame-working techniques and serve both functional and decorative purposes.  

In this workshop you will make two fused projects:  the first a fused and slumped plate using strips of sheet glass; the second a fused and textured bas relief or low relief panel.   

This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience and is limited to six people. The price stated is per person and the course fee covers all materials, use of equipment, kiln firing time and the delivery of your last project if you are unable to make the monday. Morning tea will also be provided. 

Find out more

GET ART SMART: This week's podcast recommendation...

This week's podcasts come recommended by Ana of The Station - Your Vinyl Destination (tune in on a Wednesday 2pm to hear Rose (CBOP) and Ana chat about creative opportunities in the Bay!)

  • And The Writer Is
    This is a great listen for anyone interested in song-writing or creative processes in general. Each week, Ross Golan sits down with an acclaimed songwriter to discover what goes on behind the closed doors in the music industry.
  • George Ezra & Friends
    Singer George Ezra interviews the greats in the music industry, from Sir Tom Jones to Kurt Vile to Elton John to Craig David. Musicians interviewing musicians: creative bliss.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: How to make working remotely, work for you

Sam Grover (The Big Idea) shares some smart advice on how to be productive and look after your well-being as a remote worker.

Read it here

COMMUNITY NEWS: 'Festival of Cultures' Community Meeting

Katikati is holding a Festival of Cultures on 29th June 2019, and invite YOU to get involved! Please attend the community meeting to find out more about this exciting event - they're looking for any cultural and community groups who would like to be a part of celebrating the different cultures which make Katikati a great place to live!

The meeting will be held from 6pm-7pm on Tuesday 26th March at the Katikati Memorial Hall Lounge. If you can make it, please email to register your interest to be involved and showcase your particular culture. Food and refreshments provided.

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

Glass half full for this artist - SunLive
It was a subtle change of language - a tweak of her words and the online audience she was targeting. It doubled Tauranga glass-maker Jo Tricker’s income in a year.
Read article

Artworks grace Whakatane Library - SunLive
Whakatane residents are invited to Te Koputu a te whanga a Toi – Whakatane Library and Exhibition Centre to hear about artist Kirstin Carlin’s work.
Read article

Andy Belcher: Legendary versatile photographer - SunLive
I was having a coffee at Grindz with Andy Belcher recently, and we browsed through his book of over 200 photographs.
Read article

Abstract and edgy at 90 - SunLive
Doreen McNeil doesn’t do parties – “I can’t stand them,” she admits.
Read article

International musicians to perform at folk club - Katikati Advertiser
Katikati Folk Club has had a great start to the year with two concerts already in March since moving to a new venue, the Junction Theatre, at the Arts Junction.
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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