Coming Up – November’s a blast!!


November 2016 is already a busy and exciting month in the Bay of Plenty, Aotearoa, New Zealand.

First time author Rebecca Larson's upcoming booklaunch

First time author Rebecca Larson’s upcoming booklaunch

It’s a special month for Papamoa’s Rebecca Larsen the author of a picture song book in English and Maori. It’s Rebecca’s “very first book” and it’s being launched on the 18th at Te Puke Paper Plus – more details below.

photo1281There’s the Tauranga-based Bay of Plenty Garden & Art Festival starting soon featuring art and gardens from Katikati to Te Puke.

Before that there are some very different creative experiences. Charity fundraiser ROCK FEST at the end of the month and on Saturday 12th November all the hardwork and creativity of The Incubator will be displayed in 40 years of PUNK: Chaos to Culture. photo1146And, the amazing Te Puna Quarry Garden Park has its annual Quarry Fest on Sunday 13th. This is one of the highlights of the Tauranga section of Western Bays so don’t miss it.

Galleries have a spectrum of exhibitions. Creative Bay of Plenty community gallery has ongoing exhibitions; currently showing This Enchanted World. Boutique, suburban Cottleston Gallery features the unique textile art of Viv Davy. The Bethlehem Pottery Club’s annual exhibition is on 11 -13.

the face of the master

the face of the master

The Rotorua Museum which also incorporates interesting art gallery spaces is currently showing two very different exhibitions with a Dutch connection. Plains town, Paeora features the art photography of Tomek Friedrich. Thames, on our neighbouring Coromandel has its Steam Punk Thames Festival from 11th to 13th and

coromandelpromotionalnov2016-004The Miranda Farm Gallery is exhibiting Christine Hellyar botanical drawings

There are workshops and creative courses and Whakatane home to the Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award is calling for entries for its respected competition. Take a look at the end of this section for information and contacts.

This is just a selection of what’s going on so make sure you take a look on eventfinda and checkout the local gig guides and event guides in local media for a comprehensive list of what’s happening around the Bay of Plenty.photo1146

40 years of PUNK: Chaos to Culture

Saturday 12th November

40 years ago punk exploded snarling, spitting and shouting and sparked cultural revolution. It kicked folk music in the guts, stuck two fingers up to the political status quo and championed rebellious radical fashion that influenced some of today’s most prestigious fashion designersSummer of Love miniskirts and bellbottoms were replaced by Mohican haired youths with ripped clothes held together with safety pins sporting offensive t-shirts and Dr Martens. They basked in anti-authoritarian ideologies and challenged the face of modern Culture.  To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this Punk revolution, the Incubator is exploring the anarchistic influence of punk in Art, Fashion and Music. Style: A riotous catwalk fashion show influenced by punk Culture and Couture. New Zealand designers are invited to create and show a high quality punk inspired garment. inspired by the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Zandra Rhodes and Jean Paul Gautier.

Sight : An Explosive exhibition of album covers .An opportunity for local and national artists to balk the establishment and create a work of art synonymous to this rebellious era. 

Sound: The sound of punk, honouring the spirit and attitude of the times with two bands reproducing the mutinous sounds with guest musicians invited to belt out the iconic singles of the punk music revolution.

Calling submissions to the judged fashion catwalk event – ‘Chaos to Couture’ and entries for the Exhibition of album cover sizes Artworks both to be influenced by the Punk era.

And, take a look at ARTbop alternative’s conversation with Baz Mantis whose joint exhibition with partner Jackie Gray has recently concluded at the Incubator.

If you would like an overview of the work and style of The Incubator, ARTbop has a number of articles and videos in the archives.

