BOP artists to showcase their work

Heather Kremen with Protected in the Night. Supplied photo.

Bay of Plenty artists are being offered an opportunity to be part of the first ever Bay of Plenty Artists Exhibition this year.

Friends of Rotorua Museum committee member Jo-Anne La Grouw says with Covid-19 restrictions and the Rotorua Museum closure, Bay of Plenty artists have had a tough time recently.

“Exhibition space is in short supply and opportunities for our Rotorua community to experience the creativity of our talented local artists is limited.

“We want to provide the exhibition space and at the same time raise funds for Rotorua Museum acquisitions and special projects.”

Artists from the Bay of Plenty will be able to submit one piece of work for an exhibition in Rotorua’s Lockwood Show home Village.

All works will be available for purchase and prospective buyers will have the advantage of viewing the works they fall in love with in a home environment.

Heather Kremen is a local artist who recognises the importance of having her work on display after winning the Toi Ohomai Innovation in Art Award with her work, Protected in the Night, at the 2019 Rotorua Museum Art Awards.

“I have been blown away at the variety and skill of artists in this area. An exhibition that showcases what can be done with time, imagination and skilled hands is something that I would look forward to seeing,” say Heather.

“I know from my own life what an inspiration it can be to see art produced by your friends, whānau, and neighbours.

“As an artist, I appreciate every opportunity to show off my chosen craft – glass – to the community of passionate and driven artists, artisans, and creatives here in Rotorua,” says Heather.

Conditions and Artist Submission Forms can be found on and

Artist Submission Forms need to be emailed to by 5pm, 1 October 2021.

The Bay of Plenty Artists Exhibition will open with a private preview for artists and guests on Sunday, November 7, then the exhibition will be open to the public from November 8 - December 12, from 10am – 4pm.

All commission proceeds from the sale of work will go to The Friends of the Museum for acquisition of new works or for funding Rotorua Museum special projects.

In the past The Friends have been involved with projects to re-frame works, provide new protective covers for textiles and will soon commission two heritage style lights for the Museum foyer.


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