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January 2021

Happy New Year <<First Name>>,

Our first newsletter for 2021 starts on a high note with the welcome of new Gallery director, Stephen Cleland and his whānau on Friday, January 15 at Tauranga Art Gallery.

We are currently working with the Gallery to arrange a Friends meet and greet with the new director so keep an eye out for more details on this coming soon.

As well as organizing this event, we’ve been working hard on a great line up of events for 2021. The first one will be in mid-February and you can find all the details below. Places are limited so be in quick to RSVP.

Your Friends Committee,
Bridget, Sue, Dot, Marama, Emma, Jill & Sam

Photos courtesy of the Tauranga Art Gallery

Art at Home with Kathryn & Kevin Clout 
Sunday, February 14 from 2 - 4pm
Long term Friend, Kathryn Clout, is inviting us to celebrate the new year in her beautiful garden.

Enjoy a glass of bubbles and nibbles while catching up with Friends, before being given a sneak peek into the Clout's art collection.

The cost is $10 to attend. This is an exclusive Friends event and numbers are limited! RSVP by Feb 5 to
Art Movies at Rialto
Tauranga Rialto cinema has three Art movies screening this summer: 
Maverick ModiglianiBotticelli, Florence and The Medici and Raphael: the Young Prodigy.
The first to show is Maverick Modigliani, which delves into the story of Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920), a remarkable talent that surpassed legend and stereotypes.

The Friends committee will be attending the Saturday February 6 screening at 10.30am. Join us beforehand for a coffee in the foyer! For all movie times visit

Watch the Maverick Modigliani Movie Trailer
We are very proud to be sponsoring the Acorn Foundation Junior Art Awards, recently launched by the Tauranga Art Gallery.

The Gallery's vision is to create an exceptional art experience for young creative minds, whilst engaging and inspiring our local community. The Junior Art Awards & Exhibition (opening April 3) is open to children between 4 – 14 years of age who live in the Bay of Plenty region.

As annual supporters of the Tauranga Art Gallery education programme, which brings thousands of local children into the Gallery every year, we felt this was a natural progression of this support.

For more information on the Awards visit
TAG Art Studio for Children: Catching Shadows
Thursday, 4 February, 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Ages: 6 - 8 year-olds
$20 per child
Due to the popularity of this sold out age group for the January Holiday Programme, the Gallery has brought it back for a one-off after school workshop. Working with ink and pen on high quality paper, children will create their own whimsical illustration made up of creatures, objects and abstract shapes.

TAG Art Studio for Adults: Ink Illustrations
Wednesday, 17 February, 5pm - 7pm
Ages: 18+
$40 per participant
Catering for the beginner or sometimes artist, this workshop for adults will provide a creative and friendly environment to receive tuition from one of the Gallery’s professional art educator's. Working with ink and pen on high quality paper, participants will create their own whimsical illustration.

Image credit: John Roy, Catching Shadows (series), 2012, ink and pen on paper
Tony Fomison: Lost in the Dark
Monday, 15 February 2021, from 1:30pm

Hear about Tony Fomison, his artwork & art practice, presented by Tauranga Art Gallery resident art historians Ellie Smith & Ben Abdale-Weir.

Free entry, koha appreciated.

Image Credit: Portrait of a lag (kitchen), 1970, Christchurch, by Tony Fomison. Purchased 1972 with Ellen Eames Collection funds. Te Papa (1972-0037-1)
Are you ready for
Valentine's Day?

Tauranga Art Gallery Shop is the place to find unique Valentine’s Day gifts. Browse the unique range instore to be prepared for February 14.

Livewires card $6 & Jo Luping Pacific Aroha bowl $15
Friends Committee: 
Chair: Bridget Cummins 027 4935782
Treasurer: Emma Wright

Fundraising: Dorothy Forbes
Memberships: Sue Speirs
Events: Jill Andrews

Secretary: Marama Mateparae
Newsletter & Social Media: Samantha Wilkie

General email:
Mail address: Friends of the Tauranga Art Gallery, PO Box 13255, Tauranga, 3141
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