ARTbop has been written, collated and distributed as a free Bay of Plenty arts focused periodical to cafes in Tauranga and its surrounds.  Starting as a simple text newsletter, ARTbop now has several excellent contributors and covers a wide range of topics informing readers of the thriving art scene and interesting events that happen in the Bay of Plenty.

You might have heard about us through friends, or even picked up a copy to read while you were out having coffee.

We’ve got lots of exciting and ambitious plans for this website.  If you’re interested in contributing, advertising or you would like to profile your portfolio on our artists gallery, or have an event that you think should be reviewed, please contact us at info@artbop.co.nz


Rosemary_bRosemary Balu is a more recent arrival to rural Tauranga. Always interested in art and design she is an inveterate “doodler and designer” and magpie-eyed collector of stuff.

Living within walking distance of the old Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland Public Library and the Auckland Museum & Domain, Rosemary’s teenage years benefitted from those institutions’ ongoing free, eclectic displays of art, artefacts and information. A gallery visitor and reader of everything, she has always been encouraged to use and explore her design and writing talents.

Rosemary has been writing ARTbop in one form or another for several years now and since moving to establish an email and online presence, has been joined by a regular team of contributors.


ahsley_aAshley Grant, B(Arch) Artist, Sculptor, Writer

Primarily now known for his work as a sculptor and artist, Architect Ashley Grant is also a writer and communicator. Ashley has recently joined ARTbop as a contributor. He writes thoughtful pieces from the perspective of an architect, designer and artist.

Ashley’s sculpture and creative work can be viewed at the Lightwave Gallery, 31 Totara Street, Mount Maunganui.




Diane Hume-Green’s life in Tauranga has been enriched by music, colour and creativity.

Her family involvement in the Tauranga Jazz Festival, sewing and textile retail and her business with her husband who is an architectural designer have all contributed to her love of the arts.

Diane writes Scene about Town, galleries, events and goings on about the town. And that town is not always Tauranga. She also spends her spare time volunteering to plan TEDx Tauranga 2014.



The Te Puna Correspondent aka the TPC A multi-talented member of the Tauranga community.

She has a professional background, a legally trained mind, a perceptive artistic eye and a sharp wit. Despite her numerous artistic and cultural pursuits the Te Puna Correspondent finds time to write regular articles and reviews for ARTbop.