After the extravaganza of theatre, writing, electronica and all kinds of diverse and exciting art-forms that TINA brings, Octapod is remembering another of our great loves – visual art. We have exciting visions of the networking and collaborative opportunities that the new space will bring. And there are fantastic things that Octapod is already doing to support artists – both in professional development and creative development.
PODSpace is the artist-run initiative that Octapod supports. Until the new gallery is fitted out, PODSpace will be offering the front window as a 24/7 exhibition space. Currently showing is Penny Dunstan’s piece The Armour of God and here’s a picture of it. Artists interested in exhibiting there should contact email@example.com
Octapod is working with the Disability Hunter Network to support the development of artists with a disability. Workshops are taking place in the Black Box Theatre at the Newcastle Community Arts Centre and started on Monday with a ceramics workshop run by Sandra Lee Brown. This Friday 14th October, Nicole Chaffey will be facilitating a Drawing and Painting workshop and then next Monday 17th October, Ken O’Regan will encourage people to get creative with Found And Recycled Objects. An exhibition will be held in December – watch out for details! Entries close in November.
As well as a local What’s On site, Culture Hunter is a great resource for artists. Membership is free and artists can create a profile (now with video capabilities!) and upload samples of their work. You can also post news and events, and the culturehunter.org editorial team may even review your exhibition or event. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
And we are very excited to launch Capsule – a themed, monthly short films night at Octapod.
Launch Night next Thursday, 20th October, 7 – 9pm
At Octapod, 401 Hunter St
Free for Octapod members! $3 / $2 for non-members.
Dwuan LaTrobe, film-maker and co-curator of Brain Pocket Projections, will kick-start the series with a theme of “Tributes and Mash-ups” – a night where we look at the re-authoring of film in pop culture. Showing shorts and a documentary from his collection, Dwuan also asks you to bring along your favourite mash-ups or re-edits to show on the night.