ENTERTAINERS CLUB 5pm at the Tauranga Citz Club this Sunday 13th November 2016 features HOBNAIL HOEDOWN a Wellington band of Bluegrass, Celtic Folk, Country & Rock’n’Roll influences. Door sales from 4.30pm. $15 per person. Full Bar and Restaurant facilities.photo1167_001
BAYCLAY 2016 Bethlehem Pottery Club at the Baycourt Exhibition Hall, 38 Durham Street, Tauranga. 11 – 13th November 2016 10am-4pm (Fri & Sat) 6pm-7.30pm (Sat) 10am- 3pm (Sun) of Steampunk Festival

thamespaeroasteampunkwallnov2016Thames, Coromandel hosts the 2016 Steampunk Festival 11th – 13th November 2016. W:


Downtown Tauranga’s outdoor art market November 13th and 27th

Interested in participating you can get information from

and take a look at facebook   Left Bank Tauranga

photo1281Bay of Plenty GARDEN & ART Festival, 17th – 20th November 2016 the tenth Biennial Garden & Art Festival showcasing Katikati, Tauranga, Mt Maunganui and Te Puke. A new festival format – a four day festival. Garden trails open from Thursday through to Sunday with one or four day ticket options. The Festival Hub at the Lakes with displays, exhibitions, creative concept spaces and so much more check out

new-imagebookandcdcoverROW ROW ROW YOUR WAKA:

Picture book and songs in English and Maori with accompanying CD.   The work of Rebecca Larsen and her translator colleagues Rebecca’s first book is being launched on the 18th of November 2016 at Te Puke Paper Plus

Rebecca has created a site for Row Row Row Your Waka:             W:

Rebecca’s business is Supirium Creative Services

W:   E:   F: /Supirium             C: 027 381 6278

cominguppostersnov2016-001THIS ENCHANTED WORLD: the work of Liz Turnbull, Angela Martiz and Megan Collier at Creative Bay of Plenty Gallery until 28th November 2016.

This exhibition features the diverse expressive styles of three of Tauranga’s established female artists. It was such a pleasure to see three such different styles of work. Each gives their unique perspective of the natural world. Review of the exhibition opening is coming!

Creative Bay of Plenty, 95 Willow Street, Tauranga 3110 P: 07 928 5270 W:

cominguppostersnov2016-003DAILY VOICES, the work of Viv Davy, Textile Art at the Cottleston Art Gallery,

This exhibition by Taranaki fibre artist Viv Davy is not to be missed. The exhibition is a comprehensive collection of the both the fine weaving and fabric collage of the artist.   Compelling social comment in every thread. Review of the exhibition opening is coming!

Cottleston Art Gallery,128 Oropi Road Greerton, 7 -21 November, every day 11am – 4.30pm

P: 020 478 3337               W:
RARANGA WEAVING: the weaving students of Te Wananga o Aotearoa invite you to view their wonderful creations at their campus 180, 17th Avenue, Tauranga, (opposite the Historic Village). Exhibition times: Monday 14, Tuesday 15 and Thursday 17 November 10am – 3pm. Wednesday 16 November 10am to 8pm.
coromandelpromotionalnov2016-004IN PRAISE OF NIKAU: Botanical Drawings by Christine Hellyar showing at the Miranda Farm Gallery, until 4th December 2016.

The drawings by Christine Hellyar of Nikau and various native plants, foliage and flowers are both visually beautiful and evocative of standing in the cover of our New Zealand bush. Review of the opening of the exhibition is coming!

Thhe Miranda Farm Gallery is part of the organic orchard Miranda Farm. There is a small cafe (not open on Monday and Tuesdays (and occasional Wednesdays), organic produce and wonderful onsite produced preserves and chutneys. On the back roads across the Hauraki Plains this is a wonderful day out.

The Miranda Farm Gallery can be found at 1107 Miranda Road, R.D.3 Pokeno 2473 and is open Thursday to Sunday from 10am – 4pm (Other days by appointment).

P: 09 238 2608                         W:
coromandelpromotionalnov2016-001TOMEK FRIEDRICH: Art Photographer – Artzentao Photography at the Paeroa Art Gallery until the 26 November 2016.

The Paeroa Arts Centre on the main road through the township is housed in the historic Borough Council Building. Apart from unique changing exhibitions the Gallery displays for sale a variety of creativity by local artists and craftspeople.

Paeroa Arts Centre: open Wedneday to Saturday from 11am to 3pm

P: 07 862 7111       W:          


Make sure you take a look at ARTbop’s REVIEW archives where you can check out some of the fabulous creativity that has been brought to the Bay of Plenty

Charity gig at Totara Street ends November on a high

Charity gig at Totara Street ends November on a high

One of the organisers, veteran musician, DJ, radio host and ARTbop contributor Kingsley Smith says: “I just wanted to let you know about the ROCK FEST 2016”

When: Sat 26th Nov

Where: Totara Street Venue, Mount Maunganui
This is a great community rock event. It is a mini rock festival held at one of NZ’s finest live venues. It is a non-profit event where all proceeds are going to the Cancer Society. Even the musicians, promoters, venue directors, are all providing their services for free, with the hope of building the local rock scene up and making this an annual event.

