Octapod e-News March 2013

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

PODspace Gallery Presents INSERTCaffestry
PODspace Gallery will be presenting a series of three night-time art events slotted into a Newcastle laneway next to Caffestry at 14 Pacific Street, Newcastle (Opposite Pacific Park). The special events running throughout May include:

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


New Board Member Welcomedsimone
Octapod is delighted to announce the appointment of our latest Board Member, Simone Sheridan.

Simone graduated from Fine Art at the University of Newcastle only a few years ago, but has been instrumental in organising a number of effective artistic interventions in Newcastle. Simone is a committed member of the Newcastle community whom has established herself as an independent community arts organiser, creating a professional bridge between business’ and the creative industry, offering a unique service to assist on brokering a variety of creative projects.

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.

Notice of AGM
Octapod’s Annual General Meeting will be held 7:00 – 8:00pm, Monday 15 April at Studio 22, Newcastle Community Arts Centre, 246 Parry Street, Newcastle West. Octapod members are welcome to attend.

this-is-not-artTiNA 2013 Call Outs
Crack Theatre, Critical Animals and National Young Writers are currently calling for artists to take part in respective festivals as part of TiNA 2013, running Thursday 3 – Sunday 6 October 2013. To get involved, visit the following pages for more:
Crack Theatre Festival
Critical Animals
National Young Writers Festival

For the latest cultural news, events and reviews from across the Hunter, go to www.culturehunter.org.

Screen NSW Announces Applications Open for EFF
Screen NSW has announced that applications are now open for a new round of the Emerging Filmmakers Fund (EFF). The EFF, run by Screen NSW assists aspiring filmmakers by providing career development pathways in the screen industry. The Fund goes to support talented emerging filmmakers in NSW by funding the production and post-production of short films. There is one round of EFF per year, and in 2013-14 funding will be provided for up to three projects, with grants of up to $30,000 for production and/or post-production. Projects can be drama, factual, animation, experimental, or online/transmedia, and must be a maximum of 30 minutes in length. MORE

Street Art Walking Invited to USASAW II
Street Art Walking (SAW) have been invited by Project for Public Spaces (PPS) to go to Detroit, Michigan for an inaugural event, ‘Placemaking Leadership Council Meeting’ 10-12 April.

The inaugural Placemaking Leadership Council Meeting will allow participants to network with others who are passionate about revitalising city centres and compare ideas on the planning, management and design of public spaces.

To help SAW take part in this event and get Newcastle on a global placemaking map visit, http://www.pozible.com/sawinthed.

Renew Newcastle Project Applications Open

It’s on again! Renew Newcastle is again calling for proposals for projects to take place in otherwise empty spaces in Newcastle CBD. Deadline for applications is Thursday 4 April 2013. MORE

Mini Shot Doco CompMini Shot Doco Competition
ABC2 invites budding filmmakers, keen to tell the world their stories, the chance to enter the ‘Mini Shot Doco’ Competition. It’s a shot at showing your film making stuff with a 3 minute doco on Australia today that also features the numeral ‘2’ in the film. Entries go into the running for $2000 cash and what’s more, it may even be broadcast on ABC2. MORE