How thrilled we are to announce that Bayleys Real Estate has come on board as the festival’s platinum sponsor and principal event partner. Bayleys Bay of Plenty/Waikato sponsorship manager Allison Stewart with our festival director Marc Anderson. Allison says Bayleys considers the festival to be a “wonderful and inspiring event”.
The 2018 BOP Garden and Art Festival also has a new hub! This year the festival hub will be at The Tauranga Historic Village. During the festival (Nov15-18) the site will even have a name – Bloom in the Bay. Festival director Marc Anderson says The Village has the space and facilities to complement the festival – perfect for showcasing the event.
Marc Anderson Festival Director - pictured with Bayleys Bay of Plenty/Waikato sponsorship manager Allison Stewart and Historic Village Team Leader - Blair Graham.
Keen for your artistic flair to add to the creative flavour of the next BOP Garden & Art Festival?
If so, it's time to make contact. The festival team is not only out checking prospective gardens, but is also calling for a show of interest from artists, from the Western Bay of Plenty and beyond.
Festival director Marc Anderson says the festival provides artists with the ideal opportunity to exhibit and a high number of art stops will be part of the festival journey. Festival goers will get to see artists exhibiting in outdoor green galleries, and in some cases, in their private studios.
One of those who thoroughly enjoyed being involved in last year's festival is Tauranga's Emma Prill, whose original art and quality prints have been shown in art exhibitions both in New Zealand and internationally.
Emma exhibited a collection of her limited edition giclée prints at the festival hub during the last festival. (She was also an exhibitor in the festival's early days.)
“I chose to be in the festival because I felt my flower garden works have an obvious theme connection to the festival. I enjoyed being part of a festival that celebrates the beauty of nature and gardens.”
She says her work, using acrylic on canvas, references the long and ever-changing relationship we have with the natural world, flowers, and our gardens.
Emma says she enjoyed the festival atmosphere and it led to sales during the festival, and afterwards, from those who viewed her work during the event.
“It was a really good way of promoting my work and exhibiting in a different context,” she says.
The 2018 festival will be held from Thursday November 15 to Sunday November 18.
The hunt is on for gardens to include in next year’sBAy of Plenty Garden and Art Festival.
Interested in the possibility of your garden featuring in the November 2018 event? Know someone who’s done an excellent job flexing their green fingers and should be sharing the joy of their labours? The Bay of Plenty Garden and Art Festival team is keen to hear.
Members of the festival team have been out visiting gardens already – some are festivals favourites, others are returning after a break, and there are exciting newcomers too. But, they are keen to see more, as the plan is to feature 60 gardens from throughout the Western Bay of Plenty in 2018. Gardeners who are interested, but unsure whether their gardens will make the cut, are encouraged to make contact.
Lara Bui, whose garden featured for the first-time last festival is full of positive feedback for those considering submitting their gardens.
“We encourage anyone thinking about being part of the festival to put their garden forward. We found it to be a really rewarding experience sharing our garden with our local and wider community”.
The 2018 festival will be held over four days with all gardens open for the duration. It will be held from Thursday November 15 to Sunday November 18.