We’ve had a wonderful start to the month with the University of Newcastle (UoN) pledging its support for This is Not Art (TiNA) 2012 and have welcomed new Octapod Board members. Keep reading for the latest happenings at Octapod and arts and culture in the Hunter.

University of Newcastle (UoN) Principal Partner of TiNA 2012
Octapod is excited to announce the University of Newcastle (UoN) has signed on again as a Principal Partner of This is Not Art (TiNA) 2012 and Program Sponsor for TiNA sub festival, Critical Animals. UoN has supported TiNA and Critical Animals since 2009. Octapod thanks UoN for its generous support and ongoing commitment and looks forward to continuing to work together in delivering the internationally recognised TiNA festival.  Octapod is also pleased to be working with UoN to develop work placement opportunities for the University’s students.

Welcome Octapod Board Members
A big thank you to everyone who contributed to Octapod during 2011. Following the AGM held 23 April, Octapod is pleased to announce and welcome new board members:

  • Alli Hammett (Chair)
  • Jaye Hardy (Deputy Chair)
  • Dwuan La Trobe (Treasurer)
  • Mitch Davies (Secretary)
  • James Hart (General Member)
  • David Horkan (General Member) and
  • James Hart (General Member).

Octapod is still on the lookout for an additional board member with skills in business development, urban planning, marketing or communications. If you’re interested please contact our Chairperson, Alli Hammett via for more information.

Hunter Arts Access Network
On 4 May Octapod facilitated the second meeting for the Hunter Arts Access Network, held at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre. The Network aims to act as a local ‘point of contact’ where stakeholders can access information about accessible arts opportunities and creative resources.

Discussion centred around the need for access to professional artists as a way to improve the standard of arts programming offered by disability and mental health services, as well as access to resources such as program templates and information about pathways into education and employment opportunities within the arts for people with disability. Tantrum Theatre presented a really fun physical theatre workshop and spoke about their accessible arts program.

Octapod is now seeking funding to develop a resource kit; linked to the website, which we hope can serve as a database of relevant information. For more info about the network, please contact Christina Robberds via or phone 02 4927 0470.

Student Placements 2012 – Applications Now Open
Octapod is also currently accepting applications for Student Placements, Semester 2 2012. Positions are available across Octapod’s key projects including TiNA 2012, and various organisational roles. Placements offer real-world experience in a busy arts environment in areas including marketing, communications, event management, urban planning and data collection. This opportunity is open to final year students at the University of Newcastle, Hunter TAFE and qualified persons looking for voluntary work in the arts. To find out more please visit,

PODspace Gallery ExhibitionPODspace Gallery  Lezlie Tilley
Following on from Simone Paterson’s well-received, DIAMETRIC – a post new media exhibition, PODspace Gallery is delighted to present, A Poetry of Infinite Possibilities, recent works by Lezlie Tilley. Opening night is Thursday, 17 May from 6:00-8:00pm with the Exhibition running Wednesday 16 May to Saturday 2 June 2012. MORE

PODspace Gallery – Call for Exhibitors
PODspace Gallery is accepting exhibition proposals until 31 August 2012 for the 2013 exhibition calendar. If you are interested, please send a letter of introduction (no more than one A4 page) including a description of what you would like to exhibit, 5-10 small jpeg images instinctive of the work and your brief artist CV (no more than one A4 page). Please email information to attention PODspace Gallery Committee. MORE

Please direct PODspace Gallery enquiries to:
Mobile: 0434 886 450 or 0466 899 297
Phone: 02 4929 5434


2013 Arts Funding Program Information Session – Newcastle 24 May

2013 Arts Funding Program Information Session – Newcastle 24 MayArts NSW have planned a series of free information sessions on the 2013 ARTS FUNDING PROGRAM – coming to Newcastle Thursday 24 May. The session will cover: What Arts NSW do/who they are, type of grants available, tips for a successful application, question and answer time. MORE

AFTRS Running Your Own Creative Business Course – Newcastle, 17 May

 AFTRS Running Your Own Creative Business Course – Newcastle, 17 May 2012The Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) will be bringing its hugely popular one-day course Running Your Own Creative Business to Newcastle, Thursday 17 May. Running Your Own Creative Business is absolutely essential for anyone working in a creative field who wants to maintain their financial viability. What are the taxation and legal considerations of running a creative business? How do I manage the irregularity of my income? Do I need a contract, and how do I know it’s a good one? How does copyright help make me money and protect me? And how do I market my business? These questions and more will be answered by experienced Tutor Monica Davidson and participants walk away with new understanding and a defined path forward. Enrol by calling 1300 065 281 or visiting MORE

HAN Winter Art Bazaar – Call for Stallholder

HAN Winter Art Bazaar – Call for Stallholders Hunter Arts Network (HAN) is currently calling for stallholders for this year’s Winter Art Bazaar being held at Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG) Sunday, 10 June. Over the last 9 years, Art Bazaar has become a highly anticipated event for both the public and participating stallholders. It has stimulated the arts community and increased public awareness of the Hunter’s diverse artistic culture, successfully displaying the many individuals, groups, organisations and businesses. The Market also represents an excellent opportunity for practitioners and organisations to develop professional networks which support the development of new work, broader audiences and marketing opportunities. MORE | Download Stallholder Registration Form

Waste as Art 2012

Waste as Art 2012Now in its 13th year, Waste as Art (WAA) encourages residents of the Hunter Valley to turn waste into creative, interesting, inspired, and even crazy art pieces. The competition is open to all Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Cessnock, Singleton and Port Stephens residents.

It’s about using our resources wisely, and showing our community that waste is not always waste and that it can be a useful resource and a source of inspiration. MORE

Newcastle Poetry Prize 2012 – Entries Closing 8 June

Newcastle Poetry Prize 2012 – Entries Closing 8 JuneEntries are now open for the Newcastle Poetry Prize 2012. Coordinated by the Hunter Writers’ Centre, it is one of Australia’s oldest and most important literary competitions and boasts a distinguished list of past winners and judges. MORE

2012 ARTEXPRESS HSC Visual Arts Exhibition2012 ARTEXPRESS HSC Visual Arts Exhibition

ARTEXPRESS is a suite of exhibitions of exemplary artworks created by students for the Higher School Certificate Examination in Visual Arts. The works represent a broad range of subject matter, approaches, styles and media including painting, photomedia, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, graphic design, documented forms, textiles and fibre, ceramics, time-based forms and collections of works.

ARTEXPRESS represents the high standards and diversity achieved by Year 12 Visual Arts students in New South Wales schools. This year the exhibition includes artwork from 19 students from the Hunter and Central Coast. ARTEXPRESS is running until 1 July at Newcastle Regional Art Gallery. MORE | Newcastle Art Gallery Exhibition Details