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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 activities the organisation 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 September Week 2 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

Gig: My Pennyworth September 15


With roots in folk music and a dash of pop rock, Paul Hoggard and Penny Rowsell-Hoggard of ‘My Pennyworth’ will be serving up a musical feast on Friday evening.  

The local duo will take you on a journey, full of stories and funky beats to keep you and the family dancing. 

When: 7.30pm September 15

Where: KatiKati Bowling Club – 8 Park Road 

Tickets and more info: KatiKati folk club website


Artist Talk: Sara Hughes September 16


This Saturday, come and hear from Sara Hughes about her latest exhibition, Willow, in the Tauranga Art Gallery 

Hughes is known for her dynamic installations and public works, referencing local architecture and histories. 

When: 16 September, 1.30pm

Where: Tauranga Art Gallery

Tickets: Entry is FREE! No bookings required 

Art sale: Russell McKenzie September 16


Quirky and full of surprises, Russell’s watercolour display is sure to delight. 

A silent auction will be held on the day, with an opportunity to win a framed piece. Funds from the silent auction will go toward the New Zealand Blind foundation Puppy Training. 

When: 10 – 4 Saturday September 16 

Where: Summerhouse, Pacific Coast Village, 210 Maranui Street Papamoa


Audition notice: The Winter’s Tale September 16 – 19


The Winter’s Tale is a play about obsession and redemption mixing trauma and heartbreak with equal measures of bucolic nostalgia and hilarious comedy.

When: Auditions from Sept 16 – September 19

Where: Various venues

More info: Jump on the Facebook page or text Suzy on: 0210 613 808


Mount Record Fair: Totara St September 17


Love yourself a bit of vinyl?

With 10+ vendors, free admission and an opportunity to reminisce with some likeminded folk, it’s a no brainer to head down to Totara street on Sunday.  

When: Sunday September 17 11:00am – 4:00pm

Where: 11 Totara Street, Mount Maunganui

Tickets: Free entry! 


Exhibition: Tauranga Girls’ College Arts Festival until September 17


‘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: This is your last chance! Exhibition closes the 19th September.
Tuesdays to Saturday 10- 3pm

Sunday 17th 9- 1pm (During Lions market )

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


The Scholars Pro Musica present: Love Songs September 17


The Scholars Pro Musica is a Tauranga chamber choir under the musical direction of Chalium Poppy.

Be wooed by their next event, Love Songs, performed on piano and a cappella.

Relax in the gorgeous setting of to the charm and outrageous sentimentality of the Liebeskueder Waltzes, a collection of love songs, quintessentially Brahms. 

When: Sunday September 17

Where: St Peters Anglican Church, 15 Victoria Road Mount Maunganui

Tickets: $30 per adult at the door. 1 child free. $20 children. 

Further info: Check out the website 

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: Pulp Fiction September 22


Cult Cinema Club presents Pulp Fiction.

The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangsters wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.
Directed by Quentin Tarantino, with a stellar cast of John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis.

When: Friday 22 September

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

Where: Village Cinema, Historic Village

Tickets: Check out the website here

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

Exhibition: Coast September 08 – October 05


Brian is a creative photographer and digital artist who captures the environment around him in a contemporary way through natural and abstract photography. Come down to see his latest exhibition, Coast, a work focusing on being present within nature in solitude. 

Further info: Check out the website of Art Lounge here 


Exhibition: Fluidity September 08 – October 05


Sarina is a visual artist who focuses on innovative light with her work. Come down to see her latest exhibition ‘Fluidity’, where she pushes the boundairies on convention methodology. 

Further info: Check out the website of Art Lounge here


Call for submissions: International Youth Silent Film Festival


Young Kiwi filmmakers have one month left to get their entries in for the 2017 International Youth Silent Film Festival (IYSFF) New Zealand Regionals before submissions close on Sunday 1 October.

With a first prize of $2000, filmmakers, aged 20 and under are challenged to create a three-minute silent film set to one of 10 musical scores composed especially for festival. The category winners will be announced at an event at Baycourt on Wednesday 22 November.

Further information: Entry forms, rules and submission guidelines can be found here 

​Photo credit: Brydie Thompson/Thompson Photography 

Award-winning organ composer Nathan Avakian with Baycourt Community & Arts Centre’s Wurlitzer Organ.


Call for musicians: Ethno Bay of Plenty Sessions September 23


The Ethno program is aimed at musicians aged 17-30 with a mission to revive and keep alive global cultural heritage amongst youth. Present today in over 13 countries, it is coming to our shores in January. 

In the lead up to Ethno New Zealand 2018, Ethno Sessions are coming to The Incubator on Saturday 23 September 2017.

What: Seeking musicianswith a contextual folk sound, amateur or otherwise, to share their music.

When: Saturday September 23

More info: Contact Jeremy Hantler on 027 634 5539  or check out the Facebook page



Area 07: Hip Hop Workshops


FRIENDS EXHIBITION: (These friends are a group of five Katikati based artists!)

