Octapod e-News October 2012

Welcome to our latest newsletter. TiNA has wrapped up for another year and wow, what a festival! Thanks to all festival goers and our supporters for helping make TiNA 2012 possible. Keep reading for more on the latest at Octapod and arts
and culture in the Hunter.

TiNA 2012 Feedback
With another fantastic TiNA festival under our belt it is now time to reflect and look back on what was a “beautiful whirlwind of art, learning and fun”, which provided opportunities for artists and the like to share and inspire each other through focused performances, workshops, panels and discussions.

For emerging artists, TiNA festival, with its open-access model, is always seen as a “great platform to present a participatory work and gain audience feedback”, amongst the “culture of friendly sociability; everyone keen to chat and be introduced, talk about shows, share knowledge and strike up friendships.”

For many first timers to the festival this year, it has definitely made it onto their annual cultural calendar and Octapod and the creative TiNA team are already looking towards a more digitally developed festival model for 2013, including a curated visual art stream, more digital sounds and overall achieving a broader-audience experience for the people of Newcastle.

Hunter Artsworker Database Call Out
The Hunter Artsworker Database is a resource that can be used by organisations that wish to employ an artist who has experience working with people with disability. It will be housed online on culturehunter.org, the cultural database for the Hunter region under the ‘Cultural Resources’ section of the Directory. The database will list artists according to artform, with a link back to individual artist profiles on culturehunter.org, outlining their arts practice and experience working with people with disability.

The database is expected to launch November 2012 and we are now calling for artists who have experience working with people with disability to register. MORE

PODspace Gallery Exhibition 
PODspace Gallery presents, ‘Cut and Paste’, an exhibition by Mandy Robinson. Cut and Paste is an exhibition of collages in various forms. As a basis for these, Mandy has used a variety of found images and objects, in combination with her own drawings, to which scissors and paste, needle and thread, and some digital assembly techniques have been applied. The exhibition is running until Saturday, 27 October. MORE

Latest News from culturehunter.org
Visit culturehunter.org for all the latest cultural news, events, reviews and opportunities from across the Hunter.

UoN One Minute Movie Competition
What would a new student need to know about using technology at the University of Newcastle (UoN)? Create a short movie that is positive, fun and helpful that can be used as a resource to assist new students with technology at Uni such as Facebook, Twitter, Blackboard and Mobile Learn, MyHub, The University web site, the Library, computer labs, WiFi etc. Your movie needs to include the competition signature item (a seahorse) and accessible from YouTube. 1st Prize $1,500, 2nd Prize $1,000, 3rd Prize $500. Entries close 5pm, 29 October 2012. MORE

The Big Draw
The City of Newcastle is calling for expressions of interest from local artists and educators to run public drawing activities at The Big Draw Newcastle, on 25 January 2013, from 10am – 4pm. This is an opportunity to have fun, develop skills and get paid. Information session is being held 6:00 – 7:45pm Wednesday, 24 October at The Lovett Gallery, Newcastle Region Library, Laman Street Newcastle. The session will be facilitated by illustrator Liz Anelli who has been involved in many Big Draw events in the UK. MORE

Waste Knot – Call for Expressions of Interest
L!vesites/Newcastle NOW is currently calling for expressions of interest from artists interested in exhibiting their work at the annual outdoor Waste Knot event being held 1-2 December 2012. This year’s theme is ‘Rethink, Reuse, Remake, Recycle’, which easily translates to the many environmental issues that are relevant our region’s rivers and harbour: water, wastewater, recycling, sustainability and storm water management. Entries close 19 November. MORE

Olive Tree Market Poster Design Competition
L!The Olive Tree Market is excited to launch the first The Olive Tree Market Christmas Poster Design Competition! The objective is to create something visually striking, engaging and vibrant. There will be an exhibition of the competition finalists at Suspension Cafe, the winning poster will be used for the Christmas Marketing Campaign which will feature on posters, postcards and in local print media and the winner will receive $300 + a $200 Eckersleys gift voucher and small prize pack. MORE

Summer Art Bazaar – Call for Stallholders
HAN is currently calling for stallholders for this year’s Summer Art Bazaar being held at Civic Park Newcastle, Saturday 1 December. Over the last 9 years, Art Bazaar has become a highly anticipated event for both the public and participating stallholders. It has stimulated the arts community and increased public awareness of the Hunter’s diverse artistic culture, successfully displaying the many individuals, groups, organisations and businesses. MORE