Here are the important internet links…


facebook event page:
Tickets are only $10, but even if you can’t make it we’d appreciate any sharing or networking you can help us with.mage
cominguppostersnov2016-002FAMILY FUN DAY at the Tauranga Art Gallery 10am to 3pm Saturday 26 NO BOOKINGS REQUIRED. $5. per family + gold coin donation for face painting. Bring your family to enjoy Creation Stations, story telling, an art hunt, and face painting on this flora-themed fun filled day. Tauranga Art Gallery Cnr of Wharf & Willow Streets, Downtown Tauranga, Phone 07 578 7933

What’s On @ Rotorua Museum

ROTORUA UkeBox 20th November 2016 at 3pm Rotorua’s own Thermeles give a short uke performance and then there’s a community uke and sing a long. Entry is free but a gold coin donation is asked to cover UkeBox admin costs.

More information


to 27th November 2016 Dutch migrant Bakkenes was part of the post war European migration to New Zealand and a thriving New Zealand arts community.

img_4539-students-of-dr-tulpREMBRANDT REMASTERED

to 20th November 2016 57 digitally remastered images of the work of Dutch Master Rembrandt Van Rijn

Make sure you take a look at Marcus Hobson’s article and images about these exhibitions in Reviews, Been & Seen: “Rotorua Museum: the Dutch Connection”


to 20th November 2016 Recent acquisitions to Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa Collection

Rotorua Museum is open daily, 9am to 6pm (Dec – March) or 9am to 5pm (April – Nov), except Christmas Day. Admission is free for Rotorua residents with proof of residency. Adults $20, Seniors (65yrs+) $18, Children (5-15yrs) $8.

For further information please visit or contact HollyWatene Ph 07 351 8290, Email

media-sculptor-rory-mcdougall-at-2014-symposiumNew Zealand’s top sculptors set to show-off their talent in Rotorua

Artist Rory McDougall working on his sculpture during the 2014 Sculpture Symposium

Wielding chisels, hammers and power tools artists will descend on Rotorua Arts Village Green from Saturday 19 November to transform 25 tonnes of stone and logs into works of art.

Seventeen of New Zealand’s top local and national sculptors have nine days to create pieces of art during the 2016 Sulphur Lakes Sculpture Symposium.

The finished pieces of art become part of Rotorua’s Sulphur Lake Sculpture Trail.

Artists can use all styles; traditional, abstract and contemporary. Their artwork must reflect the theme of ‘The Energy Within,’ capturing Rotorua’s unique geothermal and cultural environment.

Council community arts advisor and symposium coordinator, Marc Spijkerbosch, says the sculpture symposium is an exciting event for the city.

This is a thrilling event for the artists and the wider community.  Rotorua is very fortunate. There are only a couple of events like this across the country. It’s great for the artists and a rare opportunity for locals and tourists to see sculptures being created.

These artists are seasoned professionals.  It’s mesmerising to watch them cut down, shape and mould these huge blocks and boulders,” he says.

The artists have the choice to create pieces from Oamaru limestone, Taranaki andesite or macrocarpa logs.

The artists all work in an open space and we encourage locals and visitors to come down to watch the sculptors work and see the artworks take shape.” Mr Spijkerbosch says.

At the end of the nine days, one of the works will be selected for the judges’ award and will become a permanent part of the district’s public art collection. Up to a further four pieces could be selected to enhance the new boulevard in Rotorua’s Kuirau Park.

All the finished sculptures will be installed along the Sulphur Lakes Sculpture Trail in Government Gardens to form The Energy Within Exhibition.  The pieces will remain on public display along the trail until the next sculpture symposium in 2018.

The works would also be for sale at prices set by the artists, and any sold from the sculpture trail would be replaced with alternative pieces.

The Sculpture Symposium is on 8.30am to 4.30pm daily from Saturday 19 to Sunday 27 November at the Rotorua Arts Village Green in the Government Gardens.

