PODspace Update

The FUNDRAISER exhibition has come down to make way for the next.  It has been an exciting and successful start to the new gallery.  We have had many compliments on the new space and positive feedback about the move to Hunter Street.

Art critic, Jill Stowell from the Newcastle Herald commented on PODspace  “in it’s new shop-front location, it is evident how important this gallery has become” on page 20 in H2 of Saturday’s paper 26 Nov.

Our next and final exhibition for 2011 will be:


A drawing exhibition by graduating students from Ad Dip of Fine Arts from the Newcastle Art School, Hunter St TAFE.

Exhibition dates: 7 – 17 Dec 2011

Opening night: THURSDAY 8 Dec from 6-8pm

The team at PODspace hope to see you next Thursday night, 7 Dec for the opening of this exhibition.

Octapod Launch

The Octapod Launch last Friday 2ndDecember was a success with a room full of smiling faces and beautiful music provided by Phoebe Daicos. MP Tim Owen attended and presented a NSW Government Community Awards to Alli Hammett for her community and volunteer work.  After the official business of speeches and ceremonial ribbon cutting, staff, board members and guests unwound and enjoyed themselves.

MP Tim Owen presenting award to Alli Hammett

Ceremonial ribbon cutting

A thank you from our Chairperson:

Thank you to everyone who contributed to make this event happen, in particular the staff at Octapod who do a brilliant job! Of course these events do not happen without the support of our volunteers who are always there to support our events & projects! So thank you! …. I feel a special mention needs to go to Mitch, one of the volunteers who served drinks all evening & made everyone feel welcome. Thank you! I wish to also thank all the guests who attended on the night and for making the event a success. It was great to see people enjoying the art and music, & networking across areas of business, arts, government and NGO’s.  My final thanks you go to MP Tim Owen who attended the launch on behalf of the NSW Minister for Art, Hon George Souis, and officially opened the new Octapod space. He also announced the government’s commitment to $125,000 in funding to Octapod for next year!

Regards, Alli Hammett, Chairperson Octapod Board

MP Tim Owen with Octapod Board and staff

Hunter Arts Access Network Meeting

The inaugural Hunter Arts Access Network meeting is happening at Maitland Art Gallery, Friday 10th December, 11am- 1 pm. If you would like to rsvp all the details are available on

Part-time Business and Funding Development Coordinator

Octapod will soon be advertising for a part-time Business and Funding Development Coordinator, so keep your eyes and ears peeled. Watch this space!!