The fabulous People’s Gallery at the Historic Village


The other week the Incubator held the formal opening for the People’s Gallery  Toi ka rere at the Historic Village.   In a repurposed and volunteer refurbished historic Tauranga building the Gallery offers the creative community an opportunity to exhibit and promote their work.   

Under the voluntary management of Nicci Baxter of the Committed team of the Incubator collective, a group of volunteers oversee the Gallery during opening hours.    Nicci would welcome hearing from you if you would be interested in joining the volunteer team.   You can contact Nicci for more information through the Incubator at the Historic Village, 17th Avenue, Tauranga  email

ARTbop’s Lee Switzer and I took a peak into the Gallery the other week and here’s a short video and some images from our visit and the opening event I went to.  Enjoy and get along to the 109 Exhibition it’s showing until the 21st December 2017.

THE 109 EXHIBITION IS OPEN BETWEEN 10am to 3.30pm Tuesday to Saturday and 8.00am to 1pm on Lions Market Sundays

ARTbop contributor and photographer Lee Switzer at the People’s Gallery 109 Exhibition

Part of the central plinth in the gallery with a diversity of sculpture and creativity

Lee Switzer in conversation with Incubator stalwart, Nigel Gregory


The delicious afternoon tea in the gazebo

The guitarist

Creative team Baz Mantis and Jackie Gray

Trust Chair Ciska Vogelsgang (in the foreground the hardworking Tarnz)

Michell Estall listens intently

Part of the supporting crowd

More crowd!

Ciska Vogelsgang, Megan Peacock-Coyle and Aimee Driscoll

Mural created by Nick Eggleston and the Incubator team

Bay of Plenty Times Andrew Warner  with artist Deborah Forkert and Labour list MP Angela Warren-Clark

Sun Media’s Rosalie Liddle-Crawford wields the camera

The wonderful People’s Gallery art space at the Historic Village, part of the Incubator creative hub


And while you’re here:  The Incubator Creative Hub team in conjunction with the community has created a series of locally designed, original Christmas trees and decorations.   They are on the Downtown Tauranga Waterfront and are not to be missed.  

That observational Christmas cat. Nick Eggleston

Raranga artist and arts consultant Parewhati Taikato covers a tree

Tauranga artist Michelle Estall’s contemporary take on the traditional hei tiki form

Pillans Point School on Red Square

Iwi social services focused organisation TTW of Greerton

Tauranga’s Multicultural Society’s multicultural tree!

Omokoroa Artists and their Christmas creative contribution

Congratulations “inc”  this is another inspirational project!

Rosemary Balu. Rosemary Balu is the founding and current Managing Editor of ARTbop. Rosemary has arts and law degrees from the University of Auckland. She has been a working lawyer and has participated in a wide variety of community activities where information gathering, submission writing, community advocacy and education have been involved. Interested in all forms of the arts since childhood Rosemary is focused on further developing and expanding multi-media ARTbop as the magazine for all the creative arts in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.

AND DON’T FORGET THE AFFORDABLE ART & ARTISAN FAIR WILL BE BACK ON THE LAST SUNDAY IN JANUARY 2018 AT THE BLACK SHEEP BAR & GRILL, WHAKAMARAMA!  A very big thank you to everyone who participated in the inaugural market, the wonderful visitors, the businesses who supported us getting the Fair off the ground and the team at the Black Sheep Bar & Grill!  Check out Birgitt Shannon’s video of that day.

The Affordable Art & Artisan Fair at Whakamarama recommences January 2018 – ongoing last Sunday of every month


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