Get involved with Octapod as a volunteer and get the edge on a career in the arts and cultural sector.

Octapod is a non profit arts organisation that is passionate about a vibrant and inclusive arts and cultural sector in the Greater Newcastle region.

Through the This is Not Art festival (TiNA) we offer a range of professional development opportunities for those interested in a career in the arts. Getting involved with Octapod as a volunteer is a great way to build professional, industry-relevant skills, networks and confidence.

Various festival roles will be advertised here in August 2019. Check back then for more details.

These roles are suitable for people in the early stage of their career.

All Octapod volunteers receive a formal induction as well as ongoing support and supervision from staff.

Here’s what people say about getting involved with Octapod

“…Completing a student placement with Octapod gave me the opportunity to learn new skills and put others into practice. The friendly and hands on environment made my experience one to remember. During my placement, I was able to start networking with like-minded people, giving me the foundation to start my career. It was an absolute pleasure to be a part of the Octapod team and I would highly encourage others to take the opportunity.” Brittany Price, This is Not Art (TiNA) Festival Assistant, 2018 

“…Undertaking a student placement with Octapod and This is Not Art as Marketing/Communications Coordinator has been a huge stepping stone on my professional path. I’ve gained confidence in my skills, been allowed the freedom to make strategic and creative decisions, and had a chance to work behind the scenes of a nationally-renowned arts festival.

Octapod and TiNA have built up a position of influence as leaders in arts and culture and the creative industries in Newcastle. Stepping into this workplace culture has opened my eyes to the ways that arts organisations can uplift communities, create positive change and support inclusive values.” Callum Roberts, This is Not Art (TiNA) Marketing Manager, 2018

Become a Volunteer

If you are a professional with an interest in contributing your skills for the benefit of the community – consider becoming an Octapod Associate. This involves providing substantial pro bono support in your area of expertise to assist us with specific projects from time to time.

    Fill out the form below to register your interest in volunteering with Octapod. We will get back to you within 1 week to discuss your application.

    If you would prefer to make a verbal application, please either email admin@octapod.org or leave a message on 02 4021 1605 to make a time to chat.

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