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Farewell Lois Livingston12 December, 2016

A memorial was held on Monday this week at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts at Waikato University to share love and memories of Lois.  The room was full with those who were able to reflect and share stories regarding the huge contribution she made both as a Waikato Regional councillor and in her wide reaching and passionate community work. 

Lois was a huge believer in the arts both as a participant and advocate.  Most recently she was central to the securement of the land on which Riverlea Theatre sits, for the theatre trust.

Lois will be greatly missed.


Photo credit -  Iain… Read more

Meet New Boosted Ambassador - Joe Hitchcock15 November, 2016

Meet Joe (and Dahlia) Hitchcock

Boosted has some exciting news in the form of new Boosted Ambassador - Joe Hitchcock. 

Joe has been involved in film and television since graduating from the University of Waikato in 2005. He has worked on big-budget Hollywood movies to micro-budget independent films, and travelled the Pacific to direct photography on a documentary series about Climate Change.

Winner of the AMP Scholarship in 2006, Joe animated a sweatshop comedy called The North Pole Deception which became the highlight of NZ's Show Me Shorts Film Festival 2010 (according to NZ Herald) along with a Best Direction nomination. His… Read more

The NZ Music Commission Musicians Mentoring Programme - applications are open15 November, 2016

Since 2001, the Musicians Mentoring in Schools Programme has connected New Zealand’s top musical artists with emerging young talent in schools from Kaitaia to Invercargill. More than 150 artists have shared their expertise in songwriting, instrumental and vocal technique, recording technology, and music industry insight – including Jon Toogood, Maisey Rika, Chris Mac of Six60 and Julia Deans. The Programme also supports teachers and students with NCEA Music Achievement Standards – allowing students to potentially earn four to six credits through their work with their Mentor.

In addition, the Programmes support the Ministry of Education’s Ka Hikitia – Managing for Success… Read more

Entries open for Harcourts Whangamata Art Challenge 2017 Challenge 15 November, 2016

The Whangamata Arts Collective are calling for exhibitors and artists for the Big Arts Day Out in January 2017. 
Harcourts, as the sponsors, have provided the prizes of $500, $300 and $200.
The judge is Auckland curator, Finn McCahon-Jones.

The Theme for the Harcourts Whangamata Art Challenge 2017 Challenge is “TOGETHERNESS”
The aim of the Arts Collective Whangamata/Harcourts Art Challenge is to foster and encourage artists living and working in the Coromandel Peninsula. The winning 3 prizes are proudly sponsored by HARCOURTS WHANGAMATA.
All the artworks are available for sale during the “Big Arts Day Out II” weekend. 
“The… Read more

A celebration and an activation on the Riff Raff Statue's Twelfth Birthday! 15 November, 2016

A celebration and an activation on the Riff Raff Statue's Twelfth Birthday! 

On Saturday 26th November The Riff Raff Public Art Trust and its Embassy Park Working Group are keen for performers and musicians of all kinds to claim Embassy Park as their own and to use it for busking, experiments, activism, celebration, whatever!

So to that end, a small Green Room has been included in the new Embassy Park Pavilion to provide street performers and musicians with a central and secure place to prepare for performances, gigs and shows in Embassy Park and across the Hamilton CBD. … Read more

International Judge Impressed with New Zealand Ceramics8 November, 2016

Looking to be surprised and moved, internationally-recognised Australian ceramicist and teacher Janet DeBoos found what she was looking for when selecting this year’s finalists for the annual Portage Ceramic Awards. Including five ceramic artists from the Waikato.

Convened by West Auckland’s Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery for the past 15 years, DeBoos had a challenging job deciding who would make the final cut from among the more than 200 entries received in 2016.

Having made her pre-selection from overseas, DeBoos flew to New Zealand to see each of the works “in the flesh,” before casting her final judgement. She selected 52 finalists – both recognised and emerging… Read more