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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 13:16

What's On 17 April 2018 Newsletter

Long Term Plan 2018 Submissions

Arts & Culture Matter to us. What matters to you?
The process for planning for the future is underway, it is time to have your say!

We need your help!
How can you support? 

Please submit a letter of support to Meg Davis email here

For your letter of support, a template is available here should you wish to use one

Click here for more info on our website

Why? Because Arts and Culture Matters!

What does art and culture contribute to a city?

Arts and Culture is intrinsic to Tauranga’s journey towards becoming an internationally competitive city.

Rapid growth and engaging in a ‘global war for talent’ has put pressure on both individuals and organisations.

We can look at contribution in two ways, economically and socially.

Economically, the ‘creative economy’, contributes around $46 million in GDP annually to the Western Bay sub- region. Think from small grass roots community events, gallery sales or big ticket tours. Each plays their part. Nurturing this creative economy to grow, is critical to a prosperous region. On this same note, the Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty District Council’ are looking at how we shape the next ten years. We have some ambitious goals. And we are going to need some serious people power to get them across the line. The phrase ‘global talent war’ is very real. Creative people and brilliant minds want to live in areas that reflect their own ethos. Arts and culture will be what puts our region on the map as a confident and emerging world-class city with a reputation for diversity, energy and creativity.

The social contribution of arts and culture is profound - how long is a piece of string. As an industry, we constantly have an uphill battle when we discuss the value of the arts. A creative ecosystem is one with people at the centre. Connection is at the heart of this. Along with a myriad of social outcomes (which you can read more about in our Arts and Culture strategy), arts and cultures drives a sense of inclusivity, identity, innovation and the development of a shared history.

Role of Creative Bay Of Plenty
Lead agency in overseeing the delivery of the Arts & Culture Strategy for the region, as well as...


We connect creatives to organisations, people to projects and events to audiences


We provide, or can direct you to, workshops that build your business capability for a more sustainable sector


We support our creative sector to deliver on the sub-regional arts and culture strategy.
We also support creatives through funding administration, advice and advocacy at regional and national level


We share your stories, events and initiatives so that more people get to participate in arts and culture every day

Find out more about our submission in the Long Term Plan

Art Awards 

Miles Art Awards 2018  

When: Tuesday 3rd April 8:00am - Friday 11th May 2018 4:30pm

Where: Tauranga Art Gallery, 108 Willow Street, Tauranga

This bi-annual event and exhibition is an opportunity for artists residing in the Bay of Plenty to submit their most accomplished artworks for Tauranga’s premiere art award. The finalists work will be shown in a curated exhibition (16 June – 2 September 2018). This is the fifth installment of our biennial awards and exhibition at Tauranga Art Gallery.

Miles Supreme Award $10,000
Friends of Tauranga Art Gallery Award $1,000
The Mayors Award $500
Ethel MacMillan Award $250
Bay of Plenty Times - Peoples Choice Award 
The Incubator- Emerging Artist Award

Find out more

National Contemporary Art Award 

When: 4 August - 28 October 2018

Where: Waikato Museum 

Artists entering this year's National Contemporary Art Award, managed by Waikato Museum, will now vie for a prize pool of more than $27,000.

The overall winner will receive $20,000 from Tompkins Wake and Chow Hill. The Hugo Charitable Trust will sponsor the Hugo Award for the Runner-Up, with the recipient receiving $5,000, and each merit award winner will receive $1,000 sponsored by Friends of Waikato Museum and Random Art Group.

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FUNDING: Getty seeks Māori women for film cash grants

Getty Images and Array Alliance, today announced the launch of the first Getty Array Grant, open to both filmmakers and photographers from around the world who are using their art forms to create diverse and inclusive visual stories.

The invitation document specifically identified Māori filmmakers and photographers as eligible  to take part in the contest for four grants of US$5000 each, totalling US$20,000, to be awarded to two commercial creative photographers and two editorial filmmakers who capture the visual narrative of underrepresented ethnic communities “such as Māori, Indigenous, African American, Caribbean, South Asian, Arab or Latinx” for example, and use their medium to progress visual representation.

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Find out about upcoming workshops and upskilling opportunities on our website

WORKSHOP: Artist Writing Workshop

The Incubator - 30 April 2018, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Creative Bay Of Plenty  - 16 May 2018, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Are you entering the 2018 Miles Art Awards or do you want to know how better to write about your work? Then come to a fun and relaxed workshop that will give you some tips on how to write the perfect artist statement.

In conjunction with the Miles Art Awards, Tauranga Art Gallery has partnered with The Incubator and Creative Bay of Plenty to host two workshops that will help demystify the artist statement.

Join Tauranga Art Gallery Director Karl Chitham and learn some of the do’s and don'ts. 

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WORKSHOP: Photography, Digital Marketing and Journalism Workshops 

7 - 28 June 2018

Short courses delivered by Kseniia and Alex Spodyneiko – award winning photographer and digital editor in chief. Each course takes 2.5 hours, commencing in June 2018

Introduction to Photography

Date: Thursday 7 June 2018. Time: 2pm- 4:30pm - 2.5hours.

Location: Ntec, Aspire2 International Campus, 144-146 Durham Street, Tauranga

Award winning photographer and editor/travel blogger Alex Spodyneiko shares his advice and tips about the technical side of photography. For beginners with some advanced tips.

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Social Media Photography Tips

Date: Thursday 14 June 2018. Time: 2pm- 4:30pm - 2.5hours.

Location: Ntec, Aspire2 International Campus, 144-146 Durham Street, Tauranga

Award winning celebrity photographer and editor/travel blogger Alex Spodyneiko + editor and journalism Kseniia Spodyneiko share their advice and tips about social media photography. For beginners with some advanced tips.

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Build a Brand through Digital Marketing

Date: Thursday 21 June 2018. Time: 2pm- 4:30pm - 2.5hours.

Location: Ntec, Aspire2 International Campus, 144-146 Durham Street, Tauranga

Previous Editor in Chief Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire websites, current Digital Editor in chief focus Kseniia Spodyneiko works with Alex Spodyneiko award winning photographer and travel blogger to share their tips to building a brand through digital marketing

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WORKSHOP: Wide Angle & Telephoto

Photography workshop with Kim Westerskov

When: Saturday 21st April, 9.00am – 5.00pm plus follow up at later date [TBA]

Where: 18 Greerton Road, Gate Pa, Tauranga

Using all your camera’s lenses to their full potential = you will become a much more productive photographer = a much happier photographer. Simple.

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A Taste Of What's On...

So much on!! See all events on our 'What's On' Events page


View our Instagram @creative.bop

If you haven't already followed our Instagram page, jump on and check it out. We will be keeping it up-to-date with what we are working on at CBOP HQ and who we are working with. 

View our Instagram @creatives_of_bop

We have also set up an Instagram page dedicated to showcasing the thriving arts and cultural scene in our region. There is so much going on! Follow the account to keep informed on up-coming events, exhibitions, artist profiles, theatre performances, auditions, workshops and more.