AOT: Art of Technology – inaugural Tauranga exhibition


Coming up on 19th October – the inaugural Art of Technology 2017  AO T will be a stunning experience of art that wouldn’t exist if the technology used to create it, present it or that it depicts didn’t exist.

 That is the simplest explanation but it tends to need some fleshing out because this sort of art is unconventional to say the least. First of all… an “experience” rather than an exhibition? Very much so.

The trend right now is for technology driven art to really involve the audience; either they help create it, or it reacts to what they do, or it is driven by what they say, post, or tweet. So no sombre walking about admiring the juxtaposition of elements building the composition – oh no. Expect to be much more involved than that!

18 October – 5 November 2017  Goddards Centre Devonport Road Tauranga New Zealand




 START THE MORNING EARLY ON THE 18TH – TAKIRI KO TE ATA – a chorus dawn to celebrate the opening of the Tauranga Arts Festival –
 lyrics and music available on the Festival website.      TAURANGA GIRLS’ COLLEGE HAS ITS FILM FESTIVAL 17th October  AND OVER AT  MOUNT MAUNGANUI, ASTROLAB IS HOSTING THE HEATS OF THIS YEAR’S POETRY SLAM.    read on…. and on..

Rules of Engagement: The Exhibition featuring artworks by Tracey Tawhiao, inspired by the album from Ria Hall – Rules of Engagement.

Tracey Tawhiao at the time of her earlier ARTbop conversation.

To celebrate the release of her debut album, Rules of Engagement, Ria Hall has combined with Tracey Tawhiao to create artwork inspired by the album and infused with Tawhiao’s own experiences and style. The exhibition showcases two descendants of Tauranga Moana iwi who are strong Māori artists with defined creative voices.

A multi-skilled contemporary artist, Tawhiao is a writer, performance poet and filmmaker, who conveys the breadth of her experience and position as a Māori woman in a European-dominated society through her artwork. Her one-of-a-kind pieces will be available for purchase.

  • Shop G9, Ground Floor, Goddards Centre, accessed via 21 Devonport Road or 16 Grey Street.
  • TICKETS Free entry
  • DURATION Thursday 19 Oct – Sunday 29 Oct
  • CHECK OUT the article in our ARTbop archives on the detailed and beautiful work of Tracey Tawhiao


Exhibition: Down  Up by Graham Crow to 28 October         


ARTbop went along to the opening of this sophisticated collect of work by Crow, one of Tauranga’s leading arts practitioners.   Favourite for me the intense inky blackness of Emerge – where you have to look deep into the organic textures of the composition.   Personal opinion – considering Crow’s artistic standing the exhibition contains many works you can only call affordable.      The opening provided an opportunity for younger creatives to talk with established artists such as Crow, Rex Homan, Lorraine Isaacs, Doreen McNeill, Dave Roy and John Roy proving once again the worth of galleries and gallery openings!

Zeus Gallery is in Marsh Street in the Chapel Street area  of Downtown Tauranga – there is parking in front of the gallery.  Opening hours below.


Graham Crow’s exhibition of new works titled Down Up will wow audiences at Zeus Gallery on Marsh Street, Tauranga to 28 October 2017.

Maungatapu-based Graham Crow is a favoured name on the Tauranga art scene and is known for his bold and dynamic approach to colour, surface and light.

Following on from the successful exhibition Blue Shift, shown at Zeus Gallery in 2016, Down Up is a new collection of minimalist abstract works inspired by thumbnail drawings from a sketchbook Crow was using in 2007.

Where: The ZEUS Gallery 

When: to October 28 Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm, Saturdays 10 am – 3 pm

Futher Info: click here 

 LEGEND & LEGACY to 30th October 2017 at the Incubator Gallery, Historic Village, 17th Avenue Tauranga.  Mentored by Graham Crow, this is a particularly personal and painterly exhibition by Estall.  ARTbop was privileged to be invited to attend this exhibition opening at the Incubator.   It was one of those memorable events that was not merely an exhibition opening: an acknowledgment of whanau and whakapapa; but importantly the rite of passage of a particularly talented but personally low key young woman.  Being given the opportunity to meet extended family of all generations of the artist was another special privilege.   Don’t miss this exhibition.  

The Opening of Michelle Estall’s  first exhibition was a great success. Half of the work on display is inspired by Maori Legend, purakau. The other half references the influence of Michelle’s own journey of discovery into her Father’s family heritage, ancestors and their legacy.

When: to October 30, opening hours click here

Where: The Incubator

Further info: Check out Michelles Facebook page


Theatre: Last Legs by Roger Hall October 13 – 15


Auckland Theatre Company proudly presents Roger Hall’s smash hit Last Legs – a lethally funny black comedy about sex, death and politics with an irresistible appeal to the old and bold of heart.

