The BOP has a home in MEREDITH!

Meredith residents might have noticed some little hums of activity at the old information centre over the past few months and wondered what was brewing. We can now confirm that after many months of planning and working out details, the building has found a new lease of life as the BOP Arts Co-op headquarters.

The BOP is a supportive, cooperative group of professional and hobbyist creatives hailing from Geelong through to Ballarat. The BOP has been working to promote the rich artistic potential of the region since its inception in 2016, but given the regional focus a permanent meeting place in the middle has always been the goal. The old information centre is perfectly located. By working closely with Golden Plains shire, BOP Director and founder Samantha Thompson has managed to secure a safe place for the community to come together to create art, learn from professionals, and inspire one another.

Keep an eye out in coming months for even more activity as the BOP starts to work on making the space fit for purpose. Expect workshops, exhibitions, and special events. And feel free to get involved – come and say hi, pitch your creative ideas, get inspired!

Written By Sarah Hart

News March 2017

BIG YEAR SO FAR, HERE ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS!

-The BOP has received a Grant from the Golden Plains Council to run a free mixed media workshop for Parents and Children. If you would like to register your interest please pop over to our Facebook page and check out the events section. Limited numbers so be quick (Children over 8, max 2 per family)

- The Bop directors are almost there on leasing a HQ in Meredith! We will be taking over the old Information center and we cant be more excited! As you can image there has been quite a few meetings, to get this project happening, but we have started to pencil in workshop etc in that space as of MAY 2017.  We have our fingers crossed that we will be in by then and it will be THE FIRST space just for the arts in the region. Stay tuned for more details.

- Golden Plains Art Trail - We had 6 BOP artists get involved this year and I think everyone had an successful weekend, well done!

- Our first Group BOP exhibition in getting bumped in on Thursday! And will be show casing 6 BOP artist with a combination of great art on display at Geelong Little Creatures. It will be hung for a month so get on down there for a bite and check it out! One till 30th April 2017.

-As ever, we welcome new members to join from all across the arts industries so don't be shy! This month we have welcomed several new faces, Im looking forward to getting to know you all at the many evens and exhibitions we hold.

- As a CO OP, it take a community to build a vibrant and rich arts culture, so if you have any ideas about grants, exhibitions or an idea for a workshop please share with the group!

Thanks all, X Head BOP Samantha

Annual General Meeting and a New Year!

Annual General Meeting and a New Year!

Thank you to all that attended the first Bop meeting, it was great to have met new faces and catch up. Co-ops are required to have one Annual Meeting a year so it was great to have achieved this in such a casual and enjoyable setting!

All members have been emailed the meeting notes.

The New Year brings with it new opportunities, including our first Annual Geelong based art exhibition. The entry form has been emailed to all current members, however if yours has not been delivered please let us know via email, (info@thebop.com.au) also in the works is a Ballarat based exhibition at the close of 2017, you will be updated you as the planning develops.

Several more workshops have been booked in, as well as numerous opportunities; achieved in conjunction with local community groups and the council to involve the arts in this region and beyond. Through securing places in arts markets and galleries for our members to sell and display their art and products.

All members are invited to the next meeting. (which will be held at the end of January.) To chat about new ways to get involved!

Merry Christmas and see you next year!

Samantha Thompson - Head BOP