Zinefest Tauranga 2017


Organisers of the event, Hannah Wynn and Lynette Fisher were happy with the variety of creative talents at the event. It was held on the ground floor of the Tauranga Art Gallery. The tables with artists and their wares was surrounded by gallery walls painted as part of the Sara Hughes installation.

A good turnout for diversity in publishing from small handmade ‘accordion folding style’ cards to hardbound books. Matt Liggins built a wooden Real Pyramid Schemer Project. He entered the structure three times during the day to make drawings and talk to the public through a slot in the Pyramid.






Wellington artist Brent C. Willis actually lives in Upper Hutt but says it is still Wellington culture. He draws and writes several different character types. One style, the MoXon series began as a doddle while he worked in a call centre. ‘It’s pretty boring, you know.’ He was merging ink and paper when his co-worker, Ari Freeman, asked ‘what are you doing?’ After showing the drawing to the neighbour, they decided to write captions and draw panels. Brent would draw a panel, then pass it over and the fellow telephone worker who would draw and caption a panel then back to his workmate for further developing of the story. Brent compiles and publishes an annual magazine, Bristle. It is an anthology of fellow ziner art and stories.








Craig Phillips is a graphic artist based in Taupo. He often sketches an idea first with a coloured pencil, as he is here. Once the idea is confirmed, he draws the image in charcoal, then sprays it with a sealant. The next step involves scanning the drawing into a computer. After the drawing is scanned, he uses various colours and shadings in a computer programme to complete the art. A mock up for publication in an A4 size book like Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts, may initially be on a European size sheet roughly between A4 and A3. If he sells the book direct, he makes $10. If it is sold through a bookstore, he makes $2, if sold from an internet web site, he receives a miniscule $.30. Craig has a great web site with a very informative FAQ about professional development as an illustrator. Should an artist use an agent? What’s the process to move from idea to publication? This internationally known artist will answer your questions. http://craigphillips.com.au/





Loryn Engelsman (L) with Rachel Hope Peary (R) who uses a laser cutting machine for some of her work. More information and styles at www.rachelhopepeary.com


Long time artist Debbie Tipuna, makes her home in Maungatapu.  She recently returned from a three-month artist-in-resident, Italy. Debbie has illustrated a new book in collaboration with writer Angie Belcher, The Farmyard Idol.   Lee’s image shows Debbie giving a reminder of the and time of the 6 September 2017 book launch at the Tauranga library where she will read from the book and autograph books. This was a free event.  


For more exploratory adventure in comics and biographical information, see the free online 102 page publication New Zealand Comics and Graphic Novels edited by Dylan Horrocks


Lee Switzer: Lee is a regular contributor to ARTbop – photo essays, articles and poetry. Lee is multi-talented producing sought-after images of local artists and exhibitions. He has been an archival photographer around Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty for some years – the details of this body of work are below. You can find examples of Lee’s contributions in our ARTbop archives.

More photos by Lee Switzer
at http://tauranga.kete.net.nz/en/tauranga_city_libraries_history/topics/show/2538-article-index-lee-switzer



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       http://artbop.co.nz/nz-mural-contest-arts-festival-katikati/


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 rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz                 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.  

In process: Jordan Davey-Emms


Sat, 29/07/2017 (All day) to Sun, 10/09/2017 (All day)

As bodies in the world, we are swimming in fragments. We know moments of connection and linkage. But also the lurch and stutter of dislocation, re-sampling, and the portage of place. What does it mean to return to place? How to operate in the present?

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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