Coming Up: events, exhibitions, opportunities and funding!


CREATIVE BAY OF PLENTY is the territorial authority funded administrative organisation for the creative arts in Tauranga and Western Bays.    As part of their promotional actitivies the organsation produces a regular email of events, exhibitions, opportunities and funding sources.    We’ve reproduced some of the content of the Creative Bay of Plenty email August Week 5 for you to check out.  Lots on around Tauranga.   If you would like to receive the email direct to your inbox go to the Creative Bay of Plenty website and enrol with your contact details.   Their website is

Featured image on article header by Lee Switzer.

Screening: hp48hours Bay of Plenty – September 02


HP48HOURS is NZ’s largest guerrilla filmmaking competition! There is nothing quite like it.

Simply put, filmmakers have just one weekend to make a short film.
Filmmakers don’t know what genre (thriller/romance etc.) they will be shooting until the start of the competition.

Come and check out the results of BOP’s 20 teams. 

When: September 2, 7-9pm

Where: Baycourt

Tickets and further info: Facebook event info


Call for entries: Rotorua Unison Powerboxes


This year sees the redesign of the Unison Power Boxes in Rotorua CBD.  This is a wonderful opportunity for local work to be viewed by both residents and visitors to Rotorua and will remain in the public eye for five to seven years.

Artists are invited to submit their plan with the theme of ‘The Rotorua Experience.’  The design brief is otherwise open.  All styles (traditional, abstract and contemporary) are welcomed.

There are 30 Power Boxes in the central city to be designed (or redesigned) and artists may choose to submit one or more designs for these.  Of these power boxes, a number require  a front design (one-sided) and others a front and rear design (two-sided).  Either variation also has space for artistic design on the sides and top, as the artist wishes.   Artists are encouraged to plan for either scenario.

All selected entries will be given an award of $400.00 per one-sided or $800.00 per two-sided design upon completion and final approval by Unison.  In addition to this, Reader’s Choice Awards of $1000 and $500 will be given to the first and second most votes received respectively through a published competition.

For more info and to download an application:



Jann Medlicott Creative Arts Award


Two weeks remain to submit your application for the Jann Medlicott Creative Arts Award. The $2,000 award is for someone undertaking or about to commence further study in preparation for a career in creative arts. Managed by the Creative Bay of Plenty on behalf of the Acord Foundation, applications close the 14th of September.

If you’re unsure about eligibility or you have any questions, send Meg at Creative Bay of Plenty an email:

or phone on: 021 736 259

More info:


Adastra Foundation Scholarships


Each year The Adastra Foundation invites talented young people who are dedicated and achieving in music, performing arts and sports to apply for our scholarship awards.  

This is a great opportunity for students aged between 16 and 23 years, who are resident in the Bay of Plenty, to apply for funding. 

For more details about our scholarships and the criteria please go to:




Call for Actors: 16th Ave Theatre


Actors Wanted! 

16th Avenue Theatre are casting for the next production of Seasons Greetings. The search is on for 3 actors to join the team.

2 males – 1 x 25+ years, 1 x 60+ years
1 female – 1 x 25+ years

Seasons Greetings is one of Alan Ayckbourn’s funniest plays set at Neville and Belinda’s house around Christmas day. The presents are not the only things getting ruffled in the hilarious take on Christmas festivities.

Contact Julie Lankshear for more info –


Exhibition: Colour Shape and Line


Doreen McNeill’s solo exhibition, Colour Shape and Line at Zeus Gallery is now open to the public until the 9th of September. 

Her works are desirable, lush and expressive. They are rich with vibrant colour and made using a myriad of techniques and textures. Hard lines often interrupt harmonious colour fields, and suggestions of places or narratives are evident.

With original art works on paper priced from $50, this exhibition is a collectors dream. 

When: Until 9 September. 10am – 5pm Tues – Fri, 10am – 3pm Sat 

Where: Zeus Gallery, 35 Chapel Street

Further information: Check out the website here

Tarnished Frocks and Divas Present Zoetica- August 30


Zoetica translates roughly as ‘to live life animatedly’. Zoetica follows the story of a group of women who come together to create and launch a project like no other.

2017 Show Special Guest Stars are Jackie Clarke & Peta Mathias, renowned local singers Porina Mcleod & Caitriona Anderson. Actors Catherine Sylvester, Trish Marsden, Tania Brittain, Megan Brebnar, Carol Lyons, Tracey Bourgeois, Kay Spencer & Brenda Poutewera.

Peta Mathias joins TF&D for our 2017 show. She plays her part as a stylish executive with fingers in many pies – running her entrepreneurial empire on the technological superhighway.

Jackie Clarke is back. However, instead of strutting the stage in her full glory, in her role this year it may be a case of ‘spot the Jackie’ exhibiting her usual fun and exuberance.

The catwalk segments will intertwine edgy industrial, feminine lace and many more themes into the storyline supported by our outstanding dancers.

When: August 30- September 02

Where: ASB Arena at Baypark

To buy tickets:


The Ladykillers: August 30 – September 16


A riotous and comic tale of deception, greed and afternoon tea…

Don’t miss this hilarious adaptation of the classic Ealing comedy by Graham Linehan (Father Ted, The IT Crowd, Black Books) at 16th Ave Theatre.

