New Bods to Share the Pod!

There’s lots to share with you this week and we wanted to start by introducing:-

New Bods:

  • Meet Eliza Adams who is our new This Is Not Art [TINA] festival director.  We’re delighted to have her on board and she’s hit the deck running!  [See information below and also Twitter + Facebook updatesl  Submissions for TINA festival projects end March 31st so if you want to get involved, talk to Eliza soon.
  • Our new Community Liaison Officer has been appointed and next week you’ll be able to meet Alana Mondy.  She’s got loads of experience in Community support – in fact you may have met her in one of her many volunteer roles.

In the Pod:

  • Applications for the new SeedPod Grant Program have now closed.  2 projects have been selected and these will be announced on March 21
  • The new Exhibition for Podspace opens tomorrow night [Thursday 10th] and runs until Sat March 26. This exhibition is:  The Drawing Room: Violent grass paintings by Una Rey.  For more information and links go to   ….while you’re there, check out the Inaugural Sprout Award
  • This is Not Art Festival [TINA] is calling for proposals for:  Crack Theatre Festival, Critical Animals,  Electrofringe, National Young Writers’ Festival and Sound Summit as they prepare to present Australia’s most exciting and emergent exhibitions, screenings, performances, panels, workshops, talks, gigs, interventions, live art and special events at this year’s festival.  Go to our home page  for more details.


Seeds in the Pod on the Vine:

{aka –  great initiatives that we’re connected to}
  • The SAW (Street Art Walking) launch was well attended last Friday as part of Renew Newcastle’s 1st Friday event. Formerly WalkaboutArt, this is a milestone for public art in the City of Newcastle and Australian Street Art in general. Submissions of interest close on 21 March for artists to paint 2 walls outside Arthive
  • Culture Hunter is busier than a bee with 4 wings!  Here’s a few bites:  1. a call out for people to submit cultural resources to the site – info sheets, grant writing guides, etc. This will be part of the Directory, which also includes lists of individuals, organisations and venues:  2. a call out for a Case Studies project  – looking for individuals and organisations to share what they know of arts and culture in the Hunter  as a way of showcasing the diversity of arts and culture in the region:  3. Culture Hunter is also working with This Is Not Art Festival to compile a venues database. Venues are invited to contact to express interest in being a festival venue for 2011.   For more information on these, go to the home page of

Like to be part of this dynamic organisation?

  • become a volunteer – whatever your skills are, we’ve got a job for YOU.  It’s a great way to clock up the runs on your CV board if you’re interested in making a career in the Arts.  And if you’re not, it’s a great way to contribute to the community and make lots of new friends
  • Apply for a student placement it’s a brilliant way to kick off your career
  • Become a member – every dollar counts in Community Arts and the miniscule investment will come back to you ten-fold in a multitude of ways!  Mostly as your dollars enrich our community and our society through the Arts
  • As an artist – gives you access to PodSpace as well as a network of artistic people who can offer you guidance, advice, and assistance to get your project off the ground.  Whether you’re a visual artist, writer, photographer, movie maker, musician, or anything at all in the creative stream,  your connection with Octapod will help you quench your thirst for Arts and Culture.

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