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Creative Communities Funding Rounds 2017

Napier City Council

Date: Mon Jan 30 – Fri Aug 18Time:

The Creative Communities funding round dates for 2017 have been released and are as follows:

March Funding Round

Opens 3 February

Closes 24 February

September Funding Round

Opens 28 July

Closes 18 August


More information and Application forms are available from the Napier Council website for the March funding round;

Let’s start the new year off with a bang and get your creativity working overtime!

Pecha Kucha

MTG and Magdalinos Room, HN

Date: Sat Mar 25 – Tue Oct 31Time: 6pm – 9pm

We know you’ve missed Pecha Kucha, so we’re busy putting together a fantastic line-up for 2017…
Dates for our four main PK events are 11 April – MTG, 30 May – Mag Room, Havelock North, 8 August – MTG, 31 October – Mag Room, Havelock North.We are kicking the year off with a Pecha Kucha at The Edible Garden Show at the Hastings A & P Showgrounds Saturday 25th March, from 4.30- 5.30 pm in “The Mahu Project” pavilion.
Wellness and Sustainability is the theme with 6 speakers rolled into one hour of Pecha Kucha goodness.
This is a boutique outing – accommodating only 70 people with pre-sale ticketing. Please email to book your ticket, $7 per person.
If you’re interested in presenting in 2017, or know someone who would be fabulous, please get in touch (either by return email or private message us on the Pecha Kucha Hawke’s Bay Facebook page). See you soon from the PK in the Bay team,

Lizzie Russell, Kate Howard, Roger King and Liffy Roberts.

Napier Civic Choir Concert Series 2017

Various Napier venues

Date: Fri Apr 7 – Sat Dec 16Time: 7.30pm – 11pm

An exciting year-long series of concerts brought to you by Napier Civic Choir. for information, or pick up a brochure at venues around Napier.

Artist Opportunity: Aesthetica Art Prize Call for Entries

Date: Mon May 1 – Thu Aug 31Time:

The 11th Aesthetica Art Prize is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established artists to further their involvement in the art world.

The award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by industry experts. Enter the prize for a chance to showcase your work to wider audiences.

Prizes include:

  • £5,000 prize money courtesy of Hiscox
  • Group exhibition hosted by Aesthetica
  • Editorial mention in Aesthetica Magazine
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology
  • £250 art supplies vouchers courtesy of Winsor & Newton
  • Art books courtesy of Prestel

Categories for entry: Photographic & Digital Art; Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture; Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media and Video, Installation & Performance.

Up to two works can be submitted per Entry Fee, except for the Video, Installation & Performance category in which one work can be submitted.

Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2017. For full entry requirements and to submit, visit


Chorus Cabinet Painting Competition - Call for Entries!

Napier City Council, 231 Hastings St, Napier 4110

Date: Wed May 24 – Fri Jun 30Time:

Time to paint the town red, yellow, blue…

Have you been waiting for the chance to leave your mark on Napier?

Cinzah Merkens Chorus Cabinet Art

Napier City Council, in association with Chorus, is once again holding a cabinet art competition and welcoming applications from artists keen to create designs for 10 currently unadorned cabinets owned by the company.

Even better, Chorus will pay each successful artist $1000 per painted box, and will reimburse the cost of each artist’s materials.

Unlike last year, there is no theme – artists are free to let their imaginations run wild!

This year’s cabinet locations are; York Ave, Hyderabad Road, Latham Street, Wharerangi Road, Niven Street, the corner of Kenny Road and Te Awa Ave, McGrath Street, Coventry Ave, Plunket Street, and Leicester Street.

Turning these plainly painted boxes into works of art has proved a great defence against graffiti. The boxes often tell stories about the communities in which they are located and bring new meaning to the term “street art”.

Chorus will make the final decision on which artists are selected, and arrange for images of all finished art to be included on the Chorus website. They may also be considered for the annual Chorus Cabinet Art Calendar.

Napier Mayor Bill Dalton is delighted that Chorus has once again undertaken this project here in Napier. “Our reputation for beautiful and accessible street art is growing every year and I’m all for it. Alongside our wonderful murals, which I’m a big fan of, I’m looking forward to seeing our local artists’ take on wider themes close to their hearts. I would love to see some of our new citizens to New Zealand, young students and the young at heart make their mark on these cabinets.”

Applications must include the following: a brief bio of the applicant, including contact details, an A4 sketch of the design, the location chosen, and a short description of the meaning behind the design.

Multiple applications from the same person will be accepted, and each application will be considered for more than one location if indicated by the applicant.

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 30 June. All applications can be emailed to Wikitoria Murphy or by post to Napier City Council, 231 Hastings Street, Napier 4110, ATTN Wikitoria Murphy.

Image caption: Artist Cinzah Merkens transformed this cabinet into a work of art in 2016.

Proposals wanted for Port Ahuriri tragedy monument

Napier City Council, 231 Hastings St, Napier 4110

Date: Wed Jun 7 – Mon Jul 3Time:

Napier City Council is seeking proposals for an art installation to commemorate the 1932 sinking of the launch Doris in which 10 men tragically drowned.

The story of the Doris tragedy is not widely known, nor commemorated, as local historian Michael Fowler pointed out in an article published late last year. He suggested a memorial could be installed on Perfume Point Reserve near the entrance to Port Ahuriri (off Nelson Quay) and Council agreed.

The Doris, which had 31 men on board, collided with a lighter, the Tu Atu late at night on 28 December 1932. Quick reactions from those aboard a nearby tugboat, the Coralie, and those onboard a lifeboat launched from the Tu Atu, meant most, but not all, were able to be saved.

Coming so soon after the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake when the dead men’s families were still trying to rebuild their lives meant the sinking was a terrible blow not just for them, but for Napier.

Council, in partnership with Mr Fowler and members of the Old Customhouse Trust, Ahuriri, would like to hear from any artists interested in creating this unique installation. The deadline for proposals, which must be submitted to the Napier City Council reception marked attention to the Director Community Services, is Monday 3 July.

For more information, download the artists brief, history and location map using the link below:

Good luck to all of our local community artists! You got this!

Hawke's Bay Live Poets' Society 25th Anniversary book

See email address for submission of poetry

Date: Mon Jun 12 – Fri Jun 30Time:

A final reminder for those who’d like to contribute poems for our 25th anniversary poetry book.

This is a opportunity to register your involvement in Hawke’s Bay live poetry that may not recur in your lifetime, so please think hard about whether or not you really want to miss out.

Poems should be emailed to Sonia MacKenzie at as soon as possible, because compiling the book may require a lot of editorial work, and the more time there is for Sonia to complete this, the better! Thank you!

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