Inspiring Creative Partnerships

What a bumper blog this week!

Community Partnerships

In A Minute filmmaking

Octapod is a resource base for creative projects. One thing that particularly makes us wag our tails is working in partnership with artists and organisations to support participation in arts and cultural activities. If you have a project idea, don’t sit on your hands – unless you’re good at emailing or dialling phone numbers with your toes. Contact us and see if we can support your project! We have space and resources available and we can also help with advice, info, referrals and promotion through our networks and

One of the projects that Octapod has been able to support through our Seedpod project is Tara Jones’s “In A Minute” film-making course.  The course has now come to an end and Tara reports that it has been a great experience.

“Hopefully this is just the beginning for these ladies in the world of filmmaking. They plan to come into the Octapod to use the community media space to continue to work on their short films.”

“It has been great to start connecting these networks of people by creating together, and I look forward to more of it!”

Art Facilitators Workshop   

In another exciting community partnership, Octapod is supporting the Disability Hunter Network in promoting an inter-agency Art Show aimed at sharing skills, knowledge and experience in delivering art programs for the disability and mental health industries. If you facilitate art programs in these industries and would like to come along to learn or share your knowledge, please contact Adam Sandford.

The details of the session are: Monday 12th September, 10am – 12pm, Octapod, 401 Hunter St, Newcastle.  Adam Sandford, 4940 5000,

For more information, see

Opportunities at This Is Not Art 

With three weeks left until TiNA, the time for volunteering is most certainly upon us. There is a full list of volunteer roles now up on the website. See or put your hand up by emailing Mel on

And there is still space to fit your stall at the Sunday Zine Fair as well. Sunday fair will be a hive of creativity with loads of room to chat, trade ideas and just take in the atmosphere of passionate people who love what they do!! See for info, or contact Justine on

Octapod’s Zine Collection

The zine library has been visited and perused already! And a librarian of many years’ experience has come to give some time to the collection, which is fantastic! We are slowly getting the zines shelved in their new location.

Here are some cut-out-and-keep zine library facts:

–  There are now 1076 zines catalogued, probably about half the collection

–          Zines are shelved alphabetically by title, and “small” and “tiny” zines are shelved separately

–          The system is loosely based on one developed specially for zines by the Anchor Archive zine library

–      The most common first letter for titles of zines shelved so far is S

–       The zine of which we have the most issues is “Dilettantes and Heartless Manipulators”

Opportunity to Buy a Printer!

Octapod is selling two printers on ebay: for the larger printer/photocopier and for the smaller printer.

Opportunity to Pimp Your Profile can now handle a small video clip as part of users’ profiles, to “enhance your networking and promoting edge”. See for more.