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Wednesday, 05 June 2019 10:13

C-U-S-P Newsletter 5 June 2019

Titiro whakamuri, kokiri whakamua.

Look back and reflect, in order to move forward.

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

What we're loving this week: The two vibrant new murals at the Hillier Centre, courtesy of the brilliant artist Nik Williams (with funding by the Creative Communities Scheme).

PAINT MY PORTRAIT! We need your photo submissions

The votes are in - congratulations, Michelle Estall Art, who received the most votes and is our winning artist!

Now, we just need the subject that Michelle will capture - we've teamed up with The Breeze Tauranga 95.8FM to give you the chance to send through a photo of a special person in your life whose portrait you'd like painted! The winner will get a portrait to keep forever of their special person, painted by Michelle Estall!

Please note: images need to be clear and of high-resolution.

Click here to send through your photo - submissions close Sunday 16 June.

MATARIKI 2019: Your Creative Guide!

There is a plethora of activities happening in the Bay this year for Matariki. We've made it easy for you to find your dose of creativity - read our guide to find all things creative this Matariki!

Read it here

FUNDING: Music Helps Grants

Support for organisations who use the power of music to help and heal around New Zealand.

MusicHelps Grants is the way MusicHelps partners with people and projects that use the magic of music to change the lives of people in need in Aotearoa.

The charity develops and supports a wide range of programmes that use music to help people who are at risk, vulnerable and experiencing health issues. The charity has made projects impacting over 60,000 people possible at youth organisations, hospices, schools, medical charities, rehabilitation centres and more all over New Zealand.

Find out if you are eligible to apply here.

Find out about the application process and deadlines here.

OPPORTUNITY: Wild Creations - Artist/DOC Programme

**Applications open 5 June 2019**

DOC and Creative New Zealand have confirmed the continuation of the Wild Creations programme in 2019. The programme gives artists the chance to experience New Zealand’s unique nature, through a variety of conservation experiences on offer. 

Find out more

OPPORTUNITY: Rotorua Museum Art Awards 2019: Call for entries

**Entries close Monday 30 September, 5pm

Entries are invited from artists, in any art or craft medium including digital/moving image, who currently reside, work or study in the Bay of Plenty, and those students who study away from their Bay of Plenty home base.

Prizes include:

- Rotorua Museum Supreme Award @ $10,000
- Friends of Rotorua Museum Emerging Artist @ $1,000
- Toi Ohomai Innovation in Art Award @ $1,000
- Lockwood Youth Award @ $1,000 (artists 18 years and under)
- More FM People’s Choice Awards @ 2x $500 (in the gallery and on Facebook)

Find out more

OPPORTUNITY: Waihi Beach Wearable Arts!

** Entries close 11 August 2019 **

Waihi Beach Wearable Arts & Arty Bra Show is now accepting applications!  There are 3 new categories - Kiwi As/Aotearoa, Recycled and Steampunk for the wearable arts section, plus the Arty Bras as previous years. This time around the organisers have brought in some amazing people to lift this event and make it something remarkable. Watch the Facebook page to find out more, and to download an application form. 

The event is on Saturday Aug 31. 

OPPORTUNITY: Call for Auditions - Opus Orchestra

** Auditions will be held in Hamilton on the weekend of 13th – 14th July 2019 **

Opus Orchestra is a professional chamber orchestra based in the Waikato. Currently Opus performs 3-4 timess each year and is the preferred orchestra for collaborations with other organisations in the region. They are now inviting talented musicians of at least LTCL (or equivalent standard) to apply to audition for Opus. They also welcome expressions of interest from musicians who already play for other professional orchestras and who may also wish to play for Opus.

Find out more

OPPORTUNITY: Bay of Plenty Film

"Here at Bay of Plenty Film we are keen to keep our film community growing so if you know people looking for work (they don't need to have experience in the film industry to be a runner or a PA - they just need to be available & have the right attitude!) then get them to touch base with us or register for free on our directory!"

- BOP Film

WORKSHOP: Articulating Your Vision & Mission - Governance with Exult

Exult - Helping Non-Profits Grow have a great governance workshop coming up: Articulating Your Vision & Mission

Does your organisation struggle to explain its ‘why’ in simple language? Do people listen to your vision but still don’t understand what you are all about?

Register for the workshop now! BOP Non-profit organisations pay just $30 thanks to a subsidy from Bay Trust! 

Find out more

WORKSHOP: Children's July Holiday Art Workshop!

With artist Lynne Sinclair Taylor!

The children will have fun while learning about colour and techniques with different mediums over the two-day programme.

  • All art supplies provided
  • Limited numbers
  • Optional warm swim at end of class each day.

Who for: Ages 7-12
When: Thursday 18th and/or Friday 19th July | 10am to 3.30pm
Cost: $65 for one day or $120 for two days
Where: Lynne’s home studio: 15 Hartwell Place, Matua, Tauranga
To enrol: Contact Lynne on 021 121 9864 or

See Lynne's work on her website at

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Creativity > fear - How New Zealand's mental health problem is affecting the creative industries

Elly Strang (The Big Idea) looks at the scale of the mental health problem in New Zealand's creative industries.

Read it here

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

Large prize pool for art competition - SunLive
Rotorua Museum has announced the return of the biennial Art Awards for 2019 and is calling on all Bay of Plenty artists to enter.
Read article

Duo Col Legno impress at Tauranga Musica - SunLive
A fascinated audience were suitably intrigued when Duo Col Legno teamed up to celebrate a sense of place at Pyes Pa Auditorium.
Read article

Gold award for Katikati's band - Katikati Advertiser
The Katikati Combined Band earned a gold award, plus the special Adjudicator’s prize for their recent performance at the Matamata Festival of Music.
Read article

A colourful festival of cultures - Katikati Advertiser
Katikati's first Festival of Cultures next month is gearing up, with excitement mounting among the ethnic communities as more and more people are becoming involved.
Read article

French artist's work - Katikati Advertiser
Discover the flare of French artist Audrey Dubois, who is exhibiting her work for the first time in New Zealand in Katikati.
Read article

Shakti women's group are accessible - Te Puke Times
Shakti Ethnic Women's Support is to have a greater presence in Te Puke.
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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