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Monday, 08 April 2019 12:47

C-U-S-P Newsletter 10 April 2019

E raka te maui, e raka te katau.

The right hand is adept, the left hand is skillful: the community can prosper using the skills of all its people.

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

We've had great feedback about our weekly whakatauki features (Maori proverbs) - if you have a whakatauki you think our readers should know, email them to!

WIN! Venture Centre Workshop: Starting Out in E-Commerce

Creative BOP have 2 tickets to give away to Venture Centre's valuable workshop 'Starting Out in E-Commerce'!

Find out more (and enter!)

What we're loving this week: Exhibition 'MegaWorld' - currently featuring at Tauranga Art Gallery

OPPORTUNITY: Artist Call-out! Exhibition at Atrium Gallery

Heads up, local creatives! The Atrium Gallery are calling out for artists for their first GROUP EXHIBITION - and anything goes!

Contact for an entry form

OPPORTUNITY: IHC Art Awards 2019 - Highlighting the talent and achievements of people with intellectual disabilities

Entries open 1 May 2019
Entries close 31 May 2019
Gala event 5 September 2019

The IHC Art Awards provides artists with an intellectual disability the opportunity to have their talent recognised, their voices heard and to sell their work. It highlights the talent and achievements of people with intellectual disabilities. 

The IHC Art Awards are open to all New Zealanders with an intellectual disability, aged 13 or over, regardless of whether they use IHC or IDEA services. Entry forms will be available on 1 May 2019.

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OPPORTUNITY: Parkin Drawing Prize 2019 - valued at $20,000

Entries close 4pm, 5 June 2019

Artists of all ages and abilities are encouraged to prepare for this year’s prestigious competition, which attracts a major cash prize of $20,000 and national recognition. From approximately 500 entries, a portfolio of around 80 works are chosen by a judging panel for the annual exhibition. In addition to the premier prize, another 10 highly commended prizes of $500 are awarded. Entries close at 4pm on 5 June 2019 and the winner will be announced on 5 August 2019 to coincide with a public exhibition showcasing all finalists’ works to be held at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts in Wellington. Entry forms and further information are available on the Parkin Drawing Prize website

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OPPORTUNITY: New Work to Asia Fund - Creative New Zealand 

Closing date 17 May 2019
Funds available: $125,000 for the May 2019 round
Artforms funded:

This fund supports the development of new, high-quality New Zealand work for presentation in targeted territories in Asia.

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Start-Up Kit Workshop - These workshops are designed to introduce you to globally recognised, best-practice tools in an interactive group setting

Meet-Ups, Weekend, Hacks & Jams - events where communities come together around a common purpose

  • Entrepreneurs Everywhere: Tauranga - a free monthly event, providing a space for anyone working on their business idea or established business to share experience, ask questions and network

  • Startup Weekend: TaurangaA fun, weekend event at which you get to form your own team of fellow participants and learn-by-doing how to launch a business, in 54 hours

...and much, much more!

WORKSHOP: Art Classes for Neuro-Diverse/Autistic Students (and anyone who wants to draw!)

Do you have a passion for drawing, but don't know where to start? Do you have a child on the Autism Spectrum who loves to draw but struggles in a class environment?

Kris Coburn from Inklings Art can help! Tutoring, at your place, at your pace, and according to your needs. Classes are also held at Elizabeth Street Community & Arts Centre in Tauranga, and Papamoa Sports and Recreation Centre in Papamoa.

Contact Kris / 0220395048 for further information, and check out the website here

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

This week's podcast comes recommended by Anya Fischer of @anyafischerart and @cleardesignstudio (we love Anya's fabric printing, check it out!) 

  • Magic Lessons with Elizabeth GilbertIf muses gave pep talks... it would sound something like this podcast. Listeners write in with short essays explaining some barrier keeping them from making whatever kind of art it is they’re into, and Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) calls on everyone from Ann Patchett to John Hodgman to give their perspective. Season 1, episode 12 featuring Brene Brown is a MUST.

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

Sonic Cinema - SunLive
Melanie Mills is orchestrating a novel way to get non movie-going kids in front of the big screen for the very first time.
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Breaking boundaries through art form - SunLive
Gary Baseman had his notebook open with his coloured pencils bundled together by a rubber band.
Read article

Vocal Chords to blast at Our Place - SunLive
Bay of Plenty’s Healthcare Workers’ Choir, Vocal Chords, are performing at Tauranga’s Our Place on Thursday, April 11.
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Tauranga Mayor opens National Youth Jazz Comp - SunLive
Tauranga City Mayor Greg Brownless officially opened the 2019 National Youth Jazz Competition this morning.
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Tauranga horror writer nominated for award - SunLive
On my way to meet New Zealand’s top horror writer, I wondered whether she lived in a house that was eerie, underworld or gothic.
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International film festival launching in April - SunLive
The Baycourt Community & Arts Centre and Bay of Plenty Film are delivering the International Youth Silent Film Festival New Zealand Nationals launching in April.
Read article

EVENTS: So many events coming up! See for yourself...

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

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