Mrs Wilberforce has new tenants but they are not the musicians they claim to be, they could even be train robbers. If Mrs W should stumble onto their secret, her life could be in danger.

When: Various dates from August 30. Check out the website for further info 

Where: 16th Avenue Theatre, 164 Sixteenth Avenue West, Tauranga

To buy tickets:

  • Online through iTicket
  • Over the counter at iSite – Willow st
  • Phone: 0508 484 253
  • On the door from 6.30 on performance nights



Exhibition: Tauranga Girls’ College Arts Festival- August 31


‘Artsfest’ is Tauranga Girls’ College annual Art Exhibition.

This event gives the girls the opportunity to exhibit their artwork in a public arena and is open to all students. They are encouraged to enter their own original artwork in whatever field they are interested in.

There is always a variety of different styles and fields represented including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and digital artwork.

This Exhibtition will be the very first in the Incubator’s People’s Gallery and all are welcome to attend .

When: The exhibition will run until the 19th September.

Tuesdays to Saturday 10- 3pm
Sunday 3rd 9- 1pm (During Lions market )
Sunday 17th 9- 1pm (During Lions market )

Where: The Incubator’s People’s Gallery, The Historic Village


Mount Hot Pools Winter Concert Series – next session Thursday 7th September 2017


When: Thursday at 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Where: Mount Hot Pools

More info:

Festival of Architecture Opening Event – September 07


Join the New Zealand’ Institute of Architects in Tauranga for the official opening of the inaugural Festival of Architecture.

Celebrate how architecture matters in Tauranga, and find out what architects actually do through an exploration of process. Hear from Kelvin Clout, Camden Cummings, Rameka Alexander-Tu’inukuafe. Sponsored by Ignite

The festival of Architecture runs from September 7 to 17. Check out more information and events here

When:  5-7.30pm September 07

Where: Tauranga Art Gallery

Registration: Free! Click here



The Kitchen Witches: September 07 – 22


Detour Theatre presents ‘The Kitchen Witches’ by Caroline Smith

Isobel Lomax and Dolly Biddle are B Grade cooking show hostesses who have hated each other for thirty years, ever since Larry Biddle dated one and married the other.
When circumstances put them together on the Kitchen Witches show, insults are flung harder than food!
Dolly’s long-suffering son, the producer, tries to keep them on track, but as long as Dolly’s dressing room is one inch closer to the set than Isobel’s, it’s a losing battle.
The show becomes a rating smash as Dolly and Isobel top Martha Stewart and Jerry Springer!…

When: September 07 – 22

Where: Detour Theatre, Historic Village on 17th Avenue West


Cult Cinema Club Presents: Tron – September 08


Cult Cinema Club presents Tron. A computer hacker is abducted into the digital world and forced to participate in gladiatorial games, where his only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program. Starring Jeff Bridges

When: Friday 8 September

Time: Fun starts at 5:30pm with food truck and pop up bar, Screening at 7:30pm

Where: Village Cinema, Historic Village


Wax Chattels North Island Tour: September 08


Likened to the musical equivalent of being hit by an Auckland bus, Wax Chattels has taken New Zealand by storm within a year since conception. Playing such events as The Others Way, Cupa Dupa Festival in Wellington, along with Worn Out’s “Double Whammy” and 95Bfm’s “Fancy New Band Showcase”, they are well known for their immersive, chaotic live show.

Come and experience the madness for yourself and support the release of their debut album. Tickets are only $10, so grab a mate and head along!

Where: The Bach, Imbibe

When: September 8

Tickets and more info:  Check out the bands Facebook page for all the det’s 

Exhibition: Tauranga Art Gallery September 08


Photography Workshops with Kim Westerskov: September 10


Tauranga’s Kim Westerskov next workshop is “Good photos, great photos – anytime, anywhere”. As a critically 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: Sunday 10th September “Good photos, great photos – anytime, anywhere” – 9am-5pm + follow-up evening

Where: 18 Greerton Road, Gate Pa, Tauranga

Further details:
Phone Kim on 578-5138 or email


Workshop: Blue Heaven Indigo Dye and Shirobi September 10


Come with an open mind, and be prepared to explore, experiment, and discover the serendipity of this addictive process of  shirobi dyeing. A 2 day workshop in which you will learn and share Liz’s passion for the ancient art of Indigo dyeing and Shibori.
Shibori is a Japanese word denoting resist dyeing, using a variety of techniques, including stitching, clamping and binding to produce unique patterns of blue on plain cotton or silk fabric.

You will take home some samples which you have prepared and dyed and which can be used for cushions, bags, wall hangings, book covers etc. Also your own unique silk scarf!

Class fee includes
A variety of weights of cotton and silk fabric, silk scarf, dye, instruction and information sheets, coffee and tea.

When: 2x Sundays. 10th and the 17th of September. 9.30- 4pm both days.

Where: The Incubator, Historic Villiage

Further information: or  07 571 3232


Katikati Art Exhibition: September 30 – October 4


The Annual Exhibition of the Katikati Art Group is nearly here!
This is a great opportunity to view or purchase original and affordable local paintings.

There will be an eclectic mix of contemporary, modern, abstract and traditional paintings. Members of the public can even vote for their favourite work of the exhibition. 

When: September 30 – October 4

Where: Katikati Memorial Hall, 10am – 4pm daily 

More info: Check out the Facebook page here





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