The exhibition will be held at Harry Maddox Jewellers, 18 Main Road, Katikati, where there is a modern gallery space.

It will be open Saturday 30th Sept – Saturday 7th Oct

Sat & Sun 9:00 – 4:00, Mon – Fri 9:00 – 4:30

One of the artists will be available for a chat Sat 30th, Sun 1st, Thurs 5th, Fri 6th, and Sat 7th, from 10:00 – 4:00. We look forward to seeing you there.


Coming up at the end of September – the NZ Mural Contest & Festival

Check out Birgitt’s article about what’s coming up in the NZ Mural Contest


2017 Rotorua Museum Art Awards Exhibition of Finalists Judges Selection of Works

Until: Friday, 6 October 2017
Venue: Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts CentreTime: 10am – 4pm

Price: Free entry

Highlighting the exceptional talent of artists throughout the Bay of Plenty, this exhibition will showcase winners and finalists from the 2017 Rotorua Museum Art Awards.

Kereama Taepa has won out over 148 other entries from across the Bay of Plenty to take out the $10,000 Rotorua Museum Supreme Art Award with his work Bicultural Dialogue I. Judge Emma Bugden said what set this work apart for her was its simplicity; superbly executed, smart and funny which drew her in and held her attention.

“While the sculpture tackles big subjects—the complexity of cultural identity and the changing nature of craft in a digital era—it does it with cheek and humour. The legacy of tradition is seen through a contemporary lens, simultaneously throwing light on the past and the future.”

The $1,000 Toi Ohomai Innovation in Art Award went to Jill Fleming for her work Ascension and Cheyenne Rose was named as Friends of Rotorua Museum Emerging Artist for her work Legs.

The Rotorua Museum Art Awards Exhibition of Finalists 2017 displays these three award winning works alongside 45 specially selected entries at Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre until 6 October 2017.

While the exhibition is on display people can vote for their favourite artwork either in the gallery or via the Rotorua Museum Facebook page. This year the More FM People’s Choice Award will offer $500 to the artist whose work receives the most public votes in the gallery and $500 for the work with the most online votes by the end of the exhibition (6 October 2017).

Entry to the exhibition at Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre is free and will be open daily between 10am – 4pm from 9 September until 6 October 2017.

For the first time this year Rotorua Museum will be displaying works that were not chosen for the finalist exhibition in a Salon des Refusés. This exhibition will be hosted at Rotorua Library (1238 Pukuatua Street, Rotorua) from 14 September until 7 October 2017 (during normal library opening hours).

All artworks from both exhibitions will be on sale to the public throughout the exhibition period.

For further information please contact Rotorua Museum, phone 07 350 1814 or email                 AND…



Bob Jahnke – ATA: a third reflection 

9 September 2017 – January 2018

Reflections upon past events, like reflections in a mirror, are inherently skewed to the perspective of the viewer. Ata, meaning form or reflection, explores the connections between light and reflection, history and retrospection.

Like light through a prism, Jahnke’s sculptures offer us alternative perspectives, expanding our linear view of history into a spectrum of thought and colour. Symbols within the works cite nineteenth and early twentieth century Māori spiritual leaders such as Te Kooti Arikirangi and Rua Kēnana, reflecting on the artistic and religio-political innovations of their era.

Professor Robert (Bob) Jahnke is of Ngāi Taharora, Te Whānau-a-Iritekura, Te Whānau a Rakairoa o Ngāti Porou, Samoan-German, Scottish and Irish descent. As a significant figure in contemporary Māori art, Jahnke has an extensive exhibition history and has works in major public and private collections throughout Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally. 

This exhibition has been developed and toured by Pātaka Art + Museum.

This exhibition at Tauranga Art Gallery has been generously supported by Kinetic Recruitment


Bridget Reweti, Irihanga

9 September 2017 – January 2018

Wellington-based artist Bridget Reweti (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi), who is originally from Tauranga Moana, has created an installation highlighting the 150 years since the Tauranga Bush Campaign that resulted in the raupatu (confiscation) of Tauranga Moana. Drawing on Pai Marire iconography and native flora, Reweti’s work portrays the complex ecosystem of the Kaimai, the area where the scorched earth policy was most intensely enforced.

Irihanga, which means to suspend or to hang, references various devices that have been used throughout early colonial history in Aotearoa. Haki (flags) and heke (rafters in a meeting house) have at various times both been employed as a way to communicate unification, dissension or to signal change        AND


Selection of objects created by Whakatāne Society of Arts and Crafts members.


Sat, 29/07/2017 (All day) to Sun, 15/10/2017 (All day)

Visual Expressions showcases selected works by members of the Whakatāne Society of Arts and Crafts.  

Glyn Harper


Sat, 16/09/2017 –

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Glyn Harper, Professor of War Studies at Massey University will explore the battle of Passchendaele during a special presentation at the opening of Commemorating Passchendaele – Home Front to Front Line by artist Robyn Hughes.




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