Making Art Accessible

PODSpace Launches in New Space

This week the first exhibition at our new space opened on Thursday nightto a packed gallery!  Jonathan Carroll from The Herald came along and took several snaps for the social pages.  If you missed out spotting yourself or a friend in Monday the 21st of November’s paper check out page 67.  You’ll see contributing artists: Lezlie Tilley, Peter Speight and PODspace’s Jen Denzin among others.

The gallery buzzed with excitement and chatter. Current PODspacer, Jen Denzin welcomed everybody to the new space while Alison Smith, former PODspacer and now Assistant Director at The University of Newcastle Gallery opened this amazing first show. Smith said “embracing change can only be a positive thing” and we at PODspace are certainly hoping for great things to come out of this unplanned move.

It was great to see some red dots flying around the gallery and there are still some fantastic works for sale. Or if you missed the opening-exhibition, drop in and have a look and we welcome you back to see future shows!  To stay up to date visit our blog:

The FUNDRAISER exhibition ends in 2weeks on Saturday, 3 December.  Gallery hours are 12noon – 5pm.

If you’re interested in volunteering, get in touch with us. We’d love volunteers who are interested in helping out on opening nights (Thursdays 6-8pm) and to assist during installation.  Or if you’re really keen and would like to experience what it’s like to be on a volunteer artist-run gallery committee, we’d love to hear from you too!! Just shoot us an email:

Artistic Ability

The Disability Network Hunter is a collaboration of local disability support organisations and individuals with the aim of promoting full integration and equity for all people at all levels of the community. Just one of the many things they do together is the Art Counts project, which aims to provide opportunities for all artists with disabilities to not only showcase their unique talents and gifts but to engage with the community through a creative medium . Octapod supports the Art Counts project and we’re pleased to be letting you know that the exhibition coming out of it will be opening very soon!

Art Counts exhibition opens this Thursday 24th of November, 11am, at Newcastle Art Space, and runs Thursday to Sunday until the 11th of December. See The exhibition coincides with International Day for People with a Disability, on Saturday the 3rd of December.

This exhibition is a real celebration of the talent and achievements of people with disability. And for further encouragement and inspiration, NSW arts and disability organisation Accessible Arts has produced an online resource where emerging artists can learn from the experience of artists with disability who have successful professional careers. See

And now, here in the Hunter, there are moves afoot to set up a Hunter Access Arts Network. There is a planning meeting scheduled for Fri 9 Dec, 11am at Maitland Regional Art Gallery.

Currently there is an idea on the table to introduce a National Disability Insurance Scheme. Every Australian Counts is the campaign in favour of its introduction and you can see it at

 Hatch Your Ideas

Octapod is about inspiring creativity and fostering a vibrant arts community. To that end, we’re holding “Hatch – a night for incubating creative projects in Newcastle and the Hunter.”

Have you been brooding on some cracking collaborative art project? But how do you start without resources and connections? It can be a ‘chicken and egg’ problem. Or maybe you’re cooped up at home, scratching around for something to get creative with. Well Octapod is here for you! We can take you under our wing, with space and resources you can use and a network of connections in the arts community. Come out of your shell and give your fledgling project a good run! Don’t be chicken; come on down!


Thursday 24th of November,

6 – 8pm

401 Hunter St, Newcastle

Paint A Butterfly

Flutter down to Fig Tree Community Garden at 10am on Sunday 27th November for your chance to make a mark! A butterfly shaped mark that is, on the wall of the Croatian Club, adjacent to the Garden. As part of ‘Seed’, an ongoing series of Octapod initiated art workshops, visitors to the garden will invited to paint a fine flock of butterflies on the Croatian Club’s wall.

Seed is facilitated by artists Helen Hopcroft, Trevor Horsnell and Karen Robinson Smith. If you can’t draw for diddly, no need to stress: we’ll have an easy to use butterfly stencil with plenty of assistance on hand. The workshop is suitable for both children and adults but please wear old clothes, as butterflies can be messy creatures.

Web Access

Octapod has been redeveloping its website to make it easier to navigate and to reflect better the way the different projects and aspects of the organisation fit together into the Voltron-like super-being that Octapod is. And next week the new site goes live! Stand by.