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Tuesday, 09 July 2019 15:05

C-U-S-P Newsletter 10 July 2019

Hei tā te kaiako ka tuwhera i tōna kūaha engari, māhau anō e kuhu mai.

Teachers can open the door, but the decision to enter is yours.

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

What we're loving this week: Resilience (exhibition) by Jessica Collins & Symphony Rimaha. Exhibiting now at The Peoples' Gallery until 21 July.

CBOP In Action - June

June was a big month for Creative BOP. Take a look at our activity over the past month.

FUNDING: Jann Medlicott Creative Arts Award

Applications close 8 August 2019

Awarded on behalf of the Acorn Foundation

This scholarship for $2000 has been set up to enable a young creative to undertake further study in the creative arts.

Creative Industries, Fine Art, Design, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Film Study Or Production, Music, Dance, Performing Arts

  • Applicants must have:
    • Received at least part of their secondary education in Tauranga or Western Bay of Plenty
    • and/or currently reside in the Tauranga or Western Bay of Plenty

Check out previous winners, and all application details here!

COMMUNITY NEWS: Leo Read wins Symphonia’s Rising Stars Competition

Bay of Plenty Symphonia is delighted to announce that the winner of this year’s Rising Stars Concerto Competition is 17 year old trombonist, Leo Read, from Taneatua. 

In Sunday’s finals concert at Baycourt, Leo and five other talented young musicians from around the Bay of Plenty performed solos with the region’s community orchestra.   Leo’s confident rendition of a movement from Ferdinand David’s Trombone Concertino impressed the prestigious judging panel, which was headed by Dr Peter Walls from Wellington and included pianist Katherine Austin from the University of Waikato and John Ure, previously principal French horn with the Auckland Philharmonia.

Full press release

FUNDING: Arts Grants opening July 19

The first round of Creative NZ's new-look Arts Grants programme opens on Friday 19 July 2019, with staggered application closing dates for two different funding levels: up to $10,000 and up to $75,000.

  • Applications requesting between $10,000 and $75,000 need to be submitted by 6 September – we’ll notify results on 15 November 2019.
  • Applications requesting amounts up to $10,000 need to be submitted by 4 October – we’ll notify results on 13 December 2019.
  • The decision making times for both types of applications will be 10 weeks for this round while we configure our systems to manage the high number of anticipated applications.

Find out more

OPPORTUNITY: FINAL WEEK! 2019 SociaLink "Legacy Trust ‘Art With Purpose’ Award"

'Opening the blinds on The Real Life Of Us'

Installation Art Award 
- $500 towards creation of the installation 
- $1000 cash prize

SociaLink has produced a series of research reports and videos to raise awareness of social issues in the Western Bay of Plenty and to better understand the social sector. The theme for the launch of this research is 'Opening the blinds on The Real Life Of Us'. Creative Bay of Plenty, SociaLink and Legacy Trust are collaborating to bring forth an artwork that will visually reflect said research, in order to help change societal perceptions and stigma. This will be achieved by raising awareness of people in vulnerable circumstances, as well as the value of social sector providers.

In conjunction with the launch of this new research, CBOP and SociaLink are launching The SociaLink "Legacy Trust ‘Art With Purpose’ Award". Artists are being called to submit a design for an art installation which will help raise awareness of the issues identified in the research.

The artist with the winning design concept will receive $500 to create the installation or artwork (which will be unveiled at the SociaLink launch event on the 9th August 2019) and presented on the day with $1000 cash prize. Following the launch, the installation will also be on display in other areas around the Western Bay of Plenty, sharing its message.

Find out more (and download the application form)

OPPORTUNITY: Tauranga Fringe Festival - Artist Call Out


  • Fringe Village is the perfect place to take a risk, try something new, explore that new idea that has been brewing, take the artistic leap into the unknown and share your ideas with a hungry and fearless audience.

  • Visual artists, theatre, dance, fashion, music, comedy, digital art, storytelling, spoken word, musical theatre, burlesque, street art, street theatre, talks and workshops, activations, cosplay artist, steam-punker, frolicker, beat poet, buskers, dark cabaret, installation, disruptive artist, player of games, magician, poet, zine maker, writer, actor.

  • Take creative and artistic risks in a safe and supported environment.

  • Showcase of grass-roots arts, entertainment, the emerging and the established - all working to step outside of their comfort zone.

  • A one-day, open-access, arts adventure at the best little Village in the Bay of Plenty as with all good fringes. The Incubator are piggy-backing the Tauranga Arts Festival. (Like a tic)

Find out more

OPPORTUNITY: International Youth Silent Film Festival

*Submission deadline: 1 September 2019*

An international competition for filmmakers age 20 and under to create a modern version of silent film, see it on the big screen with live accompaniment, and win prizes!

Submission form for NZ entries

Find out more

OPPORTUNITY: Call for proposals - 59th Venice Art Biennale 2021

*Submission deadline: 5pm Friday 19 July 2019*

Creative NZ are seeking proposals for the official New Zealand presentation at the 59th La Biennale di Venezia. The Biennale is the most prestigious event on the international contemporary visual arts calendar. Both curator or artist-led presentations are welcome.

Find out more

WORKSHOP: Theatre Workshop - Te Puke Repertory Society

When: Saturday, 10 August | 9.30am - 4pm
Where: Litt Park Theatre, Park Lane, Te Puke

'Characterisation - being that character' - lead by Liam Hagan (Actor, Director, Playwright, Musician and all round multi talented thespian)

Saturday, 10 August 9.30 - 4 pm | $20 per person 

Designed for Youth and Adults. Limited numbers - secure your place by enrolling early. Light lunch provided. Bring warm, comfortable clothes.​

Email registration to

Registration form

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

Leighton Fairlie - son of the Mount returns - SunLive
Leighton Fairlie is coming home to the Mount. This time with a seven-piece band, celebrating the release of his debut EP ‘Distant’.
Read article

Sienna and Ella - remembering the children of war - SunLive
Sienna Olsen, age 7 and Ella Mitchell, age 14, have both received unique international arts recognition due in part to the benevolence of Paul Horak and Angela Howard.
Read article

John Baxter‘s circles and signs - SunLive
I called in to see John Baxter at his new home studio in Greerton. It was a warm, sunny day, with mandarins heavy on a tree, and Leo the dog peeping out from under the deck.
Read article

Nigel Masters, music and ‘The Boatshed’ - SunLive
At college, Nigel Masters was that very cool guy playing guitar in the rock band. I, on the other hand was a geeky girl on a violin in the college orchestra. 
Read article

COLOUR and CULTURE - Katikati Advertiser
There was a sense of unity and pride at Katikati’s first Festival of Cultures as people in colourful costumes walked proudly waving their nations’ flags in a mass parade along the main road, led by Mayor Garry Webber.
Read article

Comedy talent on show in new production - Katikati Advertiser
Katikati Theatre’s new show, Albert Nobbs opens on July 20 and is a bittersweet story of love and loneliness, despair and hope.
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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