When: October 13 – 15

Where: Baycourt Community and Arts Centre 

Further info and tickets: click here 


Workshop: Great Photography Weekend October 14 – 15


Kim Westerskov’s biggest workshop of the year is coming up. Over the weekend of 14-15 October, Kim will cover most of what you need to know to become a much better photographer, including photographing people, landscapes, wildlife, travel photography, composition, lens choice, which settings to use, harnessing your creativity, and much more. 

As an internationally acclaimed wildlife photographer and teacher of 10+ years, Kim has developed workshops that are focused on simple techniques to get great results. All abilities from beginners to expert are welcome.

When: October 14 – 15, 9am – 5pm
Both days (in studio and out in “the field” taking great photos) + follow-up evening

Where: 18 Greerton Road, Gate Pa, Tauranga

Further info: click here

Contact details: phone Kim on 578-5138 or write an e-mail at


Workshop: Play with Paint – Kim Cutting October 14


If you have always wanted to try painting or need a canvas for your home, come and give it a go. There is no pressure, just an afternoon trying new techniques such as playing with textures, sgraffito, mark making, printing, stencilling, glazing and more. Kim will also give ideas on composition, tones, and colour mixing.
If you are already working on a painting and would like a lovely space to work and maybe need a few ideas to finish it off, bring it in. Paints, brushes and other tools will be supplied, canvases will be available for purchasing or bring in your own.

October 14 and 28, 2.30 – 5.30 pm
November 11 and 25, 2.30 – 5.30 pm

Where: Elizabeth Street Community Hall

Further info: visit Kim’s website or give her a call on 021-513093 to book a place.


Exhibition: The Future Machine at Tauranga Art Gallery from October 14


In this group exhibition, Tauranga Art Gallery has conceived its own future machine to explore ideas of city and community. The Future Machine will infiltrate the central city environs, highlighting some of the more surprising imagery, historical and physical spaces we have in our own backyard. 

When: October 14, 6 pm till January 2018

Where: Tauranga Art Gallery

Further info: click here 


Workshop: Printclub October 14


What: Monthly workshop to bring together lovers of printing to connect, share ideas and use the Artery’s lovely printing press. 

When: Friday 13, 3 – 7 pm 

Where: The Incubator

Further Info: Beginners and continuers are welcome and everyone feel free to bring their own stuff. 


Workshop: Playwriting Bootcamp with Roger Hall October 14


Roger Hall will hold an intense two-hour workshop teaching you almost everything you want to know about playwriting.

When: October 14, 10 am – 12 pm

Where: Baycourt Community & Arts Centre

Further info and tickets: Click here


Bellydance: Arabian Spice Spring Hafla October 14


Arabian Spice invites you to a Belly Dance Party and Open Floor. Join this vibrant Belly Dance Community for a spot of lunch and some afternoon dancing with friends. Or just relax, sit back and watch the show… 

When: October 14, 1 – 4 pm

Where: 68 First Avenue, Tauranga

Further info: Check out their website

Contact details: Call 021 1245 982 or e-mail them at


Workshop: Connect & Indulge in Healing Art with Mira Corbova October 15, 22, 29


Mira is an abstract artist and a naturally creative and intuitive person with a passion for expression, colours and nature that she believes brings balance and healing in our lives. Her art represents the inner vision, our dreams, our energy, connecting in various forms, the power of positive thinking and channeling healing energy through art.

When: October 15, 22, 29 from 11 am – 2 pm 

Where: The Art Lounge 

Further info: To buy your ticket call 021 2025061 or visit The Art Lounges’ website for more information. 


Workshop: 5 weeks Wheel Thrown Pottery for Beginners from October 17


A very hands on and practical step by step guide to learning how to make pots using a potter’s wheel.

Tutor: Cat Thompson

When: 5 Tuesdays and 1 Sunday, Start: October 17, 6.30 – 8.30 pm and December 10 (glazing)

Where: The Incubator

Further info and booking: click here


Film Festival 2017 at Tauranga Girls’ College October 17



Tauranga Girls College would like to invite you to attend their annual Film Festival – a celebration of the creative talents of their Film and Media students. Come and support the young film makers whilst you enjoy a selection of stop motion animations, film trailers, video artworks and short silent films.

When: October 17, 6 pm

Where: Tauranga Art Gallery


Poetry Slam Tauranga at Astrolab October 18


This poetry slam event hosted by Jay Fitton and Dhaivat Mehta is an excellent opportunity for local poets and wordsmiths to show their skills and win the opportunity to represent Bay Of Plenty at the National Poetry Slam.
The 2017 New Zealand National Poetry Slam Finals will be held on the 4th of November 2017 in Hamilton.

