Category Archives: News


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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EXHIBITION | Not My Place….Is it Yours?

Octapod is pleased to present the Not My Place exhibition in conjunction with the Artist Run Initiative Newcastle (ARIN) on Saturday 5 November 2-4pm at The Stage in The Emporium, 185 Hunter St Mall, Newcastle. This exhibition is the culmination of twelve months of inclusive and accessible professional development and peer support opportunities for a group of emerging artists who work […]

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Write Up!

Write Up! is a program of inclusive and accessible peer support, mentoring and professional development opportunities for writers of all abilities. With a focus on professional development experiences such as organised workshops, guest presentations and opportunities to connect with key literary arts communities, events and professionals, the group will also share ideas and support for creative […]

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Volunteer Treasurer wanted for Octapod board

After two years as the Octapod Treasurer, Amanda Mackokatic is stepping down from the role to further her accounting studies. The opportunity exists for someone new to take on the role and contribute their accounting skills to the organisation. As one of NSWs leading regional arts and culture organisations, Octapod works to build the capacity […]

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Inside Out Group Leader – Inclusive Artist Run Initiatives

Inside Out is an inclusive arts development program for Maitland creatives to explore professional opportunities within their local arts community. It offers two inclusive and accessible events at Maitland Regional Art Gallery in 2016 and a unique short term mentoring opportunity for an artist to build their leadership and artist run initiative group facilitation skills. […]

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Hey there! You’re invited to This is Not Art 2016

Welcome to Newcastle 2016 will be the year TiNA turned Newcastle green. Of course, I mean this in a very literal sense. As we enter our 19th annual, This is Not Art (TiNA) Festival, I extend the invitation to all local businesses, cafes, shops and restaurants to show their support by adopting TiNA’s neon green […]

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SMART ARTS | The Business of Creativity Gets Smart

A program to enhance the economic viability of Newcastle’s creatives & to encourage collaboration between creative minds. Smart Arts is launching a series of professional development events in Newcastle after working successfully with the energetic Port Stephens creative community during the first half of the year. Two specialised workshops – ‘The Business of Being Creative’ […]

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#FriendsofTiNA2016: Show your Support

TiNA provides a unique opportunity for artists across Australia to come together, share work, and test ideas in a national platform and for the community to experience this creativity whilst exploring Newcastle’s CBD. The Festival is run by volunteers, for the love of art. TiNA is a proudly FREE festival offering more than 190 events across the October long weekend. It’s the four days of the year […]

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