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First meeting of Coromandel Arts and Creative Industries Advisory Board20 December, 2016

The Coromandel Arts and Creative Industries Advisory Board met for the first time on 9 December 2016. The establishment of the Board comes as one of the actions to advance the Coromandel Arts and Creative Industries Strategy, which was adopted by Council in June 2016.

"The most important immediate step from the strategy is setting up the Board which creates a clear advocacy body for the arts and creative industries in the Coromandel. The aim of the Board is to implement the community arts strategy in a way that supports the whole district by working better together moving forward," says Scott… Read more

My World, My Vision, peek inside a child's creative mind16 December, 2016

Ashok Kochhar, is an internationally renowned photographer from India and is based in Hamilton whilst on his 500-day journey project.

During his stay, Ashok has set out to capture the Waikato and New Zealand, and has shared his knowledge and love of photography through a series of free workshops he's hosted at Creative Waikato. He plans to publish a photography book of his work here in the next few months.

Wrapping up a busy year in the Waikato, Ashok presented a unique exhibition at Creative Waikato entitled 'My World’. 

‘My World’ is an initiative where 40 disposable cameras were given to… Read more

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