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Partnership promotes access and inclusion in the arts

Octapod has joined forces with St Vincent de Paul Society’s Ability Links and Early Links NSW to promote social inclusion and better access to the arts by people with disability across the Hunter region. This three year partnership seeks to build the capacity of artists and the creative sector to be accessible and inclusive and […]

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TiNA first program release

  Clowns, comedians and a whistle-blower to attend open invitation 18th Birthday Party for This is Not Art Since its humble beginnings, This is Not Art (known to friends as TiNA) has been Newcastle’s festival. These days, it’s all grown up and preparing to commemorate its 18th Birthday and reputation as one of Australia’s most […]

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VIDEO: Creative Access in Newcastle

Octapod has produced a 4 minute showreel that celebrates inclusive arts practice in Newcastle. Featuring a selection of artists and arts organisations committed to making their programs accessible and inclusive of people with disability, including the Hunter Writers Centre, Studio Bliss, Octapod and Open Cage Ensemble. Find out more about Octapod’s Creative Access Program and […]

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Volunteer | Student Placements now available

Get involved with Octapod through a volunteer or student placement and gain real world creative industries experience. We offer volunteer and student placements year round and currently have a range of positions available, including marketing interns, event management assistants, curatorial assistants and general TINA Festival volunteers.   Check out the full list of current volunteer and student […]

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Octapod AGM: New board | Annual Report 2014

At the Octapod Annual General Meeting held on Monday 15 June 2015, all existing board members successfully re-nominated for the board, and were joined by two new members, Bill Robertson and Jo McGregor. The Octapod board now consists of: Richard De Martin (Chair), John Biswas (Deputy Chair), Amanda Macokatic (Treasurer), Mitch Davies (Secretary), Martin McKenzie […]

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TiNA – First Co-Presenter Program announcement!

This October, the ninth annual Crack Theatre Festival will take over vacant spaces in Newcastle to present a range of new experimental performances from across Australia including theatre, visual arts, dance, circus, comedy and much more! Presented as part of the independent arts festival, This Is Not Art (TiNA), Crack Theatre Festival is an avenue […]

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FREE Placemaking Workshop with Tre Borden (USA): 5 June

Talk to Bec, Octapod, Ideation at Work and Newcastle NOW present a placemaking workshop with Tre Borden, a creative consultant and placemaker from Sacremento, USA. Hear from Tre about some of the projects he’s worked on including Exhibit S, a unique experiment of artist studios, gallery and gallery store that provided a collaborative platform for […]

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TiNA Survey: Tell us what you think

Produced by Octapod in Newcastle since 1998, This Is Not Art (known to friends as TiNA) has grown to become one of Australia’s leading contemporary and emerging arts festivals. Forever responding and evolving, TiNA fosters and celebrates creative innovation and experimentation across a diversity of practices. TiNA is here for all to enjoy, so we […]

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Smart Arts presents Good Governance – Building the Framework

Smart Arts presents ‘Good Governance – Building the Framework’, a tailored interactive workshop and training and consultation opportunity for local not for profit arts and cultural boards and committees, and the senior staff who support them. Leadership of a not for profit board or committee can be incredibly rewarding but sometimes governance is difficult to […]

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Call for nominations: Octapod Access Committee

### DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FRIDAY 12 JUNE 5PM ### Octapod is seeking nominations to form the inaugural Octapod Access Committee. This Committee will be responsible for providing advice and guidance regarding the development of Octapod‘s Creative Access Program in line with our Octapod Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2013-2017 and will be a sub-committee of the Octapod Board. Octapod supports the philosophy of ‘nothing about us, without us’ and therefore advocates […]

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