‘Birds with Bling’ make a new nest.


As you may have heard Octapod has a new home. After trawling through many interesting Octapod artefacts, the job of settling into our new abode has begun.  The masses of zines, artworks, staplers, furniture, brown newspaper articles and miscellaneous stuff has either found a new owner or carefully been placed in boxes and moved to 401 Hunter St. It was an enormous effort made by the dedicated staff and volunteers and Octapod.  Car loads of history being carted out of TPI house with a few trips down nostalgic road being made on the way.

So what now?  Well other than a bit of rearranging and shelf stacking it is business as usual except there seems to be a bit more excitement in the air. With the waves of community support thrown at T.I.NA and the Octapod bound for a new street front exposure the ideas and enthusiasm are coming fast and thick. So watch this space for more inspiring art adventures coming our way.

Picture: Jean, Paul and Dwuan on the last stretch of the Octapod move.


In the meantime existing Octapod projects are gaining momentum. The  Birds with Bling workshop, part of Octapod’s Seed project, was a great success. The workshop was held last Sunday and involved adults and children making nifty bird shaped decoration for their gardens. Everyone enjoyed the sunshine whilst getting creative amongst a wonderful bunch of people.

Sunday’s workshop activities will happen on the last Sunday of the Month at the Figtree Community Gardens at the Croatian Club Wickham. The events are family friendly, so feel free to bring your kids.

Check out Helen Hopcrofts blog for more details.


Tara Jones is set to start her Seed Project next Monday at Penola House. Tara has 7 women of African background ready to learn the basics of film making. The women not only gain valuable technically knowledge from an established film maker but they will also get the chance to tell their own stories. We will keep you posted on the progress of these inspiring workshops and look forward the screening of the women’s short films in the upcoming weeks.


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OCTAPOD 401 Hunter St… a new beginning.