We believe that the arts is critical to the social, cultural and economic health of Newcastle and the Lower Hunter region.


Our Vision

Octapod is an arts organisation based in Newcastle with a vision of a diverse and thriving arts and cultural sector in the Lower Hunter region.

Our Mission
We provide leadership and cultural development initiatives to enhance the capacity of the region’s existing and emerging creative communities.



We focus on:

Providing leadership to the arts and cultural sector to support its resilience and sustainability.

Providing opportunities for artists to develop their creative and professional skills as well as test out new ideas.

Taking a community cultural development approach to supporting participation in the arts by diverse communities as creators, participants, audiences and leaders.


Find out more about how we support the SECTOR, ARTISTS and COMMUNITY of our region.