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Arts and cultural sector survey

Octapod’s vision is of a thriving and inclusive arts and cultural sector in Newcastle and the Lower Hunter region. In its 20th year, Octapod is now funded by Create NSW to provide leadership to the region’s arts and cultural sector and creative communities through capacity building and cultural development initiatives. We want to hear from you […]

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Write Up! Live Reading

“Invisible and chronic illness and disability differs greatly from acute illness. It slides along as the undercurrent, emerging in surprising places.“ Kerri Shying – Peer Convener, Write-Up! Write-Up! is a group of writers who identify as living with disability of some kind – we formed a peer-support group and have been working together since late […]

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Board members wanted

Octapod is looking for four new people to join the board at the upcoming AGM in May. As an organisation that seeks to contribute to a sustainable creative sector in the Hunter, we are looking for people to join the team who have bright ideas, relevant skills and connections across the community, government and private sectors. […]

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NOW OPEN: Critical Animals Project Curator EOI

The Critical Animals Creative Research Symposium and The Lock-Up are looking for a Project Curator for 2017 to develop an exhibition that will be presented as part of the This is Not Art (TiNA) festival. The successful applicant will work alongside the ongoing Co-Directors of Critical Animals and The Lock-Up staff in the facilitation of […]

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Youth Lead Direction in Street Art

Youth leaders will host a street art workshop during Youth Week 2017. With funding from a Newcastle City Council Youth Week Grant, young artists will gather at Pachamama House in Hamilton on Saturday 1 April to facilitate a Graffiti Art Workshop coordinated by UP&UP and supported by Octapod. Youth workers, established graffiti artists and a […]

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Newcastle Museum x Critical Animals – Museum Collection Intervention Opportunity for Artists and Writers

Critical Animals is thrilled to be able to announce that they will be presenting our contributing artists, researchers and writers the opportunity to create new works that respond to objects within the Newcastle Museum’s collection and to present their resulting work within the Museum throughout the TiNA weekend. They are looking for proposals for new works to […]

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Makin’ (This is Not) Art Possible

Join us for a special FREE event for Novocastrian writers, theatre makers and artists. Come and meet This is Not Art (TiNA) festival directors as well as local arts industry experts for a powow aimed at improving your skills at writing arts applications. So if you’ve got a burning idea or a soul just bursting […]

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This is Not Art (TiNA) Artist Call Out NOW OPEN

The annual TiNA Artist Call Out is now open! Artists are invited to apply directly to co-presenters National Young Writers’ Festival,  Critical Animals and Crack Theatre Festival. For 20 years This is Not Art 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 […]

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Holiday dates

As the year draws to a close we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported Octapod during the past year. As a small arts organisation we have been very fortunate to have received considerable pro bono support to help us deliver our program. In regional centres like Newcastle community supporters are the […]

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Inside Out #3

Octapod and Maitland Regional Art Gallery welcomes the you, and everyone from the local arts community, to attend the third gathering in a series of inclusive and accessible events to build the professional development and networking opportunities of the Maitland arts community. Come along and contribute to the conversation about the creative opportunities and professional […]

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