e-News October: TINA wrap up – Art Counts, Submissions…

Welcome to our October 2013 newsletter featuring the latest from Octapod and arts and culture in the Hunter. This month we say farewell to This is Not Art (TiNA) for another year and look ahead to the Art Counts exhibition for aspiring artists with disability as well as professsional development opportunities for artists and community organisations.

TiNA wrap upThis_is_Not_Art_logo_2013_landscape-01
Newcastle once again played host to our beloved TiNA. Offering over 150 events spread out over 23 venues across the CBD, the festival offered space for artistic collaboration and discovery. 2013 was a year of special milestones – the National Young Writers’ Festival turned sweet 16 and Critical Animals turned 10. The program reflected the celebration and contemplation that comes with reaching a certain age.

Octapod would like to thank all of our volunteers, artists, venues and sponsors for their support. There’s still time to give us some feedback about your TiNA experience and go in the draw to win a prize donated by Blackbird Corner. Fill out the TiNA participant survey and we’ll let you know on Friday 11 October at 5pm whether you have won the prize.

Portrait by Kell Miller. Photo by Adam SandfordArt Counts: Call for artist submissions
Octapod is now accepting artist submissions for the annual Art Counts exhibition.

Works in any medium are welcome from people with disability and carers who live in the Hunter region. Application forms and all work for the exhibition need to be dropped off to the Octapod office at the Newcastle Community Art Centre by Friday 1 November.

The exhibition will be held at the Blackbox Theatre at the Newcastle Community Art Centre from Wednesday 13 – Saturday 16 November. We are once again holding an Art Market on the opening day (Wed 13 November) and are inviting applications for stallholders to sell their handmade craft items. Application forms are available here.

Running Your Own Creative BusinessAFTRS logo
Presented by Monica Davidson, Running Your Own Creative Business is absolutely essential for those seeking a successful career in any creative industry. This full day workshop will help you understand the importance of applying business principles to your creative work, manage your finances more effectively, understand tax as it applies to a creative business, gain familiarity with basic contracts and copyright laws, learn how to market your services effectively and efficiently.

BOOK ONLINE: http://www.open.aftrs.edu.au/course/K555  or call 1300 065 281.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Email open@aftrs.edu.au

The Running Your Own Creative Business workshop is being presented by the Australian Fim Television and Radio School in partnership with the City of Newcastle and Octapod.

Free community governance training program
In response to the growing need of local not-for-profit groups seeking help with the good running of their boards, the City of Newcastle is presenting a program of three practical workshops (2 hours each) on 14 October, 28 October and 4 November from 3pm-5pm at Wallsend District Library.  Registration is free and participants are expected to attend all three workshops.

Venue, registration and further information can be found here.

newinstlogoThe Art Gallery fiasco – what have we learnt?
The Newcastle Institute presents a forum to explore the lessons of the Newcastle Art Gallery fiasco. A major expansion of Newcastle’s Art Gallery has been a dream of supporters of the Gallery for years.  Until recently, it seemed that this would finally be achieved, with plans in place, fourteen million dollars of Federal and State funds on the table, and building work under way.  Now the building work is on hold, the funds gone, and questions are being asked:- Why? and What happens now?

Panellists will discuss these questions and include: Denise Frost from the Art Gallery Foundation;  Vic Levi, Chairman of Hunter Academy of Sport;  Chris Ford, Communications Consultant & Art Patron ;Martin McKenzie of Octapod, representing young, alternate and emerging artists; and Gillean Shaw, Art Curator at Newcastle University. Bernie Curran will take the role of facilitator in a Q&A style panel/public discussion.

This forum is open to the general public.  Admission is a $5 donation and can be paid at the door. Bookings not required. 7pm. Wednesday 9th October at Newcastle City Hall (Hunter Room)

For more information: Contact www.newinstitute.org.au or Sheena Martin 0408 733386

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