Newcastle’s 21st annual This Is Not Art festival unveils 2018 lineup
Now in its 21st year, the festival will again deliver an exciting lineup of dynamic emerging arts for audiences to devour. Featured in the 2018 edition will be a mix of established names, noteworthy newcomers and special guest appearances.
Key artists include:
James Colley— James Colley is a writer for The Weekly, Gruen and Tonightly on ABC TV, and creator of SBS Comedy’s The Backburner. He has performed at Splendour In The Grass and had multiple sold-out seasons at The Sydney Comedy Festival.
Gina Rushton—Gina Rushton is a reporter at BuzzFeed News, previously a journalist at The Australian and has been published in the Saturday Paper, Meanjin and the Lifted Brow.
Carlin McLellan – Carlin McLellan is a composer and registered music therapist from Newcastle who also makes dream pop and ambient music. For Critical Animals 2018, Carlin will be presenting his interactive musical work, Collaboratory.
The four day event will run over the September long weekend from the 27th to 30th with a focus on artistic expression through mediums such as theatre, writing, music, poetry and installations.
Festival alumni include names such as Benjamin Law, Clementine Ford and Triple J host Gen Fricker.
It can also be announced that the WE DON’T DANCE music and collaborative arts collective will join the festival as Special Guests. Their aims to showcase the talent of local musicians and bands, especially those who experience marginalisation in the music and arts world.
Festival Producer Christina Robberds said the expansion into the domain of music this year will bring TiNA closer to the local community.
“This year we wanted to extend the spotlight to local musicians who are making waves in Newcastle’s music scene,” she said.
This Is Not Art maintains its standing as a free event with inclusive programming making the festival accessible to all.
“We facilitate arts practices and programming that encourages artists from a diverse spectrum of backgrounds to express themselves at TiNA,” said Ms. Robberds.
2018 will once again welcome the support of the University of Newcastle as Principal Partner, alongside the NSW Government through Create NSW.
“The University of Newcastle has been a consistent supporter of our vision for creative arts in the city,” said Ms. Robberds.
“This year we’re opening more pathways for students to get involved and discover their creative potential at TiNA.”
This Is Not Art will also partner with key Newcastle cultural institutions to deliver the festival including Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle City Library, Watt Space Gallery and The Lock-Up. The festival precinct will be centered around these venues in 2018.
To view the full list of artists for this year’s event visit the TINA website.
For festival highlights and program updates follow This Is Not Art on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TINAFestival/) and Instagram (@thisisnotart).
The full festival program will be released in late August.
About This is Not Art (TiNA)
As one of Australia’s leading emerging arts festivals, TiNA provides a national platform for experimental and emerging arts practices. The festival supports artists to take risks, experiment, and extend the boundaries of their art forms and practices.
Produced by Octapod in partnership with three co-presenters, National Young Writers’ Festival (NYWF), Crack X and Critical Animals, the four day festival activates over 10 venues in the Newcastle CBD each year over the Labour Day Long Weekend in late September/early October. Over 2000 people attend the event with half the audience being local Novocastrians and half travelling from around the country and overseas.
Image: Collaboratory, Carlin McLellan. Photo courtesy of the artist