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Octapod Christmas Break

The Octapod office will close on Thursday 21 December 2017 and reopen on Monday 8 January 2018. Thank you to everyone who has worked with us this year – we look forward to supporting a diverse and vibrant arts and cultural sector across the Lower Hunter in 2018! Cheers The Octapod Team

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Seedpod Mentoring 2018 - Mayfield Skate Park Project

CALL OUT | SeedPod Youth Mentoring Program

Octapod is launching the Seedpod Youth Mentoring Program for 2018 and applications are due very soon! We are seeking young artists or a group of young people who have a creative idea to activate Mayfield Skate Park during Youth Week in 2018. Seedpod is Octapod’s new youth mentoring program designed to provide real arts development opportunities for […]

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Join the This is Not Art 2018 team!

####CRITICAL ANIMALS DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL FRIDAY 1 DECEMBER #### Critical Animals, Crack Theatre Festival and the National Young Writers’ Festival are looking for new Co-Directors for 2018 and beyond. Now’s your chance to get involved behind the scenes! Critical Animals Co-Director Call Out The Critical Animals Creative Research Symposium is looking for a new Co-Director […]

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Inside Out Group Artist Studio Visit Photograph by Justine Cogan


Inside Out Artist Run Initiative exhibits at Maitland libraries Inside Out is a group of artists based in Maitland and surrounds who came together seeking inclusive mentoring and professional development opportunities. Octapod as Organisational Mentor supported two local artists Denise Duffy and Riona Tindal, in leadership roles to facilitate the group to develop skills, confidence and […]

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This is Not Art Audience Survey 2017

Wow! It’s hard to believe that TiNA is done for another year. After months of planning, much sweat and tears, we are stoked that so many people came to the festival and had a good time! Please fill out the 2017 Audience Survey for your CHANCE TO WIN a TiNA Merch Pack (featuring the brand […]

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Runway and Critical Animals are offering two travel bursaries to support emerging writers from the Hunter Region and Western Sydney to attend this year’s This is Not Art (TiNA) in Newcastle. Selected writers will attend the festival (28 September – 1 October) and report on the event for Runway’s online platform, Conversations. This is an exciting opportunity […]

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Disability Inclusion in the Arts workshop

Disability Inclusion in the Arts Workshop Friday 18 August 2017 McIntyre Theatrette Newcastle Museum 6 Workshop Way, Newcastle NSW 10am – 1pm   This half day workshop delivered by Accessible Arts is an opportunity for key arts organisations, arts and cultural groups and individual artists across all artforms to come together and increase their knowledge and […]

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Creative Streets – Transforming Maitland FREE WORKSHOP

Octapod will be running a FREE workshop to assist artists to develop high quality applications for the Maitland City Council Creative Streets program. The workshop will include: • How do you create work relating to ‘place’? • Engaging diverse audiences. • How to develop high quality grant applications (project planning and project conceptualisation skills). • Grant […]

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Disability Access and Inclusion Survey

Octapod will be offering Disability Awareness Training with Accessible Arts for the arts and cultural sector of Newcastle and the Lower Hunter region during 2017. We are conducting an initial survey to assess the needs of the local arts organisations, groups and individuals to be more accessible and inclusive for people with disability. The training will […]

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