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FREE This is Not Art Artist Application Workshop

Get tips on how to prepare an excellent proposal to present as part of Crack X Festival Critical Animals National Young Writers’ Festival at this FREE TiNA Artist Application workshop. Talk through your ideas with the festival team. If you can’t attend in person but would like to skype in, contact Christina via No need to RSVP – […]

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Octapod’s SeedPod recipient announced

Octapod is excited to announce the recipient of the Seedpod Youth Mentoring Program for 2018!  We will be working with awesome local artist, skater and super busy arts advocate Leeroy Chapman to get a grant to run a music, skate and art event at Mayfield’s Dangar Park in April 2018.  Stay tuned for info on […]

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Inclusion in the Arts Photo by Justine Cogan 2017

Inclusion in the Arts Program

Octapod presents a series of free guest presentations and panel discussions at Maitland Regional Art Gallery with Hunter region arts practitioners who are leading the way and inspiring change through inclusion.   The first in the series will be: ‘Resilience and Creative Practice’ Guest Presentation by Dr Riona Tindal Friday 23 February 10am – 12pm […]

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This is Not Art (TiNA) Artist Call Out OPEN 1 Feb – 31 Mar 2018

For 21 years This is Not Art (TiNA) has celebrated Newcastle as a first-rate creative city. As one of Australia’s leading contemporary and emerging arts festivals, TiNA provides a national platform for experimental and emerging arts practices. The festival supports artists to take risks, experiment, and extend the boundaries of their art forms and practices. […]

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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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