Octapod e-News April 2013

Welcome to our April 2013 newsletter featuring the latest from Octapod and arts and culture in the Hunter.

Position Available: Octapod Access Officer
Octapod is excited to be partnering with the City of Newcastle to actively support participation in the arts by people with disability. As a real outcome from the recent Arts and the Individual Forum the partnership will focus on the Hunter Arts Access Network and the Hunter Artsworker Database.

Applications for a new position of Access Officer with Octapod are now open. This is a part time contract position for 7 hours per week for three months, with an expected start date in late April 2013. Applications close 5pm Friday, 19 April. MORE

Save the Dates – PODspace Gallery ‘Insert’ SeriesInsert Flyer
Throughout May PODspace Gallery will be presenting a special series of three night-time art events slotted into a Newcastle laneway next to Caffestry. The program includes:

6:00-9:00pm, Friday 3 May
Performance and live painting by painter Misha (Enrique del Val) (Robertson) and musician Luke Greenhalgh (Newcastle)
– Art market

6:00-9:00pm, Friday 10 May
– Film screening by filmmaker Neil Mansfield (Newcastle) and live music score performed by Fox Control (Newcastle)
– Art market

6:00-9:00pm, Friday 17 May
– Writers Mini-Fest hosted by David Graham
– Art market


this-is-not-artTiNA 2013 Update
Artist applications have now closed for This is Not Art 2013. However, Electrofringe is still calling for proposals from a broad range of disciplines including electronics, kinetics, experimental interfaces, sound, music, video, film, projection, installation, data mapping, networked and online collaborations, locative technologies, mobile artworks, live art, software art, hacking, app development, research, culture jamming and all hybrid and new genres that haven’t yet been invented. Electrofringe will be holding a massive one-day showcase and an epic party, encompassing exhibition, performance, discussion, skills sharing, career information and networking opportunities.

National Young Writer’s Festival, Crack Theatre Festival and Critical Animals are currently assessing the applications over the next month and programming for TiNA 2013 will be announced in August, in the lead up to the festival.

Notice of AGM
Octapod’s Annual General Meeting will be held 7:00 – 8:00pm, Monday 15 April at Newcastle Community Arts Centre, 246 Parry Street, Newcastle West. Octapod members are welcome to attend. RSVP essential; please email admin@octapod.org by Friday 12 April.

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Visit culturehunter.org for all the latest cultural news, events, reviews and opportunities from across the Hunter.

Call for Board Members
Octapod is on the lookout for new members to join its Board. Anyone interested in the arts, with a background in fields such as business development, urban planning, marketing or communications is invited to join the Octapod Board. To get involved or learn more please contact Octapod Director, Christina Robberds on 0415 699 227 or admin@octapod.org.

Help Preserve Newcastle Printmakers Workshop (NPW)
NPW is a non-profit, community-based facility established in 1979 to provide printmaking access to artists, students and beginners, and to develop public awareness of printmaking. NPW is located in Adamstown in an old building, which is now in need of rewiring and plumbing to make it a safe place to work and meet. The association has launched a Pozible fundraising event in an attempt to raise the $5000 needed for the maintenance work.
If you would like to help preserve this invaluable local art making facility – please visit www.pozible.com/printmakers.

Enrol Now for Tantrum Theatre’s Treasure HuntTreasure-Hunt-Efyler
Yr 3 -6 and Yr 7- 9 students are invited to join Tantrum Theatre and the Newcastle Museum these school holidays for an adventure beyond their wildest dreams! Students can spend the week devising innovative, pop up theatre that will be performed at the Newcastle Museum and gain a wide range of performance and collaborative theatre making skills in this very exciting and fun holiday workshop. MORE

Newcastle Poetry Prize 2013
Entries are now open for the Newcastle Poetry Prize 2013. Coordinated by the Hunter Writers Centre, the Prize is one of Australia’s oldest and most important literary competitions and boasts a distinguished list of past winners and judges. MORE