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Monday, 29 April 2019 12:29

C-U-S-P Newsletter 1 May 2019

Mā mua ka kite a muri, mā muri ka ora a mua.

Those who lead give sight to follow; those who follow give life to those who lead.

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

What we're loving this week: Tauranga Musical Theatre's new show 'Spring Awakening' - get to it!

We are here for you! A reminder...

As many of you know, Creative BOP now resides at The Kollective, a wonderful co-working space on 17th Ave next door to the Historic Village

We are always eager to meet with our sector - and making an appointment enables us to assist you with the right resources. We are also happy to come to you!

Or phone us on 07 928 5270

Kia ora to that! 

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. We thoroughly recommend that you speak with Lena prior to submitting your project funding application. This will save you time and energy later in the application process.

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 an application form click here.

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

OPPORTUNITY: Tauranga Community Development Match Fund

The Community Development Match Fund is about helping groups deliver new initiatives that foster strong, innovative and vibrant communities, by contributing 50% of the project costs up to $10,000.

There are two different size grants you can apply for – small (up to $1,000) or medium (up to $10,000). Small grants can be applied for at any time. You will be notified if your application is successful within three weeks.

Find out more

OPPORTUNITY: Katikati Festival of Cultures Needs YOU!

Festival date: 29 June 2019, 10am - 2pm

Are you an established food truck? Community group? Performer?
The festival need participants in their Food Market, Performances and Street Parade - see poster below for further details, and contact 

Check out the event here

OPPORTUNITY: Trustpower/Tauranga Society of Artists Art Expo & Supreme Art Award

Closing date: Friday 31 May
Art expo: 19 - 23 June 


Artists can enter up to 5 pieces in total. One of your 5 entries may be entered in the TSA/TrustPower Supreme Art Award.

Entry forms available in the Art Room's foyer (Tauranga Society of Artists - 171a Elizabeth St) from 6 May onwards.

Find out more

WORKSHOP: How To Make Your Organisation A Volunteer Magnet

Wednesday 8 May, 8:30am-12:30pm 
Registrations close TODAY Wednesday 1 May, 4pm

Register here!

WORKSHOP: New from Syd Workshops!

Embroidery, wire jewelry and flower pressing are just some of the unique skills you can learn by attending a Syd Workshop at the fabulous Our Place, Tauranga.

Check them out here

WORKSHOP: Tauranga Musical Theatre - Youth Development Program!

Fridays: Tweens (ages 10-13) 4pm-5pm / Teens (ages 14-17) 5pm-6pm

Are you aged 10 -17 years and want to expand your musical theatre skills? Join Tauranga Musical Theatre youth programme now! 
Their musical theatre youth classes are starting again for Term 2 - check out the poster below for details & get in touch with for more info

WORKSHOP: Atrium Gallery - Upcoming Workshops!

Atrium Gallery: 21 Plummers Pt Rd, Whakamarama

  • Papier-mâché Hot Air Balloon (2-part): 15 & 22 May, 11am-12pm | $30/pp 
    Ages 10+. Natalie Foster will share how to up-cycle old books into beautiful papier-mâché hot-air balloons.
  • Chainmaille Bracelet: 15 May, 6pm-8pm $25/pp
    Ages 13+. Deb Bowden will lead you through this creative process. Come and make your own Byzantine Flower bracelet using silver and coloured aluminium rings. Learn a beginner's weave and start experiencing this ancient craft for yourself.
  • Story Time: Every Thursday in May, 6pm-6:30pm FREE
    Natalie Foster studied English Literature and was an English tutor to people of many ages ranging from 5 to 22 years. She has loved reading and writing since she was about 5 and is in the process of editing her debut novel.
  • Inaugural Stitch 'n' Bitch: 22 May, 6:30pm-8:30pm FREE
    Bring some change for a coffee/wine from the restaurant. If you're a beginner please bring needles or a crochet hook and some fibre. There will be some available for purchase. Before the slang term "Stitch 'n Bitch" was used, groups of women in the 1940s would join to knit and talk in organized Stitch and Bitch clubs. The groups today are mainly women who meet to knit, crochet, stitch, craft and talk. It is universally accepted that conversation in the meeting stays within the meeting. Knit, crochet, craft ... whether you want to learn to knit or crochet, just want a break from the everyday evening and would like to meet new women with common interests, or perhaps want to explore/access new patterns or solve knitting, crochet or crafting problems, this is a chance to meet new neighbours and enjoy conversations. Any queries: email - 

Please note: all workshops at the Atrium Gallery must be prepaid. Contact the gallery by email: for payment details.

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

I've just come across Song Exploder, although I think I'm late to the game.
Its bite-sized episodes are perfect for a quick creative refresher when you need it. I absolutely love the concept: musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. Musicians featured range from Fleetwood Mac to Lorde to Old Crow Medicine Show to Fleet Foxes. I'm yet to meet anyone who isn't at least mildly fascinated by the meanings behind their favourite songs - here's your chance to discover it all!

Listen here

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

Hollywood execs visit BOP - SunLive
The Bay of Plenty has a large variety of stunning movie locations, and thanks to Bay of Plenty Film, Hollywood film studios are quickly learning it too.
Read article

Well-travelled songstress to play in the Bay - SunLive
From the bush clad hills of the wild west of Auckland come Catherine Tunks -with her Bona Fide Band – a well travelled songstress with her raggle taggle gang of talented musician boys that pack a punch alongside her sassy & original style.
Read article

The road that wasn’t there - SunLive
In New Zealand there are some 56,000 kilometres of paper roads – streets and towns that exist only on surveyors’ maps. Or do they? Ralph McCubbin Howell has written a deliciously dark fairy-tale called ‘The Road That Wasn’t There’, and will be bringing it alive on May 4 at Baycourt’s X-Space through puppetry, shadow play and music.
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Capturing landscapes - Katikati Advertiser
Breathtaking landscapes are a feature of talented artist Jacquie Ellis, who is holding a solo exhibition in The Arts Junction in Katikati.
Read article

Singers' touch of the Irish - Katikati Advertiser
Katikati's Mural Town Singers travel back to its Irish settlement roots in its next major concert - A Touch Of Irish.
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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