'The visual arts are alive and well in Tauranga. I’m continually amazed at what we have on show in and around the city as well as all the hard working creative talent we have living amongst us. Tauranga is a growing city and it’s great to see the visual arts becoming an integral part of our city’s well-being and development. People moving to Tauranga with an interest in culture and the arts will be heartened by what has been achieved to date and we look forward to an interesting future filled with creativity'. 

Pete Morris 

Pete is an occasional painter and an art lover. He is a free-lance writer with a particular interest in promoting the visual arts in Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty. Click here to learn more.

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Nick Eggleston working on his painting ‘Icarus, Icarus Don’t Be So Ridiculous’.
Last week an exhibition of exciting new works by watercolourist Nick Eggleston opened at Zohar Gallery in Mount Maunganui. The
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I first met Nick in 2007 when he was teaching watercolour painting at Tauranga’s Historic Village. It was there that
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The Bellringer by Janice Giles .
It is only in the past two years that Janice Giles has returned to the intense experience of producing art
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Tauranga artist Janice Giles has continued to work experimentally with both content and technique since winning the Tauranga Society of
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Janice Giles has been a counsellor for many years and often creates works that reflect her consideration of what it
Nic Clegg hard at work in his studio (March 2012).
‘Strangers in a Crowd’ is Tauranga sculptor Nic Clegg’s first solo exhibition in New Zealand.
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Peter Cramond's latest exhibition 'Disturbing Calm' comes from a difficult period in the artist's life where he reflects on life's
Katherine Steed's Godwit Series .
Tauranga artist Katherine Steeds' Godwit Series is an on-going heartfelt exploration where she uses her meticulous paintings and drawings to
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“A stick and a beach can provide an infinite number of creative possibilities. Our imaginations and the collaborative effort of
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To commemorate 150 years since the Battles of Gate Pa and Te Ranga in 1864 an art exhibition was held
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A walk through the city of Tauranga will reveal a number of stone carvings.
Justice League by Owen Dippie.
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Mandy Williams in her studio (2013).
On 16th November 2013, Zeus Gallery on Tauranga's 11th Avenue plays host to Bay of Plenty artist Mandy Williams' first
Meandering by Fiona Goulding (2013).
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Tauranga Quartet by Nigel Brown (2008-2009).
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The Incubator, Tauranga (2013).
Many art lovers will have read Rosemary Balu's ArtBoP newsletters that have been circulating around the Bay of Plenty for
Gourd Sculpture by Tuti Tukaokao  (Grey Street, Tauranga).
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Mangatawa by Bryce Brown.
Tauranga artist Bryce Brown has gifted his painting ‘Mangatawa’ to the Tauranga City Council’s Civic Art Collection.
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Rex O'Brien helping to install The Sea's That Way by Peter Cramond (2013).
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Ernestine Conrad at work in her studio (2013).
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Painted piano at The Incubator (2013).
Looks like the Historic Village on 17th Avenue East is fast becoming the heart of Tauranga's visual arts scene.
Coni in her Mount Maunganui studio (2013).
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Reach For The Sky by Doreen McNeill (2013).
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It was great to see a turnout of over 100 persons at the public art forum held on the evening
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Salvador Dali by Jos Coufreur (2013).
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ArtBox Studio and Gallery, Ngongotaha (2013).
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Jim Colzato and camera (2013).
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Tauranga Artist Elliot Mason (2013).
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Tauranga sculptor Ashley Grant (2013).
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Painter Kristian Lomath at work (2013).
Lovers of art will soon have the opportunity to see Kristian Lomath paintings in a ground-breaking exhibition of new works
Painter Doreen McNeill at work (2013).
I was delighted to be asked to write a few words about accomplished and well-respected artist Doreen McNeill's new exhibition
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Baycourt Community & Arts Centre, Tauranga (2013).
Recently Tauranga resident Nyree Sherlock sent me an email asking if I could help find some missing murals that were
This Way Up by Linda Elliott (2013).
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Sculptor Anna Korver at work (2013).
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Tauranga sculptor Captain Rob Murdoch (2012).
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Justice League by Owen Dippie.
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Ken Wright's career started in England with a 4 year course at Lincoln College of Art where he studied all
Bud by Graham Crow (2012).
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An Artist's Lament to His Beach by Peter Cramond (2011).
The gateway, 'An Artist's Lament to His Beach', was erected at Papamoa Beach by local artist Peter Cramond after the

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