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Tuesday, 01 May 2018 09:38

What's On 1 May 2018 Newsletter

NEWS: CCS Funding Presentations

The evenings of the 23rd and 24th April saw our first round of Creative Communities Scheme funding presentations held at Creative Bay Of Plenty HQ.

This round saw a record number of funding applications with a variety projects and events from across the arts sector. 

Creative New Zealand spends over $3.2 million each year supporting around 1,800 projects through the Creative Communities Scheme (CCS). Creative Bay of Plenty, on behalf of Tauranga City Council and Western Bay of Plenty Council, administers the CCS for our districts.

We will keep you posted on the progress of our applicants and the projects they are working on as they develop.  

Find out more about Creative Communities Scheme 

NEWS: New Dawn, New Day, New Window Display....

Mix a love for art, patience and a whole lot of talent and you get William Bryce Rhodes. William, also known as Bryce, is Creative Bay Of Plenty's newest front window exhibitor. Since putting up his display we have watched many passers-by stop in their tracks and admire his works. Expressive faces, moments caught in time, family, love, these are etched into wood each telling their own story.  

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‘Expose Yourself’

Creative Bay Of Plenty is looking for expressions of interest from artist who wish to display their work or profile their creative organisation in the Creative Bay Of Plenty HQ street font window. 

If you are interested in having a display in our window please fill out the form which can be found on our website here and email it back to us. 

Find out more about the CBOP HQ window space

NEWS: Chorus Box Makeover Magic 

Another Chorus box has just become a work of art this week. You will spot in on the corner of Valley Road and Golf Road in Mount Maunganui. This beautiful Chorus Cabinet depicting scenes of our harbour entrance comes to you courtesy of local creative Shane Walker , Keep New Zealand Beautiful and Creative Bay Of Plenty.  
After a wet and dismal weekend this image reminds me that the sun will always come out and wash colour across our sky.

See more of Shane's work here 

NEWS: Western Bay Of Plenty Arts 

Over the last couple of weeks the Creative Bay Of Plenty Team have been out on the road in the Western BOP meeting the passionate and dedicated people working at the coal face of community organisations. Through these connections and as we continue to build our relationships with those involved in the region we hope to be able to better Connect, Upskill, Support & Promote. 

Find out more about CUSP here

NEWS: Creative New Zealand Investment Strategy

An investment strategy to shape Creative New Zealand’s overall arts investment over the next five years has been agreed by the Arts Council.

The Investment Strategy Te Ara Whakamua 2018–2023 will guide Creative New Zealand’s investment from 2018/19 with the aim of ensuring the agency meets the future needs of the arts in Aotearoa.’

To find out what this means for your organisation, click here

WORKSHOP: TE ATA - Bay of Plenty Film Forum

When: Sat 5 May, 8am - 9.30pm

Where: Otamarakau Marae, 2655 State Highway 2 RD 6 Te Puke, 318

ATTENTION BOP FILM ENTHUSIASTS! This is is an amazing opportunity. Please don't miss it - make sure you register today!

Bay of Plenty Film's vision is for a sustainable screen media industry where all those who work in and contribute to it find fulfillment creatively, financially and socially.

This film forum is a time for us to come together to look at the growth potential of our local industry, to explore our strengths as a community, create shared pathways forward and to be inspired and learn from others.

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DISCUSSION: Water: Art, Science and Culture

When: Saturday, 5 May at 2 PM - 3 PM

Where: Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga, New Zealand

Collaboration between art and science can help change the way we look at the environment and spark debate on how to protect it. You are invited to an interesting panel discussion that can encourage new thinking.

A lively discussion is anticipated on how the heart and mind can meet, and on how communities, artists and scientists can work together to make important social-ecological transformations for sustainability.

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OPPORTUNITY: Applications Open For Art, Writers, Dance & Music Residence & Fellowships

When: Applications close 1 June 2018

Where: Open to New Zealand residents 

Have you considered furthering your studies and career in the arts? The University of Otago are currently inviting applications for the following fellowships. 
- The Frances Hodgkins Fellowship - Painters, sculptors and multi-media artists
- The University Of Otago College of Education / Creative New Zealand Children's Writer in Residence - Children's Author
- The Mozart Fellowship - Music Composition 
- the Robert Burns Fellowship - Writers

Visit for details and application forms 

FESTIVAL: Escape! 2018 Festival- 1 - 4 June 2018

'Escape' for Queens Birthday Weekend

When: Friday 1 June to Monday 4 June 

Where: Baycourt Community and Arts Centre and Our Place Tauranga, Tauranga CBD

Escape 2018! is a little festival with big ideas bringing the community together and the city alive from 1-4 June (Queen's Birthday weekend). At Baycourt Community & Art Centre and Our Place Tauranga you can Escape! with us into food, theatre, discussion, workshops, storytelling, music and poetry..

A smorgasbord of events that will leave your inspired and excited about life. Book your tickets and 'Escape' for Queens Birthday.

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EXHIBITION: Bethlehem Pottery Club Exhibition 

When: 5 & 6 May 2018

Where: Bob Owens Retirement Village, Bethlehem

The first weekend in May the Bethlehem Pottery Club is having their fourth Exhibition of Ceramic Work and paintings at the Bob Owens Retirement Village in Bethlehem.

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I want to do them all! Looking to learn a new skill? Our region has so many interesting classes. I don't want to hear anyone saying there is nothing to do in Tauranga! 

How about learning to work with oil paints, bird calling, learn a new language? How about Ikebana or cake decorating? There is even porcelain painting, glass cutting and picnics in the forest. A long list of creative and cultural the activities available to you.

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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.