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Tuesday, 23 April 2019 10:11

C-U-S-P Newsletter 24 April 2019

He aroha whakatō, he aroha puta mai.

If kindness is sown, then kindness you shall receive.

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

FUNDING: Tauranga Creative Communities Scheme Funding

The Tauranga City Creative Communities Scheme Fund is now open for project applications.

If you didn’t get your application in the last round, this is a great opportunity to submit your project. The funding is for projects that will take place between 1 June 2019 and 1 June 2020 within Tauranga.

For more information on the funding criteria and application form click here.

If you would like some advice, or if you have difficulty with any stage of your application contact Lena on

What we're loving this week: Shane Walker's new mural at The Barrio Brothers Tauranga

OPPORTUNITY: The Resource Wise Community Fund

Closes 2nd May 2019

Do you have an awesome idea for waste minimisation? The Resource Wise Community Fund could be just for you. Grants range from $1,500 to $20,000 from a pool of $50,000. 

Find out more

OPPORTUNITY: Creative Spaces Available at Soma Studios

The beautiful Soma Studios (Tauranga) have desk/studio spaces available that would suit designers, seamstresses, artists or small businesses who want to work in a creative, communal and productive environment. Soma has wooden floors, 9m of gallery wall space, fantastic warm natural light, and a kitchenette. You’ll be working alongside 4/5 other full-time creatives and your work will gain exposure via their website and social media as well as through events and workshops held at the studios.

Space is priced at $10 p/m2 per week (min. of 6m2). 

Visit Soma Studios or call Ali 0212830202 for more information.

OPPORTUNITY: Artist Call-Out! Dartboard Up-Cycling

Take this awesome opportunity into your creative hands, and turn an old dartboard into a work of art fit for an exhibition! See below...

WORKSHOP: Dynamics of Colour with Emma Prill

When: 8 - 9 June (full weekend)
Where: The Artery - Art Learning Space, Historic Village, 17th Ave, Tauranga

Join Emma for an experimental creative weekend of learn the methods she used in her recent installation Colourfield at the Tauranga Art Gallery. You'll explore texture, colour and form. Meet other like-minded people who enjoy exploring colours in a bright, sunny room at The Artery. You will be working with acrylic paint, gouache and pastels to create richly-coloured works that explore organic, abstract forms. Go wild and dabble in the wonderful world of colour using different combinations to create a small collection of finished works to take home or gift to special people in your life. Suitable for complete beginners or those with experience.

Find out more


18 - 26 May 2019

Youth Week is coming up next month! Keep an eye out for events happening in the Bay of Plenty region, and contact us with any events happening that you know of!

Additionally, you can email with any Youth Week events in Te Puke/WBOP region for inclusion in the Te Puke Community Newsletter.

Let's support our awesome youth!

COMMUNITY NEWS: Atrium Gallery - First Group Exhibition

The Atrium Gallery, Whakamarama, will be holding its first group exhibition featuring the work of local artists and a wide variety of mediums, styles and subject matter. The Bay of Plenty is home to many talented creatives and the Atrium Gallery is proud to be a locals-only venue. 

We at Creative BOP are thrilled to witness the Atrium Gallery's success, and are proud to support those that support local - may there be many more exhibitions to come!

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

  • The Organist/The Creative Independent - Transmissions: Ep. 9 'Give Everybody Everything: The Financial Life of Bernadette Mayer'
    If poetry makes nothing happen, it also makes very little in the way of income. Take the acclaimed poet Bernadette Mayer. Often aligned with the Language Poets, Mayer overcame entrenched sexism to establish herself as one of the most influential poets of her generation. At 73, she’s still producing work. And yet she only made about $17,000 last year. That’s hardly enough to live on, even after Mayer and her partner moved out of New York City. Tech moguls like Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk talk about Universal Basic Income as a fix for increasing automation. But could poetry — culturally necessary but essentially unmarketable — provide an even more compelling argument for UBI? Some minimal allowance might deliver poets like Mayer from financial ruin. What do the rest of us lose when poets can no longer afford to pursue their life’s work?

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Top tips on how to grow from your feedback!

Kathryn Burnett (The Big Idea) has some great advice on making yourself vulnerable, taking on strong opinions, blunt people and clumsy criticism. Here’s her top tips on how to learn from assessment feedback. 

Read it here

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

Vintage jazz parade kicks off downtown carnival - SunLive
The Downtown Tauranga Carnival launched on Easter Saturday with thousands of jazz lovers crowding into the Strand to enjoy an afternoon of sun and music.
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Enjoying more of the Easter moonlight - SunLive
On Easter Friday night, the moon above the Bay of Plenty provided a stunning display of golden luminescence. Kerri-Anne Fraser made use of the opportunity for some trick photography with her daughter Lexie Schollum (5) holding the moon in her hand.
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Good Vibes brings top NZ bands across the country - SunLive
After debuting to a great success this year as the warm-up party to the famed reggae festival in Tauranga, Good Vibes is hitting the road this winter.
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New art exhibition opens in Tauranga - SunLive
Mayor Greg Brownless opened the Finding Beauty Exhibition in Our Place on Monday April 15.
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Explore the magic of haiku in new anthology - Katikati Advertiser
Surveying the decade 2008-18, number eight wire is the newly published fourth New Zealand haiku anthology.
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Exhibition covers farming past - Katikati Advertiser
Western Bay Museum has had a busy month since the opening of its latest Out to Pasture - Early Farming Life in NZ exhibition, sponsored by a generous anonymous donor.
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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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