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Tuesday, 07 May 2019 11:25

C-U-S-P Newsletter 8 May 2019

He hono tangata e kore e motu, ka pā he taura waka e motu.

Unlike a canoe rope, a human bond cannot be severed.

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

What we're loving this week: Alex McLeod's 'School of Sushi Soy Sauces' Cabinet Art (18th Ave)

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

FUNDING: WBOP Community Matching Fund

Applications close 29 May 2019

The Community Matching Fund is available to Western Bay Community Groups. The 2019 Community Matching Fund applications open 29 April and close 29 May 2019.
Council makes up to $140,000 available for community and environmental projects that make a positive difference in the District.

The matching fund initiative was established to support projects led by not-for-profit community groups working for the benefit of their communities.
Council recognises that these groups contribute numerous resources to projects and seeks to "match" the dollar value of this community effort with a grant.

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OPPORTUNITY: Call for nominations to Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards 2019

Nominations close at 5pm on Monday 20 May 2019

Do you want to see an outstanding disabled artist recognised? How about an inclusive project celebrating community arts or a leader providing access to the arts for people in New Zealand? Nominations to this year’s Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards, presented annually by Arts Access Aotearoa, close on Monday 20 May 2019.

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OPPORTUNITY: Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize 2019

Entries close 12pm, Friday 26 July 2019

Hachette New Zealand is delighted to launch the Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize. Margaret Mahy’s books have entertained and enthralled generations of NZ readers and this prize offers the unique opportunity for an unpublished New Zealand-based illustrator to illustrate Mahy’s 1971 classic, The Boy with Two Shadows.

Illustrators are invited to interpret this iconic story of a witch asking a young boy to mind her shadow while she goes on holiday. Think as creatively as possible, for example, The Boy with Two Shadows could be The Girl with Two Shadows or the setting could move to the future or to a mythical land.

Working closely with the Margaret Mahy Estate, Hachette NZ will award a $1000 cash prize, a $500 library of books and the opportunity for this project to be developed into a published picture book. The Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize is part of a year long celebration marking the 50th anniversary of A Lion in the Meadow.

Find out more (and enter!)

OPPORTUNITY: Adam Portraiture Award 2020

Entries for the 2020 Award will open May 2019 and close 4pm, 6 December 2019

The Adam Portraiture Award is New Zealand’s most prestigious portraiture competition which boasts a major cash prize of $20,000 and attracts national recognition. The award is generously sponsored by the Adam Foundation and is one of the country’s longest running art prize. Entries open this month, so keep an eye out for more details soon!

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OPPORTUNITY: Call for Entries - Pottery Show

Pottery Show: October 25, 26, 27, 28 - 2019

The Clear As Mud Pottery Show’s aim is to promote potters from throughout New Zealand, attract visitors to Waihi and further showcase the visual arts in the area. All proceeds from the sale of the artwork will go back to the artist. All levels of potters will be included from novice to professional.

Clear As Mud will be held at the Waihi Art Center & Museum, 54 Kenny Street, Waihi October 25-28th, 2019. Submissions are invited from emerging and established ceramic artists. Delivery and pick-up of all work is encouraged but arrangements can be made for shipment at the artists expense.

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OPPORTUNITY: NZSA CompleteMS Manuscript Assessment Programme

Applications for 2019 programme open 1 March
The aim of the programme is to provide writers with that essential critical feedback on an advanced work, moving it closer to publication. Manuscripts should be at 2nd or 3rd draft and can be poetry, fiction, short fiction or non-fiction; the emphasis is on a completed work that the writer feels requires the objective view of an experienced assessor who can provide constructive critiquing and suggestions for improvement and refinement. 
“If any writer is harbouring doubts about where to take his/her manuscript, the CompleteMS programme provides a handy compass.”


Nominations close at midnight on Wednesday 15 May 2019

The New Zealand Youth Awards 2019 are designed to recognise and celebrate the passion, success and commitment of rangatahi (aged 12 to 24 years), who are leading change, innovating and creating solutions throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. Do you know an outstanding young person aged 12 to 24 years? Nominate them for a New Zealand Youth Award now!

