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Latest Newsletter from Taupo Art Connection

Latest Newsletter from Taupo Art Connection
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Taupo Art Connection is an inclusive arts group formed to bring independent Taupo region visual artists together.  From the professional to the enthusiastic hobbyist, from painters to sculptors and printmakers, the group provides the opportunity for artists and art lovers to socialise, network, share and encourage each other creatively. The group represents a commitment to creating a vibrant, active arts community that benefits artists and ensures a fulfilling arts experience for visitors to the region.

Welcome to our Newsletter!

There's some exciting stuff happening so read on...

Please forward this to your friends or art colleagues - encourage them to subscribe on the website themselves to keep up with what's on in the Taupo art community. Anyone can sign up to for news and updates here. We'd like to see more artists, galleries and businesses on the website, too.

If you would like to join us, Taupo Art Connection meets on the first Wednesday each month. Click here for the next meeting.

  TAC Chat - 5.30pm Wednesday 7 February

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Our first TAC Chat for 2018 will be held at Taupō Museum. A last chance to check out our Beautiful Marks exhibition and kick off a new year of creative connections.

Bring a bottle and a plate of nibbles and enjoy catching up with other arty folk. 

Each artist exhibiting in Beautiiful Marks will have the opportunity to chat about their work, learning more about what goes into an artist statement and there will be a brief 'debrief' based on the survey below.

Where: Taupō Museum, Story Place, Taupo
When: 5.30pm Wednesday 7 February 2018
drinks and nibbles.

We'd love you to join us for a casual, friendly evening to meet and mingle with other artists. More...

 Beautiful Marks Exhibition closes 12 February

Only 2+ weeks to go and last chance to return to the exhibition and buy that special piece of art you've had your eye on.

If you'd like to give your feedback on the exhibition as an artist or visitor go to the survey here or copy this link to your browser - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/S5WNPXG to fill in the brief survey. Survey closes Tuesday 30 January.

The artist demonstrations in January have had great reviews. You can still catch sculptor Gerard McMullan on 26 January, printmaker Sally-Ann Davies on 28 January and printmaker Maggie Dawson on 31 January. For more information click here.

Huge thanks to all the artists demonstrating over the holiday month - Carole Cornes, Sue Graham, Gerard Mc Mullan, Diane Grant, Maggie Dawson and Sally-Ann Davies for giving your time to work away in the museum and chat to visitors.


Saturday 27 January until Tuesday 6 February

Turangi Artworks Inc hold their annual exhibition and sale at Shop 45, Turangi Town Centre.

Fibre art, ceramic art, pottery, painting, Quilting, Jewellery, Photography.

Opening Friday 26 January at 5.30pm

 ARTS GRANTS - funding round opens 29 January

Do you have an art project or event that needs funding? 

Grant application forms for both Creative Taupo and Creative Communities Scheme will be available to download on the 29th January. For forms and more information click here or go to the Creative Communities Scheme page at Taupo District Council.


 ART TRAIL 2018 - Expressions of Interest

It's time to start thinking about Art Trail 2018 and we would like expressions of interest so we can form an email list and send out more information.

As last year we will be offering an earlybird package that includes Art Trail fee (for guide with maps), website listing and membership renewal. 

The website is currently getting an update which will mean you will all have a listing on the website that gives visitors a direct click through to your information from the Art Trail page. This is very exciting and should make for a better visitor experience to get to know more about each artist / gallery.

To let us know your interest by 31 January, please email info@taupoartconnection.org.nz

 Taupo Winter Festival 2018 - Expressions of Interest

Taupo Art Connection and Active Arts have got together to plan what we might do for Taupo Winter Festival this year (13 - 15 July).

Both groups intend to collaborate to bring a range of fun family-oriented visual arts activities to the festival. These will be held at the Active Arts Taupo building.


Workshops on Sat 14th & Sun 15th July for families / children. For these we need your ideas of what you might do, what materials/equipment you would need, costs of materials and how you would get children involved.

Please email* your proposal for your workshop by 31 January as we will be applying for funding to Creative Taupo / Creative Communities Scheme in February.

It's also sugggested that we include on the weekend:
  • Takeaway/goodie bags - for workshop attendees, these could include TAC & Active Arts information/fliers, workshop fliers, sponsors' goodies, etc. Let us know if you any ideas or sponsors for the bags or goodies.
  • Open Days Sat 14th & Sun 15th July - a display day of visual arts by both groups' members. Media for visual display - printmaking, pottery, painting, spinning, pumice carving,
  • Art Competition with a People's Choice Award. The entries to be displayed and for sale. Venue, theme, prize and other details TBC.
We look forward to hearing from those of you who want to participate. *Please reply to info@taupoartconnection.org.nz


Keep an eye on our What's On page for workshops and events coming in 2018. To get you started... 


2 - 6 Feb - Learning to Sculpt Retreat - places still left

3 - 24 Feb - Acrylic Painting Course with Sue Graham

4 - 25 Feb - Watercolour Painting Course with Sue Graham

11 Feb - Monoprinting on a Gelatine Plate with Maggie Dawson 

24 Feb - Weekend Print Workshops #1 with Maggie Dawson



26 January 5.30pm at Rotorua Arts Village

EXHIBITIONS at Taupō Museum - Check out the full programme for 2018.

For more information on workshops and events click here...  Check out our Facebook page, too.

 Urban Sketchers Taupo

Urban Sketchers Taupo meet this month on Saturday 10 February from 10 am - 12pm at Stir Cafe, Taupo Marina, Ferry Road.

Gather up your sketchbook and drawing kit for a fun morning of sketching.

This delightful, informal group meets once a month on the second Saturday from 10am. Sketchers may also meet at other times during the week. To keep in touch go to the group's Facebook page


HUGE THANKS TO MERCER BUSINESS PARTNERS for partnering with Taupo Art Connection to provide Xero and financial advisory services to our group. We are excited that this new partnership will help us take our group to the next level in it's organisational structure and financial oversight.

To find out more about Mercer Business Partners' financial, accounting and advisory services - go to www.mercerbp.co.nz.


 Thanks to Creative Taupo and Creative New Zealand Creative Communities Scheme for funding the website project to bring greater access to and  promotion of artists and the arts in the Great Lake Taupo area.

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Posted: Fri 01 Dec 2017