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C-U-S-P Newsletter 12 June 2019

Ko te pae tawhiti whāia kia tata, ko te pae tata whakamāua kia tīna.

Seek the distant horizons, and cherish those (horizons) you attain.

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

What we're loving this week: 'Ruahine' - Michelle Estall's current exhibition at The Incubator for Matariki

WIN! ~ Rising Stars Concert ~

Bay of Plenty Symphonia present their upcoming concert: Rising Stars 2019, featuring 6 talented secondary-level musicians that have been selected from around the Bay of Plenty to perform a movement from their chosen concerto. They will be accompanied by the orchestra, conducted by Justus Rozemond.

The musicians will compete for the title of Rising Star 2019! Their performances will be judged by a panel of prestigious adjudicators.

We have a double-pass to give away to what will be a stunning night! Simply comment on this post and tag your fellow music-lover that you would take to the concert on 30 June.
Winners drawn 21 June.

Tickets available here.

OPPORTUNITY: Research Grants for Writers

*Entries open 21 June 2019*

The Copyright Licensing New Zealand & New Zealand Society of Authors (CLNZ/NZSA Research Grants) support New Zealand writers by providing assistance to writers who wish to undertake research for a fiction or non-fiction writing project.

Four grants are awarded annually, these are:

  • *Three *Open Research Grants, each with funding of $5,000
  • *One *Stout Research Centre Grant, which includes funding of $5,000 and a six-week residential fellowship at the Stout Research Centre at Victoria University Wellington.

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*Applications open August 2019*

The $25,000 Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) Writers’ Award is one of the investments made through CLNZ’s Cultural Fund. The Writers’ Award is offered to writers of any genre of non-fiction, including writers of education material. The award enables successful applicants to devote time to a specific writing project. The successful recipient for 2018 was announced at the New Zealand Society of Author's National Writers Forum on 22 September in Auckland.

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OPPORTUNITY: Katikati Festival of Cultures - Parade Call Out!

Registrations are still open to participate in the Katikati Festival of Cultures! The festival is looking for participants for the street parade of cultures, cultural performers and food stall holders.

The festival will be a kaleidoscope of cultures, colour and creativity - check out the event here!

Get in touch today! Contact 

OPPORTUNITY: Casting Call - The Charitable Stage Co.

Calling all dancers and aerial performers!

If you are between ages 14 and 18 then TCSC encourage you to audition for their newest production being staged later this year.

For more information, and for an audition pack please email their Artistic Director: 

PAINT MY PORTRAIT: Submission date extended!

The closing date to submit your photos for the Paint My Portrait project has been extended to Sunday 23 June!

Head to this page and submit your high-res image of someone you think deserves to be immortalised in paint.

WORKSHOP: Inspiring Communities with Exult!

Facilitating Community-Led Development can be challenging, so Exult (Helping Non-Profits Grow) has partnered with the team at Inspiring Communities and Bay Trust to bring a series of Community Development workshops around the Bay of Plenty in 2019. 

The first workshop sold out, so don't miss out on the next workshops of this series: Connections and Collaboration and Leading Community-Led Change.

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COMMUNITY NEWS: Mural educates about importance of kauri

If we don't act now, it could be too late for kauri, considered taonga (treasure) of our forests.

Kauri only grow in one place in the world — the northern part of New Zealand and are in danger. DoC community ranger Tracey Mezger said the Kaimai Forest is the last in New Zealand where there is no kauri dieback disease. That's why the kauri movement has begun in Katikati to keep Kaimai kauri standing. The Department of Conservation has teamed up with Katikati Open-Air Art and Western Bay Museum to create a mural at The Arts Junction and educate people about the importance of kauri and share its history to prevent the spread of the disease here. [NZ Herald]

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You can now view all the upcoming events/workshops that have been funded by the Creative Communities Scheme here (scroll right to the bottom)!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: 9 things to know when showing for the first time

Artists offer practical suggestions for pulling off this daunting but exciting challenge. By Sabine Brix (The Big Idea).

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

Kokomo release new album Sunset Claws - SunLive
The secret is out – Kokomo are finally bringing out a new album ‘Sunset Claws’, and at long last we get to hear and see the master Nigel Masters come out from behind his keyboard and sing.
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Kristian Robin Lomath - Tauranga artist - SunLive
“Concussion is a weird thing and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone,” says painter Kristian Lomath.
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The collection of Valentine Scrivener - SunLive
The artistic spirit of the late Valentine Scrivener has been brought to life again this week in a Tauranga shop window, showcasing her unique collection of clothing and millinery.
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Local authors shortlisted for awards - SunLive
Several local authors and illustrators have been shortlisted for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
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Art club members’ works go on display - Katikati Advertiser
The Waihi Beach Art Club will be exhibiting a variety of work by its members at the Carlton Gallery in Katikati.
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A book for Matariki - Te Puke Times
Pukeko, Kiwi and Hoiho are off on another adventure.
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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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