Pachamama House revamp

Since moving into Pachamama House Community Hub in mid January this year, we have been busy settling into our new office and coordinating a mural project made possible via a City of Newcastle Make Your Place grant.

We engaged Jessica Coughlan, a local artist, to work with tenants to design a concept that reflected the essence of the space – i.e. a community incubator and social change activator. Pachamama House takes its name from Pachamama, a South American earth goddess and opened in late 2013.

The mural plays with the vibrant blue of the existing blinds and features an oversized female figure – Pachamama, reimagined in an urban environment – scattering seeds across the building. The seeds represent the ideas of the many non-profit organisations now based at Pachamama House, including Octapod, The Wilderness Society, University of the Third Age (U3A), The Greens, Refugee Action Network Newcastle, and GET UP as well as the creative individuals who use the space as a studio or workshop. The hope is that our ideas will germinate and grow in the community.

Octapod would like to thank all the tenants who gave up their time and resources to contribute to this mural project. Special thanks goes to Jess Coughlan for creating such a vibrant and dynamic mural, and to the City of Newcastle for their financial support via their Make Your Place grant program.

We are now planning a launch event in October. More details coming soon.