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C-U-S-P Newsletter 17 July 2019

Kaua e hoki i te waewae tūtuki , ā , apa anō hei te upoko pakaru.

Do not turn back because of minor obstacles, but press ahead to the desired goal.

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

CBOP Out & About: Last Wednesday we attended a performance of Indian Classical Music at The Jam Factory; a culmination of the lessons conducted over the past six weeks by Pradipta Mukherjee (Kutu). Kutu is running a second series of these workshops - take a look here.

CALL OUT: Tauranga Fringe Festival


  • 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

CALL OUT: Art of the Lens Photography Contest

*Entries must be in by 1 September 2019 | First prize: $500*

Part of the NZ Mural Contest and Arts Festival 2019

Photography contest theme: Life Is Not What It Seems

Find out more

CALL OUT: New to the Bay Expo 2019

Presented by: Welcoming Communities

The New to the Bay Expo 2019 is an event to welcome newcomers and support those new to our community to access services and information for positive and successful settlement.

Register your organisation to participate: promote your products, services, or other information useful to all of the Western Bay of Plenty's newcomers who are settling in our communities.

Be quick! Stalls are limited to 55, and commitment has already been received from a number of organisations excited to be part of this event.

Contact for more information.

FUNDING: Research Grants for Writers

*Deadline for submissions is 4pm, 26 July | 4x $5,000 grants available*

The 2019 Research Grants are proudly bought to you by the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) and Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) to support New Zealand writers by providing assistance to writers who wish to undertake research for a fiction or non-fiction writing project.

Applications for 2019 opened 21 June

  • Four $5,000 Research Grants are available;
  • Plus one Research Grant recipient will be selected to also receive a six-week fellowship at the Stout Research Centre at Victoria University Wellington.

Find out more

UPSKILL: A Practical Approach to Health & Safety - 22 July 2019

When: 22 July 2019 from 09:30-12:00
Where: The Kollective - 143 Seventeenth Ave, Tauranga 
Presented by: SociaLink

"A short practical based session designed to give you an overview of everything you really need to know about H & S. 

Find our more

RESOURCE: How to social media like a pro!

Lynnaire Macdonald shares some tips on how you can reach your audience more effectively no matter where they are.

Read it here

RESOURCE: Community Arts Toolkit

What is it: The toolkit is aimed at people who lead or are interested in leading community arts projects and draws together best practice from Aotearoa and other parts of the world.

Why is it useful: In the toolkit, you will find
- Inspirational projects
- Tips and characteristics for strong community arts projects
- Resources to help develop projects
- Links to support and networks
- Key to the project is a series of videos of amazing practitioners from around the country – sharing their projects and their knowledge.

Find out more

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Lifehacks for Creatives

Jess Johnson and Simon Ward are the artistic duo behind the major virtual reality exhibition, Terminus, coming to its first NZ venue this July; Tauranga Art Gallery - Toi Tauranga. 

Listen in on this inspiring conversation between two artists.

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!




Exhibitions/visual arts events opening this week:

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

Steven Osborne to perform in Tauranga - SunLive
Acclaimed Scottish pianist Steven Osborne will perform in Tauranga on July 18 with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Read article

Omokoroa students creativity on show - SunLive
Omokoroa students will be showcasing their artistic creations on the afternoon of Saturday, July 27, after working on ideas for the new Omokoroa domain playground.
Read article

Laughter the compulsory sound of 2019 film fest - SunLive
Finalists of the Vista Foundation 48Hours competition are set to have their films screened at Rialto Cinema on Friday July 20, with tickets nearly selling out.
Read article

Kauri mural at Junction - Katikati Advertiser
Katikati’s 76th mural — Te Wao Tapunui a Tāne (The sacred domain of Tāne) — is bound to be seen by thousands of visitors over its 30-year lifetime.
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Wearable art warms winter - Katikati Advertiser
Aged care facility Radius Lexham Park celebrated mid-winter by hosting its own Wearable Arts competition.
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Generations of art in one exhibition - Katikati Advertiser
Art enthusiasts can enjoy three generations of art at the Carlton Gallery by Julia Blackler, her mother Joan and granddaughter Zoe (nee Andrews) Taylor.
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Art is a passion for society’s president - Te Puke Times
Each month Te Puke Society of Artists showcases the work of one of its members at its Constables Gallery.
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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