This year there are seven categories to nominate outstanding young people. They are:

  • Te Manukura - Leadership Award
  • Te Raukura - Inclusion Award
  • Taiao - Commitment to the Environment Award
  • Mahi Tahi - Collective Award
  • Auaha - Innovation Award
  • Tūao - Volunteer Award
  • The Prime Minister's Exemplar Award

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OPPORTUNITY: Youth Week - Design a Phone Wallet!

Design a phone wallet and your creation could be manufactured and sold in the BOP!

Email for criteria and an entry form


OPPORTUNITY: Screenrights Cultural Fund

Applications close 5pm AEST Friday 17 May | Apply for up to $50,000

The Screenrights Cultural Fund makes a difference by supporting people with exciting and innovative new initiatives that foster the creation and appreciation of screen content in Australia and New Zealand.

For the second year of the Screenrights Cultural Fund, the organisation continues their focus on the connection between education and screen content. Screenrights are looking for initiatives that embrace this theme, particularly those where other sources of funding are not available. They highly value projects that can have a positive impact on increasing diversity in relevant sectors – this might be about access; it might be about career development; it might be about use of media in education settings; or perhaps about mentoring to increase diversity of content, use, or access.

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WORKSHOP: Fusion Studios - Dance, Drama, Singing (Te Puke)

"In the beginning of 2017, some passionate arts-cultured teenagers formed The Charitable Stage Company. We created a show, staged the show and did it again. After doing this for 2 years, we now have decided that it is part of our mission to educate and develop the next generation of performers. We offer classes at low cost classes for people aged 5 to 17 years in dance, drama and singing. Our mission is that everyone should be blessed with the power to tell their story through the arts.

We also offer a scholarship program for students who cannot afford classes to participate. This program has 20 spots a year." 

For more information and to apply for this program please email: / 027 575 001

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UP-SKILL: 51 Social Media Ad Copy Templates to Sell Out Your Event

To stand out in an event-goer’s Facebook or Instagram feed, your event ads need to be concise and compelling. You need to build the story of your event — all in one snappy sentence and an eye-catching image. 

But when you’re hosting multiple events a month, you don’t have time to start from scratch. Instead, use these 51 social media ad copy templates written by the experts at ToneDen, an automated social marketing platform for events, to drive sales. Just fill in the blanks with your event details, match the copy to the most effective visual, and start selling.

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NEWS: Something to look forward to at the Atrium Gallery...

NEWS: Tauranga City Facility Survey

As you are all aware, Tauranga City is experiencing significant growth.  As the City grows we need to consider and understand the increasing pressures on and future needs for aquatic, community centres, libraries and indoor court facilities across the City network, including Western Bay of Plenty.

To achieve this, Council has commissioned external advisors to undertake an independent citywide investigation and needs analysis of these facility types. This will inform strategic decision-making, planning and investment into our facilities into the future.

As part of this study the consultants need to hear from the community around current facility use, what you use them for, any constraints etc so they have developed a survey for the community to answer.

Click here for the survey, and more info

[Photo: Dan Van Nistelrooy]

FUNDING: Bay Trust Community Amenities Fund

The 2019 Community Amenities Fund opens on 1 May for invited Expressions of Interest, closing 31 May. This is for applications between $100,000 and $500,000 with $1.25m of funding available across the Bay of Plenty.

This fund supports capital projects that will facilitate and enable the delivery of new, or the expansion and/or preservation of existing Community and Environmental assets that align with BayTrust’s Outcomes and Attributes.

Find out more

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

Anything goes at Atrium Gallery - SunLive
I phoned Birgitt Shannon earlier this week to see what she was hanging in the Atrium Gallery’s next exhibition. Titled ‘Anything Goes’, the exhibition is running from May 1-25, and will feature a variety of work from more than 20 artists.
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Doreen McNeill celebrates 90th with exhibition - SunLive
Doreen McNeill opened her latest exhibition called XCbition on the same day as her 90th birthday.
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Art gets to heart of community - Katikati Advertiser
New Zealand's largest rural art collection, which tells the stories of provincial communities, is set to swell by one giant new painting.
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Budding actors lap up holiday sessions - Te Puke Times
Treading the boards was the way some Te Puke spent part of their school holidays.
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Giant new painting reflects Tauranga's rich horticulture history - NZ Herald
New Zealand's largest rural art collection that tells the stories of provincial communities has a giant new painting.
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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