Octapod e-News June 2012

Welcome to Octapod e-News in June, much has been happening including plans for This is Not Art (TiNA) 2012, which are bubbling along beautifully. Keep reading for the latest happenings at Octapod and arts and culture in the Hunter.

culturehunter.org Artist Survey
culturehunter.org is currently conducting a survey on local artists’ use of the Internet to ensure services on culturehunter.org are appropriately aligned to needs. We invite artists to participate in this survey and help culturehunter.org continue to improve. MORE

Crack Theatre FestivalVolunteer Storytellers Wanted for Crack Theatre Festival Performance

Rue De La Rocket, a Sydney based artist collective, is currently developing a performance installation called OurShop for the Crack Theatre Festival as part of the This Is Not Art (TiNA) Festival in September. They are looking for volunteer storytellers for their project.

OurShop is an informative, dynamic work that aims to encourage people to think about the way in which they use social media platforms (specifically, facebook) and how they connect with others on a daily basis. They would like to ask for volunteers (OurShop Storytellers) to come forward to share their story, to have it recorded, so Rue De La Pocket can ask their audience to take a moment to reflect on the ideas surrounding communication, connection with our community and its members. OurShop is about making real connections with people and exchanging short, facile comments with bigger and deeper stories.

Rue De La Pocket are coming to Newcastle to interview storytellers on the weekend of the 30 June and 1 July. MORE

End of Financial Year is Near – Like to Help Octapod?
Octapod is a registered charity and also has Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status, which means that making a donation is even more attractive as donors receive a tax deduction for donations above $2! Octapod invites donations to its Cultural Activities Public Fund. So if you are considering making a donation as the end of financial year fast approaches, we’d love you to keep Octapod in mind. All Octapod projects rely heavily on volunteers and donations enable us to pay for expenses such as equipment and venue hire, artist fees and staffing costs. MORE

Latest News from culturehunter.org
For all the latest cultural news, events and opportunities from across the Hunter, click here.

PODspace Gallery ExhibitionPODspace Gallery Exhibition - Penny Dunstan
Following on from Lezlie Tilley’s well-received, A Poetry of Infinite Possibilities, PODspace Gallery is delighted to present, ‘through a glass, darkly’ by Penny Dunstan. The exhibition is running Wednesday 6 June to Saturday 23 June 2012. MORE

PODspace Gallery Call for Exhibitors
PODspace Gallery is accepting exhibition proposals until 31 August 2012 for the 2013 exhibition calendar. If you are interested, please send a letter of introduction (no more than one A4 page) including a description of what you would like to exhibit, 5-10 small jpeg images instinctive of the work and your brief artist CV (no more than one A4 page). Please email information to podspace@octapod.org attention PODspace Gallery Committee. MORE

Please direct PODspace Gallery enquiries to: Email: podspacegallery@octapod.org Mobile: 0434 886 450 or 0466 899 297 Phone: 02 4929 5434

Australia Council for the ArtsWarning: Scam Related to the Australia Council
The Australia Council for the Arts is warning people about a current scam involving callers who claim to be from the organisation. The caller tells people they are eligible for $25,000 grants from the Grant Council of Australia and quotes the postal address and ABN of the Australia Council. Australia Council for the Arts warns that these calls are a scam. The Australia Council is not in the business of phoning people to offer grants. MORE

$377 Million Boost to NSW Arts and Culture
The Liberals & Nationals Government has announced an investment of more than $377 million to support the State’s vibrant arts and cultural sector in the 2012-13 Budget. MORE

Newcastle University Choir Concert
“From Darkness Into Light” – a concert presented by three outstanding local choirs: the Newcastle University Choir, the Waratah Girls Choir and the Christ Church Cathedral Choir. MORE

2012 ARTEXPRESS HSC Visual Arts ExhibitionARTEXPRESS 2012
ARTEXPRESS is a suite of exhibitions of exemplary artworks created by students for the Higher School Certificate Examination in Visual Arts. The works represent a broad range of subject matter, approaches, styles and media including painting, photomedia, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, graphic design, documented forms, textiles and fibre, ceramics, time-based forms and collections of works. ARTEXPRESS represents the high standards and diversity achieved by Year 12 Visual Arts students in New South Wales schools. This year the exhibition includes artwork from 19 students from the Hunter and Central Coast. ARTEXPRESS is running until 1 July at Newcastle Regional Art Gallery. MORE | Newcastle Art Gallery Exhibition Details