Octapod e-News February 2013

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

NDIS Forum: Arts and the IndividualNDIS_logo_web
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will bring big changes to the way funding is allocated to people with disability. How that will impact on artists with disability will be explored in a free forum on Thursday 28 February at the Newcastle Museum. Presented by Accessible Arts in partnership with The City of Newcastle and Octapod, the ‘Arts and the Individual’ Forum’ will provide an opportunity for artists with disability, carers and service providers in the Hunter to explore issues and develop an approach to advocacy during the roll-out of the NDIS. MORE 

PODspace Gallery – Call for Artists
The PODspace team are busy putting together a pop-up style exhibition program in cafes around Newcastle. The team is currently looking for artists to exhibit work at Caffestry in Newcastle East. For more information or to get involved please email, podspace@octapod.org.

Digital Storytelling Project Kicks OffAC logo stacked
Through the support of Australia Council for the Arts, Octapod has engaged Tara Jones, a documentary filmmaker to work with African refugees at Penola House to produce digital stories about their experience of migration and life in Newcastle. After an initial series of 10 workshops, Tara will act as a mentor, assisting participants to engage with their own community to tell their stories. The Memory Room Narratives project kicks off this month.

Hunt for New Digs
Octapod is currently looking to rent a space (100m2 total) for both office and/or gallery in Wickham, Islington or Newcastle areas. We are open to sharing a larger space with a likeminded business or group/s. For more information please contact Christina Robberds on 0415 699 227 or email admin@octapod.org.

Muswellbrook Art Prize42nd Muswellbrook Art Prize 2013 – Entries Close 22 February
The 42nd Muswellbrook Art Prize includes three sections with total prize money of $30,000. Entries to this year’s competition close 22 February. MORE

Electrofringe Community Feedback Survey
Electrofringe turned 15 years old this year, and they’re taking the opportunity to step back, reflect and reconsider their role in Australia’s electronic and new media arts scene. If you’re part of the Electrofringe community you’re invited to complete a quick survey. MORE

Creating Spaces – Community Renewal Conference 12-14 March 2013
Newcastle will be home to Renew Australia’s community renewal conference, Creating Spaces between 12-14 March 2013. Creating Spaces will be the largest gathering of creative space activation enthusiasts to date where attendees will learn the impact and potential of creative activation of empty spaces with real-life examples from the people behind Renew Newcastle, Gap Filler (NZ) and Empty Shops Network (UK) and leave with the resources to begin similar schemes in their home towns. MORE

AutumnAB2013AdAutumn ART BAZAAR
Autumn ART BAZAAR 2013 is being held 10:00am – 3:00pm Sunday 10 March on the foreshore and grounds of Lake Macquarie Art Gallery. Visit the ART BAZAAR website for more including a full list of stallholders.

Archibald Prize 2013 – Entries Closing

The Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales (the Gallery) invite artists to submit paintings in competition for the Archibald Prize 2013. The prize will be awarded to the best portrait painting, preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics. The Archibald Prize is one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious art prizes. Entries close 8 March. MORE