Founded in 1997, Octapod is a non-profit organisation that supports a diverse and thriving arts and cultural sector in the Lower Hunter region. We provide strategic leadership, support and frameworks to help build the cultural, social and economic capacity of the region’s creative sector and increase participation in arts and cultural activities.


You can get involved with Octapod in lots of ways:

Sign up for one of our newsletters for the latest news:

Culture Hunter – Octapod’s monthly newsletter – the latest arts news, events and opportunities around the Lower Hunter.

Creative Access News – semi regular newsletter – find out about access and inclusion in the arts in Newcastle and the Lower Hunter.

TiNA – semi regular festival updates.


Octapod members have access to unique career development opportunities such as auspicing services and PODadvice. Find out about special events, get exclusive discounts on merchandise and have voting rights at our Annual General Meeting. Join today.

If you would like to show your support and help contribute to the Lower Hunter’s arts community, please consider making a tax deductible donation to the Octapod Cultural Activities Fund.

Volunteer/student placement program

Get the edge on a career in the creative sector by participating in our volunteer or student placement program.

Buy some Octapod or TiNA merchandise where all proceeds go directly back to the organisation.

Contact us to find out how you can get involved and support the Lower Hunter’s vibrant arts and cultural sector.

Photo: Inside Out Maitland Artist Run Initiative meeting 2017: Photo: Justine Cogan