Category Archives: News

Was It As Good For You?

So TINA is over again. That whirlwind of activity and creativity that hurtles through Newcastle every Spring is clattering off into the distance leaving a wake of exhausted artists and organisers. (The office is closed this week while everyone takes a bit of a breath.) Octapod would like to congratulate all those involved in this […]

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This Is Not Art is upon us. Are you ready?

The Octapod is alive and bustling with T.I.N.A volunteers, festival coordinators and frantic zine makers asking for long arm staplers. This Is Not Art is on the cusp of kicking off and fingers crossed the programs will arrive at the door any moment. It’s nail biting stuff. So what do you need to do to […]

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This Is Not Art Program 2011

TINA Festival Of course, the office at the Pod is bustling now with growing TINA activity. The venues map is on the wall, the phone is running hot, and nearly all our energy is pointing towards TINA from now until the 29th. Programme Online The festival programme has gone to the printers and the online […]

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Inspiring Creative Partnerships

What a bumper blog this week! Community Partnerships In A Minute filmmaking Octapod is a resource base for creative projects. One thing that particularly makes us wag our tails is working in partnership with artists and organisations to support participation in arts and cultural activities. If you have a project idea, don’t sit on your […]

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Put Some Spring In Your Step

Zine Library Octapod’s famous “nationally significant” collection of over 2,000 zines is back on the shelves in the new premises at 401 Hunter St and will soon be ready for perusal by enthusiastic zine-perusers such as yourself. Former resident zine librarian Frances Howe has been working on the library this week and we expect to […]

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It’s film, don’t you know

“Community Arts and Media” is our tagline. Arts everywhere but what about the media? Well Octapod has an exciting spread of film media activities happening in the new location! It’s all about joining in, around here, as you’ll see when you read about what we’ve got going on. Now – Tara Jones is running a […]

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THIS IS NOT ART 2011. Its time to get excited.

Thanks to the incredible support from the Australian arts community, the This Is Not art Festival 2011 will go ahead.  So it is time to start getting excited. This Is Not Art is like Christmas for me and my friends or ‘surrogate family’. They all come home. The phone calls start in September from interstate. […]

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‘Birds with Bling’ make a new nest.

NEW LOCATION As you may have heard Octapod has a new home. After trawling through many interesting Octapod artefacts, the job of settling into our new abode has begun.  The masses of zines, artworks, staplers, furniture, brown newspaper articles and miscellaneous stuff has either found a new owner or carefully been placed in boxes and […]

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Announcement…..T.I.N.A 2011 is saved !!!!!

This Is Not Art and Octapod would like to express our heart-felt gratitude for the incredible community support that has not only raised a massive $8,750 through the Pozible site but has created the catalyst for other much needed financial support. The  Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) is a not-for-profit, member-based company which provides practical support […]

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Keep the Lights and Sound on This Is Not Art Festival

According to Festival Coordinator Eliza Adam, TINA has been notified that its current triennial funding would not be renewed.  This means with just 12 weeks until the annual arts festival is scheduled to kick-off the TINA operational budget is $18,000 short of its financial need. “Without this money there is a very real threat to […]

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