When: October 18, 7 pm

Where: Nana’s Bar, Astrolabe, Mt. Maunganui

Further info: Check out their Facebook event


Craft class: DIY Boho Creations October 18


Remarquable Wonder is a creative service run by the lovely Rhiannon Woest who is a creative all rounder who runs craft classes for kids and adults. 

Make sure to check out her multiple craft classes for young and old here und register your little one or yourself now. 

When: October 18, 10 am or 6.30 pm

Where: The Historic Village 

Further info: click here


Exhibition: Art of Technology 2017 October 18 – November 5


A collection of international, national, and local artists will show you their unique talent – all of it art that wouldn’t exist if not for the digital technologies of today.  The visitors to this exhibition don’t just walk around admiring the artists work – they become part of the works that require action or movement from the viewer. The whole family can get involved in this exhibition. Expect to see Virtual Reality art, GIF art, projection, animation, and video art, 3D printed art, sculpture, gaming art, sonic art and more.

When: October 18 – November 5, 9 am – 5 pm

Where: 21 Devonport Road, Goddards Centre

Further info and tickets: Click here 


Installation: Vessel at Toi Ohomai October 20


This exhibition features a woven tapestry of work by four women of Pacific Island descent who use their bodies as a vessel to challenge constructions of the self-formed through biblical ideology and representations in popular culture.

The Pacific woman is a metamorphosis, an ever-changing oxymoron no longer understood as a singular representation.

Artists: Ashlei-Luckman Taupaki, Darcell Apelu, Juanita-Louisa Karora, Nia-Val Ngaro

When: Opening: October 20, 5 pm

Duration: October 20 – 29

Where: Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology


Concert: Royale Riot at Totara Street October 20


Wear your best dancing shoes for Royale Riot – it’ll be a night of bent and broken rockabilly from this award-winning Aussie band.

When: October 20, 8.30 pm

Where: Totara Street

Further info and tickets: Click here 


Bay Salsa Festival 2017 October 20 – 22


Bay Salsa Festival started 11 years ago as a one off event to help promote street latin dance and has continued to grow each year.  All profits from our event are put into a grant fund where dancers can apply to assist them with their travels to represent NZ on the world dance stage.

This fun filled weekend has something for everyone, whether you are young or young at heart, a complete beginner or experienced dancer, or simply want to be dazzled at the show. With 2 x parties, workshops the everybody dance now showcase and a themed ball.. how can you not have fun?

When: October 20 – 22 

Where: Otumoetai Action Centre, 105 Windsor Road

Further info and tickets: Click here



Movie: He named me Malala October 21


The story of an incredible girl who survived the Taliban won a Nobel Peace prize and has made the world care about protecting the rights of girls everywhere to access education. Prior to the film Shakti will welcome and discuss issues affecting both our national and local communities when it comes to women and children’s freedoms, safety and education.

When: October 21, 5.30 pm

Where: Otumoetai Baptist Church

Further info: Contact Jody Hopkinson on 021 871 171,


Concert: Miles Calder & The Rumours at Totara Street October 21


Miles Calder & The Rumours are a folk-rock band from Wellington. Their earthy tones and floating harmonies compliment Miles’ heartfelt songs, to produce an atmospheric and timeless Americana sound that is somewhere between Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan and Neil Young. The band’s debut EP ‘The Crossing Over’ was nominated for the NZ Taite Music Prize for Best Album and RIANZ Best Country Album. 

When: October 21, 8.30 pm

Where: Totara Street

Tickets: click here 


Night Owl Cinema: Men of Wood and Foam October 21


Experience an outdoor cinema under the stars for the screening of Men and Wood of Foam, a 2017 documentary telling the story of six friends from Brookvale who shaped the history of surfing in Australia. The film dives into the golden decade when surfing was transformed into a culture with its own music, movies, fashion and heroes.

When: October 21, 8 – 11 pm

Where: Mount Drury Reserve, Mt Maunganui

Further info: Click here


Tauranga Arts Festival Readers & Writers: Sea Fever October 23


Award-winning Kiwi poet Bob Orr teams up with Australian surfing writer Phil Jarratt to explore the currents, tides and oceans that mean so much to them in Sea Fever. Critic (and poet) Iain Sharp has described Bob Orr as, “the purest romantic lyric poet of his generation”.  Phil is a three-time recipient of the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame Media Award, has written more than 20 books and recently become a documentary film-maker.

When: October 23, 10 am

Where: Carrus Crystal Palace, Tauranga Waterfront

Ticket: Click here 


Call for Works: Antony Warnes


What: The Incubator is hosting a exhibition featuring the works of Antony Warnes, and are calling local residents to be in contact if they own or collect any of his previous pieces.

If you have a piece you would like to share: Please follow the Link to fill out the required details. A friendly member of the Incubator team will be in contact. 


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