TiNA projects get green light!

Octapod and TiNA would like to say a BIG thank you to everyone who recently supported our Creative Partnerships Australia MATCH projects. Nine out of the ten projects reached their targets after running their own crowdfunding campaigns during May and June!

This is such exciting news as it means the funds raised will be matched dollar for dollar by  Creative Partnerships Australia through MATCH, a federally funded pilot program which invests in the independent arts sector by matching funds raised via crowd-funding. This pilot program has been offered by Creative Partnerships Australia and funded by the Federal Government.

As one of seventeen organisations selected nationally to be part of this pilot program, we are thrilled to be able to support the creation and presentation of new work at TiNA 2014.

Four of the projects are locally based, including:

Don’t Panic: After a sell-out launch of his comic book Storm Clouds, Ben Mitchell will present Don’t Panic, a 40-page sequel accompanied by a companion cassette featuring two original songs written and recorded in conjunction with the story.

Madhouse Radio: “Madhouse Radio” will be launching at this year’s This Is Not Art festival in Newcastle. The Madhouse Radio program will be a two hour weekly podcast featuring live and programmed content from independent and major label artists along with contributions from other industry figures.

Newcastle Mirage Limited Edition: Newcastle Mirage is fuelled by two basic ideas; promote Newcastle and its’ people, and be positive about everything we include. Newcastle Mirage will produce a special ‘This Is Not Art (TiNA)’ edition of their monthly printed street press zine. The TiNA edition will feature a coloured cover and will celebrate Newcastle arts and culture, produced by a number of Novacastrian’s  (someone who lives in Newcastle) who are genuinely excited by local events.

The Newcastle Weekender Festival: The Newcastle Weekender Festival will run in Newcastle from 2nd October – 5th October 2014, in proud partnership with the This is Not Art. The festival kicks off with three days/nights of programming at the limited capacity Terrace Bar, including: 10 year anniversary celebration of the closure of Bloody Fist Records curated by Mark N; two nights curated by ex Sound Summit & Spring Break director Chris Hearn; a handful of very special to-be-announced Headline Guests, and a stage of one-off collaborations between experimental musicians over film.

Other projects include:

Far Flung: Collaborated dance performance installation working with themes of distance, communication and place. Five artists working together, separated geographically, yet linked by technology. Work will be installed across various locations throughout the city, each day changing location. Audiences are invited to participate and interact.

Speak Easy Dinner: A participatory art project, with a small curated audience of 25, with key artists facilitating conversation about futures and arts practice, with key issues such as sustainability, art and wellness. The event will be recorded, videoed, tweeted bringing the aspects of real time into social media and web-based time.

Gale Force Wins: 6” Uncut will present a new live performance which incorporates an innovative blend of character driven story telling and a live interactive game show format. The performance will examine and critique notions of voyeurism, fame/infamy, mass consumerism and the reality TV genre.

Scum Magazine: Scum Mag will commission exclusive content for the zine, labouring over staplers, and releasing it out into the world in early October. So, what will the zine be like? Remember blue light discos? That’s the theme of the zine. 
Blue light discos were a transformative space of early subject-formation and bourgeoning sexuality. 
Nostalgia might be fun, but it is also dangerous. 

Interactive Visual Art Installations: Artist George Rose will create interactive visual art installations, including festival way-markers, outside of TiNA venues, which will help link the multiple venues used, across the city. This project serves a triple function of being responsive to site, fun and interactive for audiences and providing easier access for new visitors to the city.

We are now working with our projects to help get them ready for TiNA. Make sure you save the date: Thursday 2 – Sunday 5 October 2014.