Octapod e-News August 2013

Welcome to our August 2013 newsletter featuring the latest from Octapod and arts and culture in the Hunter.

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Octapod has partnered with Newcastle design studio, Neon Zoo to revitalise the organisation’s identity. As Octapod’s official Design Partner, Neon Zoo has generously committed considerable time and talent refreshing the Octapod brand and the organisation’s key projects including This is Not Art (TiNA), PODspace Gallery and Culture Hunter. The new identity for Octapod and TiNA 2013 has now been rolled out – a huge thanks to the super talented, Neon Zoo for all their fabulous work.

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Created as a fundraising event in the lead-up to This is Not Art (TiNA), Octapod and The Lunaticks Society have joined forces to create a unique opportunity to fire one of two 6-inch Mk VII guns. Installed as the main armament in 1911 at the historic Fort Scratchley site, they are the only guns to ever have been used in crossfire on 8 June 1942 – the day World War II came to Newcastle. For your chance to fire one of the guns and help support TiNA 2013, get you raffle tickets here.

PODspace Gallery – Call for Curators
PODspace Gallery is currently looking for new volunteer curators to join the team. If you are an arts student, past or present, or have a strong desire to work in and amongst a gallery setting, then PODspace is a great place to start learning the ropes. While PODspace is currently operating outside a traditional gallery space, experimenting with pop-up style exhibitions the Gallery looks to move back to a regular exhibition space in 2014.

If you interested in becoming part of the PODspace Gallery team and would like to learn more please contact Octapod Director, Christina Robberds at admin@octapod.org or 0415 699 227.

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With the support of The City of Newcastle, Octapod facilitated another successful meeting of the Creative Access Network held recently at Wallsend Library. Twenty six interested participants from a variety of backgrounds enjoyed a valuable presentation by local Ability Links representatives, Thea Keane and Carly Britton. Participants also took part in a dynamic discussion about inclusive practice, focusing on practical and sustainable ways for artists and arts organisations to enhance their access, market their events and build new audiences particularly in the context of the launch of the DisabilityCare Australia scheme in Newcastle and the Hunter region.

Running Your Own Creative Business Workshop
AFTRS RYOCB Newcastle_Flyer 2013 - CopyPresented by Monica Davidson, Running Your Own Creative Business is absolutely essential for those seeking a successful career in any creative industry: film and television, visual artists, musicians, performers and writers. This workshop running 21 October at Newcastle Museum, is aimed at people working in creative fields but is also open to the wider community. MORE

Local Traders Loving TiNA
Every year, thousands of people converge on Newcastle, to experience one of Australia’s best known and well-loved festivals, This is Not Art (TiNA). Held over the October long weekend, TiNA celebrates emerging and experimental arts through delivery of over 200 free events to both local and out of town audience members. Activating 22 venues around the Newcastle CBD, the festival encourages audiences to meander through the city, exploring and discovering events and performances in places and spaces, both unusual and unexpected.

The huge influx of audiences into Newcastle’s CBD creates an injection of funds into local businesses, presenting great economic benefits and outcomes. This year, local businesses in Newcastle’s CBD are invited to show their support for the festival by participating in the Local Traders Loving TiNA program.

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stARTtalking is an initiative by Newcastle artist Kathie Bowtell, which aims to raise of awareness of the prevention of suicide, raise funds for Lifeline Newcastle & Hunter and support grieving families. Over the course of the next year, Kathie will create ten portraits of loved ones who have died by suicide, which will be unveiled at the inaugural exhibition in May 2014. The portraits will be available for purchase with all funds raised going to support Lifeline’s lifesaving work. MORE

Laman Street Art Prize – Nature Remembered
Hunter residents are invited to participate in the first Laman Street Art Prize, established to remember the Laman Street fig trees. Mediums include drawing, printmaking, clay, wood, fibre, metal or mixed media. Total prize money is $7,000 and deadline for entries is 1 December 2013. The inaugural Laman Street Art Prize exhibition will be held Friday 24 January to 9 February 2014. MORE

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The Confucius Institute at the University of Newcastle will produce Newcastle’s first China Festival this Sunday, 1 September at the University’s Callaghan Campus. The festival will be a vibrant cultural experience full of fun and fascinating performances, demonstrations and hands on workshops. MORE

Upcoming Hunter Writers Centre Workshops
During October Hunter Writers Centre is running workshops in Professional Self-Publishing and Newcomers Creative Writing. Register now to secure your place. MORE

Sensory Delight, Event Invite Front - CopySensory Delight Exhibition – Opening 5 September
Studio Bliss Designs is offering a unique opportunity to be fascinated, informed and delighted by a therapeutic artwork of sensory indulgence. Sensory Delight 2013 is a multi-sensory environment, created by artist, Bliss Cavanagh that promises to deliver a positive and unforgettable experience accessible to everyone. MORE

The Lock-Up Gallery: 2014 Exhibition Program Applications Now Open
The Lock-Up Cultural Centre is now accepting proposals for exhibitions in the Gallery throughout 2014. Closing date is Monday, 16 September 2013. MORE

Check out more of the latest arts and cultural news and events in the Hunter at culturehunter.org.