Octapod e-News December 2012

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The Octapod team wishes everyone a joyous, safe and restful holiday season and all the very best for the new year ahead. Our office is now closed and will reopen Wednesday, 16 January 2013.

Octapod On the Move
For the first six months in 2013 Octapod will be based at Newcastle Community Arts Centre (NCAC) during which time PODspace Gallery will be experimenting with a pop-up style exhibition format. We are excited about our relocation and very grateful to Wendy Peacock at NCAC for offering us a temporary home. Our new contact details are:
Suite 22
246 Parry Street, Hamilton East NSW 2303
Phone: 02 4021 1139

Australia CouncilAC logo stacked Backs Digital Storytelling Project
Octapod is super excited to announce that we have received funding from Australia Council for the Arts for ‘Memory Room Narratives’ – a digital storytelling project involving African refugees. Tara Jones, a documentary filmmaker, will facilitate a series of 10 workshops to teach filmmaking skills, and will then mentor participants for six months to encourage them to further develop their skills and confidence.

Cause for Celebration
This year Octapod celebrated its 15 Year Anniversary. Founded in 1996, the organisation continues to play an integral role in supporting the Region’s internationally-recognised arts community. We have more than our 15 year milestone to celebrate however with the recent reinstatement of Arts NSW funding.

Octapod extends a sincere and heartfelt thank you to Newcastle MP Tim Owen for his support in facilitating the restoration of funding through Arts NSW – which enables us to continue to deliver our key projects planned for 2013.

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PODspace Gallery has enjoyed a full calendar in 2012 at 401 Hunter Street. It has been a lovely little hotspot involving a strong succession of high-calibre artists, great art and a surprising increase to visitor numbers and sales.

Thank you to all artists who have had their shows with PODspace Gallery this year. A great big thank you also to the artists who donated work at the beginning of the ‘401 leg’ to help raise money for renovations! A special thank you also to Ahn Wells for her ongoing dedication to the Gallery.

It is now time however to move onto a new chapter. Following the Christmas recess PODspace Gallery will be appearing in the Newcastle City area as a series of unorthodox ‘pop-up’, or temporary events held at various locations including laneways, parks, bunkers, beaches and even car parks.

PODspace Gallery is keen to broaden its horizons over the next six months and would love to hear from you regarding what you’d like to see happen in Newcastle on the way art is presented and experienced. In early February 2013, the Gallery will host an ‘ideas-fest’ involving the discussion and planning for proposed pop-up events. If you are interested in being a participating artist or are passionate about art in Newcastle and want to be involved, please email podspace@octapod.org.