Octapod e-News January 2013

home-sweet-homeHome Sweet Home
Happy new year everyone! After relocating to Newcastle Community Arts Centre (NCAC) late last year and taking a well-deserved break, Octapod is now back and settling into our new home. This is a temporary arrangement while we seek long term accommodation for our office and PODspace Gallery. In the meantime we are thoroughly enjoying being surrounded by so many talented artists!

Our new contact details are: Suite 22, NCAC, 246 Parry Street, Hamilton East NSW 2303 Phone: 02 4021 1139

PODspace Gallery logoPODspace Gallery About to Pop
During Octapod’s period of transition to a new home, PODspace Gallery will be experimenting with a pop-up style exhibition format. The team is currently checking out possible sites including cafes and shopfronts. You can stay up-to-date with the latest news, including how to get involved as an artist or venue by liking the PODspace Gallery Facebook page.

Digital Storytelling Project to Commence Next Month
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 teach them film production skills and then mentor them for six months to further boost their skills. We’re super excited about this project as it has been a long held dream of Octapod’s Director, Christina Robberds to facilitate such a program.

NDIS_logo_webNDIS Forum: Arts and the Individual, 28 February
In partnership with Accessible Arts and The City of Newcastle, Octapod is working to deliver a forum about the impact of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) on artists with disability. This free forum is open to anyone with an interest in this area – whether as an artist with disability, artsworker seeking to develop their professional skills, carers, or representatives from arts and disability organisations. For more information or to register, visit the Accessible Arts website.

Critical Animals Co-Director Call Out
The Critical Animals Creative Research Symposium is looking for a new Co-Director. The successful applicant will work alongside current Directors, Beau Deurwaarder and Sophie Lamond and Festival Manager, Tulleah Pearce. Interested researchers, thinkers, artists and organisers should send a CV and covering letter to criticalanimals@gmail.com. Applications due Friday, 1 February. For more information, visit the Critical Animals website.

Creative Writing for Newcomers
Have you always wanted to write or been writing at home alone for years? Do you want to write your life story or family history in an engaging way? Then join Hunter Writers Centre’s newcomers’ writing course on 6 February.

Membership with the Hunter Writers Centre for 2013 is also now open. If you’re interested in supporting the organisation to help nurture and promote writing culture in the Hunter, as well as receive some great perks, join HWC today.

Design Contest to Brand NobbysNewcastleNow logo
Newcastle NOW and L!vesites are calling for Expressions of Interest from local artists and graphic designers to identify a brand for Nobbys Lighthouse. The brand will be used on the Newcastle NOW website, signage on the grounds, and all marketing collateral, which includes weddings and paid for events. Applications close 11 February – brand designs, which will be publicly exhibited from 17 February before a winner is announced early March. For more details, visit the Newcastle Now website.

Art Appraisal Day, 13 February
Ever wondered what your most loved piece of art is worth? Join Senior Art Specialist, Merryn Schriever at Newcastle Art Gallery and uncover the history of your work of art and its potential value. Presented by Deutscher and Hackett Auction House, the appraisal day will consist of 15 minute consultations held from 10:00am; bookings essential. MORE

Push for Funds to Help ‘Struggling Artists’
The Greens are calling for room in the federal budget to help young artists make a living and support risk-taking art. The Greens arts policy includes a $3 million a year Artists Fund, “to assist in the payment of artists’ fees and help artists make a living from their art”; $5 million a year for an Art and Research Development grant program to support experimentation and risk-taking; and $2 million for Playing Australia – the body which administers grants for performing arts tours. MORE

Summer Cinema at the LighthouseSummer Cinema at the Lighthouse
The Other Film Society (TOFS) is proud to announce its much anticipated, Summer Cinema at The Lighthouse. TOFS will host three outdoor cinema events at one of Newcastle’s most beautiful and iconic locations, Nobbys Beach Lighthouse. Enjoy breathtaking views as the sun goes down and the stars come out! The season will be held across three Saturday dates; 19 January, 16 February and 16 March. MORE

Newcastle Belly Dance Festival, 15-17 February
The Newcastle Belly Dance Festival is a fantastic weekend offering workshops in Oriental, Tribal, Fusion Belly Dance and Drumming with many of Australia’s most highly acclaimed and innovative teachers. Visit the Newcastle Belly Dance website for more.