Category Archives: News


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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This is Not Art (TiNA) 2016 program now online

TiNA 2016 celebrates Newcastle as a first rate creative city. Full festival program now online With six weeks until This is Not Art (TiNA) 2016 kicks off in Newcastle, the full festival program has now been released online. Boasting 191 free events over four days ranging from panels exploring contemporary arts practice, the ever popular […]

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This is Not Art (TiNA) digital program launch for 2016

Join us as we celebrate the digital launch of the This is Not Art (TINA) program for 2016!  To be held at Vinyl Cafe, one of our key Venue Partners for 2016. Enjoy some performances from local artists, meet the festival directors and check out this year’s program. Hosted by David Graham, National Young Writers’ Festival Co-Director and presenter of local Anti […]

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TiNA 2016 First Program Announcement

MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday 11 July 2016 First program announcement for This is Not Art 2016 highlights focus on collaboration and cross-festival pollination. This is Not Art (TiNA) celebrates Newcastle as a first rate creative city. Now in its 19th year, the festival has become an integral part of Newcastle’s arts calendar as […]

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TiNA volunteer/student placement call out

    TINA VOLUNTEER/STUDENT PLACEMENT CALL OUT 2016 TiNA is a four day free multi arts festival that happens over the October long weekend. 29 September – 2 October 2016. Get involved as either a student placement or volunteer. This Is Not Art thrives on the love, skills and talents of its dedicated volunteers – […]

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EOFY Sale: 30% off all merchandise

Get your Octapod or TiNA branded merchandise before 30 June 2016 for 30% off the regular price! Show your support for what we do and help us achieve our vision of a vibrant and inclusive creative sector in the Lower Hunter region. Choose between two styles of TiNA tees, a TiNA tote or two styles […]

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Important update to Culture Hunter

A small but significant change has been made to the Culture Hunter website. In order to post content to the site you now just fill out a form. Simple No more registering or worrying about forgetting your password when you log in. Just click the buttons on the right hand side of the home page – ‘ADD EVENT’ […]

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Octapod launches donation appeal with new organisational model

The launch of Octapod’s annual donation appeal marks a period of consolidation for the organisation, but also one of exciting leadership and development. With a long history of successful innovation creative projects such as This is Not Art, Urchin street magazine, Octapod Zine Library and TiN Radio (online radio station), recent years have seen the […]

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