All is calm, all is bright

It’s our first Christmas in our shiny new location! The street frontage at 401 Hunter St is an exciting opportunity for meeting new friends passing by and PODspace has already made great use of the window in two exhibitions.

Ceremonial ribbon cutting

Octapod will close for more than month in the Summer. The holidays here start on Friday afternoon and the doors re-open with the first PODspace exhibition for 2012, on Wednesday 1st February. We hope you all have a wonderful New Year celebration and we look forward to all the exciting arts and media things we can do together next year.


There are two new opportunities for paid positions next year. One is a part-time position, Business and Funding Development Coordinator, for someone who’s keen to work on relationships with organisations that represent a possible source of funding for Octapod projects. The role is for 15 hours a week and applications close on 19th January. Details available from

The other is a short-term contract of 40 hours and is to develop an accessibility strategy to encourage people from diverse backgrounds (people with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people from indigenous backgrounds) to get involved in our activities. We will send a callout about this position in January.


PODspace gallery has had a huge year with a complete dismantling and rebuilding of its space and will take a break over Christmas and the New Year.  The gallery will open with another exciting group exhibition from local emerging artists at the beginning of February 2012.

PODspace Constellations Opening Night

OPEN HOUSE: group exhibition will be on exhibition from 1 – 17 Feb 2012.

The opening night will be Thursday 2 Feb from 6pm.

We hope to see you all then!

New Year’s Revolutions

You will notice, if you go to, that the redeveloped site has gone live. It is up-to-date with what’s going on here and how things work now, and we think you’ll also find it easier to use and find information on. It also has info about the perks of becoming an Octapod member and how to sign up for 2012, it really is worth checking out. is also close to completing its upgrade, with a relaunch planned for next year, highlighting the new networking features that will make it the most brill arts-focused free online directory in the Hunter Valley.

2012 also sees the fruition of our development workshops on focusing on business skills and networking opportunities. This is an idea that has come out of a lot of communication with Octapod users and members and is an exciting in the direction of one of Octapod’s major aims – artist development.

Octapod staff, board members and volunteers

All is calm, all is bright

Other Octapod initiatives will continue next year. This Is Not Art starts early, getting organised for the following Spring, and Capsule, the monthly short films night, will be back again in February.

And the nationally recognised Zine Library. It just sits there! But that’s a good thing, in a library, because when people come in to peruse it as they have done frequently, it’s always there to welcome them into its angular metal arms.

This Is Not Art 2011

So finally, all the staff and volunteers at Octapod would like to thank all for your kind support  and wish you a very merry Christmas!!!!