Octapod e-News July 2013

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

PODspace at the LighthousePODspace_at_the_Lighthouse_JUL13_7
Helped along by glorious weather, more than 4000 people visited Nobbys Lighthouse during PODspace Gallery’s recent exhibition, ‘PODspace at the Lighthouse’.

Featuring local artists Michael Randall, Carolyn McKay, Peter Lankas, Liam Power, Nicole Chaffey and Anna Jaaniste, the exhibition comprised works in and around the Signal Master’s Cottage, responsive to and from the site.

Works ranged from photography to plein air paintings and installations. Highlights included a camera obscura room set-up by Michael Randall that saw upside down images of the harbour projected onto the wall, and a TV set up in the bathtub by Carolyn McKay as part of her sound installation. The en plein air workshop facilitated by painter Peter Lankas saw five participants develop their skills while taking in the amazing views over the Newcastle city and harbour. MORE

Octapod Welcomes New TreasurerMarika_Moore_Octapod_Treasurer
Octapod is delighted to announce Marika Moore has joined the Board as our new Treasurer. Marika is a director and accountant at JSA Accounting and Tax. Marika established the Accounting and Tax division of the JSA Group in 2009.  She is a Chartered Accountant with accounting and tax experience of over 12 years. Based in Newcastle, Marika is associated with the media and arts industry, enjoying working with many creative clients. Octapod welcomes Marika and is super excited to have a professional financial guru join the ranks.

Ka-Ching! TiNA Shop Call Out
TiNA ShopWant to sell your wares at this year’s TiNA festival? Well you can, in our very own curated TiNA Shop. Extending on from TiNA’s traditional Sunday market we are creating a space, which will be open every day of the festival.

Situated in the heart of the Hunter Street Mall, TiNA Shop will house all kinds of quirky things to buy and remember those special TiNA times. Interested? Shoot an email to admin@thisisnotart.org and let us know what you’ve got to sell.

Creative Access Network – Meeting 16 August
The next Creative Access Network meeting will be held 1:00-4:00pm, Friday 16 August at Wallsend Library Multipurpose Function Room. Guest speakers include representatives from Disability Care Australia and Ability Links. Following guest presentations, a discussion about inclusive practice will be held. Anyone interested in coming along is invited to attend. RSVP by 13 August via access@octapod.org or 0415 699 227.

The Creative Access Network is an initiative of Octapod with the support of The City of Newcastle. MORE

Reg Russom Drawing Prize 2013
Reg_RussomArtists and art students aged 30 years and under, residing in the Hunter region are invited to submit works for the Reg Russom Memorial Drawing Prize 2013. This year’s Reg Russom prize money will include an Eckersley’s Encouragement Award of $200 and The Hunter TAFE Foundation sponsored Reg Russom Memorial Prize of $1000. Entries close 5pm Friday, 2 August. MORE

PODspace Gallery – Call for New Curators
PODspace Gallery is currently looking for new volunteer curators to join the team. If you are an arts student, past or present, or have a strong desire to work in and amongst a gallery setting, then PODspace is a great place to start learning the ropes. While PODspace is currently operating outside a traditional gallery space, experimenting with pop-up style exhibitions the Gallery looks to move back to a regular exhibition space in 2014.

If you interested in becoming part of the PODspace Gallery team and would like to learn more please contact Octapod Director, Christina Robberds via admin@octapod.org or 0415 699 227. An information session is also being held for anyone interested in getting involved 5:30-6:30pm, Wednesday 31 July at Newcastle Community Arts Centre.

Art_Counts_Exhibition_Dolls_2011_Photo courtesy of_Connectability_Octapod_eNews_July_2013

Photo courtesy of Connectability

Art Counts Committee Members Invited
Art Counts is an art exhibition for people with disability and their carers. The project was established in 2010 by the Disability Network Hunter and is now managed by Octapod through the Creative Access Network.

Octapod is interested in hearing from emerging artists, arts workers, curators or people interested in the arts, to form a committee that will drive and coordinate Art Counts in 2013.

This opportunity is open to people with and without disability in the Hunter region. For more information please contact Christina Robberds via admin@octapod.org or 0415 699 227.

NSW Visual Arts Fellowship for Emerging Artists
Applications are now open for the NSW Visual Arts Fellowship for Emerging Artists. The $30,000 fellowship will enable the recipient to undertake a self-directed program of professional development which may include but is not limited to: travel, mentorships, residencies, research, and/or the creation of new work. Applications close Midnight, Wednesday 14 August 2013. MORE

Take Your Seat at the Regal!
Take your seat at the RegalHelp the Regal Cinema purchase a new digital projector by sponsoring a Regal Cinema chair. For $150 sponsors will receive a plaque with their name/s inscribed and attached to the back of a seat at Regal Cinema – only 100 seats available. To secure your place in Regal history contact David Horkan at davehorkan@bigpond.com or 02 4951 1611.

Hunter Arts Worker Database Call Out
Opportunity exists for artists from all mediums with experience working in disability or mental health to register with the Hunter Arts Worker Database. Applications are encouraged from practicing artists and arts workers, with and without disability, who live in the Hunter region. Experience of working with people with disability, or a desire to do so is essential.

The launch of Disability Care Australia in Newcastle in July means that individuals with disability will have control over how their funding is spent. Octapod has already started taking calls from families and services looking for artists and mainstream arts activities. Registration on the database will make it easier for people to find arts workers and will be one of the main resources that Octapod now refers people to.

Artists interested in registering are invited to download an application form and return to access@octapod.org. Registration is free.

The Hunter Arts Worker Database is an initiative of Octapod supported by The City of Newcastle. MORE

Drawing Workshop – Drawn from Life with Peter LankasPeter_Lankas_Drawn_from_Life_Workshop
On Saturday, 3 August a drawing workshop with Peter Lankas is being held at Newcastle Community Arts Centre. ‘Drawn from Life’ will focus on drawing as direct observation, mark-making, creative discovery and its physicality. The workshop is suitable for beginner to advanced. Cost is $75 including life model. To register, email peter.lankas@gmail.com or phone 0422 954 662.

Lower Hunter Photo Competition
The Department of Planning & Infrastructure is currently running a photo competition for the Lower Hunter discussion paper consultation. The Department wants ideas on how to make the region a better place to live. For a vie at the prize money entrants are invited send: a photo of an area of the Lower Hunter region that you like and want to protect/want to see more of; or a photo of an area that could be redeveloped/used differently. MORE

Check out more of the latest arts and cultural news and events in the Hunter at culturehunter.org.