For more information go to

More information

Artists                                   From                     Medium being used

Joe Kemp                            Rotorua                Macrocarpa

Peter Edwards                   Rotorua                Andesite

Shannon Wafer                 Rotorua                Oamaru

Trevor Nathan                   Rotorua                Andesite and Steel

Jamie Pickernell                Rotorua                Andesite + Mac + Steel

Natanahira Te Pona        Rotorua                Macrocarpa

Rakei Kingi                          Rotorua                Macrocarpa

Jocelyn Pratt                      Thames                Andesite

Nigel Scanlon                     Waiheke Is.         Oamaru + Andesite

Phil Bonham                       Auckland             Andesite + Mac

Rory McDougall                Westport             Oamaru

Peter Harawira                  Ohiwa                   Oamaru

Rex O’Brien                         Mt Maunganui  Andesite

Peter Akurangi                  Rotorua                Oamaru

Anna Korver                       Taranaki               Andesite

Claire Sadler                       Taranaki               Andesite

Oriah Rapley                      Taranaki               Andesite
2014 Sulphur Lake Symposium

·         Inaugural Rotorua Symposium

·         Seventeen pieces produced to the theme ‘The Returning Soldier,’ as part of the World War 1 100 year commemorations·         Sculptures have been displayed as part of the Sulphur Lake Sculpture Trail.

·         Judges selected Anna Korver’s piece ‘The White Mouse’, depicting New Zealand war heroine Nancy Wake, to win the $10,000 prize and be part of the Council’s permanent art collection.

·         Only five pieces from the 2014 symposium remain available for sale.

For further information please contact:

Ingrid Tiriana

Public Relations Advisor

DDI: 351-8110

Mob: 021-190 8868



5 AND 6th DECEMBER 2016


Paintings about Paint

yvonne-mcgill-photonov2016With Yvonne McGill, (Master of Fine Arts (Elam)).

My early career was as a secondary school science teacher and later I taught art, photography and various other subjects.

In the late 90’s, when my children were young, I went to study art at Elam Fine Arts School and graduated with a Master’s degree.

I like to explore what can be done with paint as a material.

My paintings are about the process and paint although viewers often see things within the paintings. I work spontaneously and try not to think things out too much. There is no pre-conception of what the picture will look like when I start, each mark informs the next. To ensure the work idea stays focused I use one or two painting techniques within the work.

At the moment I use rubber scrapers of various sizes to create thin layers of overlapping paint.mcgill-paint-paintingnov2016


In this workshop we will ….

Discover the nature of paint 

Experience ways to work with tools to explore paint qualities 

Explore different ways to achieve depth in a painting 

Have fun experimenting with your new knowledge


Date: Monday & Tuesday December 5th and 6th 2016

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Location: The Gallery, Te Puna Quarry Park, Tauranga

Materials: Artists will be sent a list of materials to bring, plus some materials will be provided.

Fee: $300 (includes lunches and morning and afternoon teas). non refundable.


P: Yvonne Lambert on 021 499 318


Beginners Silversmithing – Alex Mostyn

Alex studied jewelry making in London at Chelsea and Kensington college as well as at the Guildhall University doing a pre- apprenticeship. She is passionate about making jewelry and would like to show others the jewelers craft and design. Real silver smithing needs you to acquire a basic tool kit (tutor to advise). Alex will provide all materials.

One weekend Saturday & Sunday
25th and 27th November

Cost: $190  (Basic tool kit extra)


Now established as a major art award: The Molly Morpeth Canaday Award is open for entries. Entries close on 16th December 2016. Take a look at the website or for more information

And a heads up for:

BOP Symphonia RISING STARS Competition. Applications now open to all Bay of Plenty secondary school students. Entries close February 2017. More info from Maggie Gething, President Bay of Plenty Symphonia P: 021 144 2028

Paradox brings street art to Downtown Tauranga

Paradox brings street art to Downtown Tauranga

Paradox the Street Art Festival coming to Tauranga March to June 2017 – W:

ZOETICA – life – passion – bravery 30 August to 02

September 2017 Tarnished Frocks & Divas in association with Carrus W: F: Tarnished Frocks and Divas



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