Octapod e-News August 2012

Welcome to our latest newsletter, much has been happening including launch of the Show Your Support Campaign for TiNA 2012. Keep reading for all the latest on Octapod and arts and culture in the Hunter.

TiNA 2012 – Show Your Support
Without the generosity of audiences, local businesses and relevant funding bodies, it would be impossible for TiNA to deliver the kind of program that Australian audiences now expect to come out of Newcastle. Even though community spirit is alive and well in this corner of the country, TiNA can’t keep all those bells and whistles shiny without your support. So, if you’d like to keep TiNA well-oiled, visit thisisnotart.floktu.com and tell us a bit about yourself. Please think big, dig deep and do your part to keep the home fires burning. MORE

For all the latest cultural news, events and opportunities from culturehunter.org click here. culturehunter.org is also still conducting its online survey on local artists’ use of the Internet to ensure services on the website resource are appropriately aligned to needs. We invite artists to participate in this survey to help continue to improve this website resource.


Watt Space Artist in Residence Program 2012 –Expressions of Interest Invited
Interested in Studio Space during TiNA 2012? Submissions are now open for the Artist in Residence Program at Watt Space, the student’s gallery at the University of Newcastle. Here’s your chance to call the Gallery your studio for 3 weeks commencing 19 September, coinciding with TiNA 2012. MORE

Time & Place Creatives – WordPress Workshop
Time & Place Creatives are hosting a WordPress Workshop, Tuesday 28 August, perfect for anyone who wants to develop a web presence of their own making. WordPress is a popular blogging platform used by multi-national companies through to niche interest individuals. It’s a great way to promote yourself and your work to the world. Participants will create their own WordPress site, customise it and be ready to go live by the end of the session. The three hour workshop is $30 per person including light refreshments. For more information or to register email Laure de Vaugelas, lauredevaugelas@gmail.com. MORE

PODspace Gallery Exhibition
PODspace Gallery is excited to present, ‘Homelands’ paintings and works on paper by Tim Messiter and Anne McLaughlin. The exhibition is running Wednesday 29 August to Saturday 15 September 2012. MORE

Newcastle Community Arts Centre (NCAC) Open Studios
Once again NCAC’s 40 artists will open their doors to the public for the annual Open Studios on Saturday 1 September from 12 – 4pm. NCAC has managed studios for artists at the old St Aloysius Girls School on Parry Street, Hamilton East for over 20 years. Open Studios is about uncovering, promoting and celebrating the artistic and creative community in Newcastle.

Visitors on the day will be able to enjoy the music of Studio14 musician Mark Salter, view the largest exhibition from the Hunter Miniaturist Group which will be held in The Black Box Theatre, have a caricature drawn by Peter Lewis, (cartoonist at The Newcastle Herald), visit Trees in Newcastle, hear local artist Trevor Dickinson talk about his recent residency in Canberra and much more. MORE

HAN Spring Art Bazaar – Call for Stall Holders

Hunter Arts Network (HAN) is currently calling for stallholders for this year’s Spring Art Bazaar being held at Hunter Valley Gardens shopping Village Green on Sunday, 9 September 10am – 3pm. 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

2012 John Marsden Prize for Young Australian Writers
Entries are now open for the 2012 John Marsden Prize for Young Australian Writers, the country’s foremost literary competition for young writers. Writers under the age of 25 are urged to enter the competition to share in $5,500 in prize money and have the opportunity to be published online. MORE

Wallsend Library Elvis Exhibition
A photographic exhibition commemorating the 35th Anniversary of Elvis’ death is currently on display at Wallsend District Library. The exhibition features 140 photographs of the King of Rock’n’Roll, the work of Ed Bonja, official photographer of Elvis Presley 1970-1977. MORE

The NEWi Awards 2012 – Applications closing 1 September

The NEWi Awards is designed to celebrate the best online talent chosen by the members of The Lunaticks Society of Newcastle. The awards program has six main categories: Best Website; Best Online Publication; Best Online Creative Content, which includes images, animation, games, video and more; Best Mobile Application; Best Blogger; and Digital Citizen of the Year called The Joe Award, which recognises emerging digital talent.

The awards presentation evening takes place during TiNA 2012 and will include a reception and ceremony. MORE