Inclusion in the Arts Program

Auslan Symbol jpgwhlchr-symbol pjgOctapod presents a series of free guest presentations and panel discussions at Maitland Regional Art Gallery with Hunter region arts practitioners who are leading the way and inspiring change through inclusion.


The first in the series will be:

‘Resilience and Creative Practice’

Guest Presentation by Dr Riona Tindal

Friday 23 February

10am – 12pm

The Art Factory, MRAG

Riona Tindal, a creative and passionate conservationist and artist completed her PhD in Natural History Illustration at the University of Newcastle in 2016. Riona recently expanded her career to become the Deaf Arts Officer with Accessible Arts and Co-facilitator of the Artist Run Initiative Inside Out in Maitland. Sharing her time between Sydney and the Hunter region, she is a passionate advocate for inclusive and accessible arts and culture for all.

Riona, born Deaf, grew up surrounded by nature and takes inspiration from the environment in her creative practice. Being Deaf, with its own unique isolation, discrimination, different communication methods and attitudes, Riona sees humour in her life and each day draws from an inbuilt resilience and passion for creativity. Deafness is not a main identifying part of her, nor is it a defining disability for Riona, but rather an aspect of a multifaceted part of her being.

A unique insight into Dr Tindal’s story and perspectives on applying for grants, arts residencies, curating and hanging artworks. Presentation followed by a Q and A.

ACCESS: This event is in a wheelchair accessible venue and will be Auslan interpreted.

RSVP: By 21 February to or call 4021 1605.

For other queries or access requirements please contact Justine at Octapod on 4021 1605 or




Other dates:

‘Creative Balance’

Guest Presentation by Denise Duffy

Newcastle Emerging Artist Prize 2017 Winner – Works on Paper

Friday 23 March

10am – 12pm

The Art Factory, MRAG

Denise Duffy, visual artist from Port Stephens connects her lifelong love of the sea with her creative practice to explore the boundaries between human and nature. The local environment provides inspiration for her recent works with paper, with the sea as her creative collaborator.

RSVP: By 21 March via or call 4021 1605.

‘Arts and Community – Inclusive Practice’

Panel Discussion

Friday 27 April

10am – 12pm

Panelists share their experiences of inclusive arts practice; challenges and insights.

RSVP: By 25 April via or call 4021 1605.

Social Media and Marketing – What works for who?

Panel Discussion

Friday 25 May

10am – 12pm

Panelists share their experiences of using social media, marketing themselves and what works for them.

RSVP: By 23 May via or call 4021 1605.

For other queries or access requirements please contact Justine at Octapod on 4021 1605 or

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