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TiNA artist applications NOW OPEN!

Artist applications for This is Not Art (TINA) 2015 are now open! As one of the nation’s leading contemporary and emerging arts festivals, TiNA continues to create experimental environments where artists can test and exchange ideas that belong outside of institutions. Produced by Octapod in Newcastle since 1998, TiNA has grown to become one of […]

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LMCAG Arts and Disability Programming Forum

This forum will bring together people working in the fields of disability, mental health and arts to discuss what services and arts programs are currently available in the region. The key aim of the session is to formulate how partnerships and networking can maximise positive outcomes for the sector including programming under the NDIS. The day […]

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TiNA Artist Info Sessions

Are you an artist interested in presenting work at TiNA 2015?   Applications from individuals and groups are accepted annually via the Artist Call Outs from each co-presenter. 9th – 30th March 2015 (close midnight). This year we are holding three info sessions to give artists the opportunity to find out more about what’s involved […]

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Culture Hunter: New Year. New Look

Culture Hunter has been revamped! We hope you like the new look and improved functionality. So, what’s new about Culture Hunter? The site revolves around a Directory, Events, News and Resources. The Directory is now categorised according to art form, region and type (individual, group or organisation) which means it’s easier to find out who’s who across the […]

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Mentoring and auspicing services now available

For a long time Octapod has auspiced projects on an ad hoc basis, including the Cultural STOMP Festival and Critical Animals, and we’ve always provided advice to artists – but now we are making it official, with the launch of our auspicing and mentoring services. Open to financial members who are Legends or Ambassadors, our auspicing […]

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New board member wanted

Octapod is seeking a new board member to join the team. This is a voluntary position that would suit someone with fundraising experience. The basic commitment is a 2 hour monthly meeting on the 3rd Monday of the month (6-8pm). Given the nature of this role, we would also like the new board member to […]

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Curators wanted for PODspace 2015

Octapod is offering curators the opportunity to get involved with PODspace on a voluntary basis by curating an exhibition in 2015. Following on from the success in 2014 of pop up exhibitions being curated by Alison Smith and Nicole Chaffey (Transit Town at The Station Masters Cottage at Nobbys Lighthouse), Gillean Shaw and Michaela Swan (Other […]

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New co-presenters wanted for TiNA 2015

JOIN US Octapod is looking for new co-presenters to join TiNA in 2015. Moving into 2015 and beyond, an annual call out will be announced to invite applications from organisations or groups interested in getting involved with TiNA at a programming level. This process will allow TINA to respond to emerging art practices and ensure the […]

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Smart Arts WORKSHOP: Think Big

Think Big A tailored, interactive workshop for small to medium creative enterprises and individuals on how to put ‘thinking’, ‘creative’ and ‘collaboration’ into business. The way to a successful future will be through collaborations – new and old (The Joined Up Innovation Report, March 2014), so join Newcastle’s creative practitioners and arts managers to focus […]

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‘Identity’ exhibition: Call for Artists

Octapod is calling for artists with disability or mental illness to get involved with an exhibition to be held at the Newcastle Art Space (NAS) as part of the PODspace pop up exhibition program in April/May 2015. The theme for the exhibition is ‘identity’ – a universal theme that we can all relate to. What defines who […]

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