Autumn All Aboard!

Autumn has well and truly arrived and the Octapod Team has dusted off the winter woolies in ready for the creative, chilly seasons ahead. New staff members have now nestled in – we’ve such a dynamic, fun team with plenty of vision and excitement moving forward. Key projects are well underway including plans for This is Not Art (TiNA) 2012, which is chugging along, full steam ahead!

Octapod is currently on the lookout for new members to join its Board. Anyone interested in the arts, with a background in fields as diverse as business development, urban planning, marketing or communications is invited to get involved. If you’re interested please contact our Chairperson, Alli Hammett via for more information.

Octapod is also currently accepting applications for Student Placements, Semester 2012. Positions are available across Octapod’s key projects including TiNA 2012, and various organisational roles. Student placements offer real-world experience in a busy arts environment in areas including marketing, communications, event management, urban planning and data collection. This opportunity is open to final year students at the University of Newcastle, Hunter TAFE and qualified persons looking for voluntary work in the arts. To find out more please click here.

What else is happening? Here’s plenty more on that latest on arts and culture across the Hunter:

PODspace Gallery Exhibition

Landscape – recent works by Eliza Adam

Eliza Adam began formal studies in visual art with The Queensland college of Art, Griffith University in 2000. Upon graduating in 2003, Eliza was selected to show as part of the Craft Queensland annual ‘Unleashed’ exhibition of graduating artists. In the years following Eliza has maintained an artistic practice whilst focusing on professional activities in arts management, gaining experience in gallery administration, curatorship and festival management.

Whilst working within arts management, Eliza spent a three-year period from 2007-2010 living and working in the East Kimberly Region of Western Australia. Throughout this period Eliza developed a deep respect for the people and landscape of this region. It is from this experience that Eliza’s most recent body of work draws influence responding directly to the landscape of this region.

Eliza’s latest work is now on display at PODspace Gallery until 21 April – don’t miss it!

Latest News from Culture Hunter

For all the latest cultural news, events and opportunities from across the Hunter, click here.

Featured Reviews

The Culture Hunter editorial team have been busy this past month. Here’s just two of the latest reviews presented.

REVIEW: Hunter Writers Centre – Creative Writing Course

Are you trying to master a memoir? Struggling with a short story? Floundering with flash fiction? Or perhaps you would just like to know the difference between these works of fiction? Discover the author within you at the Hunter Writers Centre. Last Saturday I attended their creative writing course, this course includes: memoir writing, flash fiction and the short story. The course is open to members and non-members and is suitable for the absolute beginner through to the budding Ernest Hemingway. More

REVIEW: London Klezmer Quartet

In case you were wondering (I was) “Klezmer” is derived from a Yiddish word meaning “vessel of songs”. I think that is positively poetic and it also suits this lively and engaging group of women very well. More

2012 Newcastle Emerging Artist Prize (NEAP)

Presented by Newcastle Community Arts Centre (NCAC), 2012 NEAP gives emerging artists the opportunity to win funding to assist in the ongoing development of their art practice and also showcase their work to a broader audience. To download this year’s entry form, click here. Entries due 14 May 2012.

Real Film Festival – 27-29 April 2012

2012 introduces an exciting new film event to the Hunter region. The Real Film Festival has been created to foster and develop the art of storytelling. A combination of feature film, documentary screenings and a short film competition, all based on true stories. The competition categories comprise of Best Director, Best Film, Best Student Film and The People’s Choice. There’s also a series of industry workshops run by some of the best practitioners in the business. Be part of something ‘real’ – the Real Film Festival. More