Octapod e-News September 2012

Angler fish to parade on Newcastle Foreshore as part of TiNA 2012

Angler Fish to parade Newcastle Foreshore during TiNA

Welcome to our latest newsletter. Not long now until TiNA 2012 kicks off – we very much hope to see you there! Keep reading for all the latest on Octapod and arts and culture in the Hunter.

TiNA Online Program Launched
Octapod is excited to announce launch of the official TiNA online program! To check out the array of more than 200 events on offer this year visit, http://thisisnotart.floktu.com/schedule.

New Digital Forum
This year TiNA’s program features an exciting new initiative in the space of a Digital Forum being held Saturday, 29 September. Octapod have invited an extraordinary line-up of speakers to contribute to the lively critical discussions and ideas generated by TiNA 2012. Our day-long digital forum is intelligent and practical, providing deeper insight into contemporary digital culture and the ways in which we shape, or are being shaped by information and communications technologies. MORE

Show Your Support
Like to support TiNA? Without the generosity of audiences, local businesses and relevant funding bodies, it would be impossible for TiNA to deliver the kind of program that Australian audiences now expect to come out of Newcastle. Even though community spirit is alive and well in this corner of the country, TiNA can’t keep all those bells and whistles shiny without your support. If you’d like to help keep TiNA well-oiled, please visit http://thisisnotart.org/support/. MORE

Hunter Writers CentreYoung Writers’ 500 Word Competition
If you’re under 18 and can piece together 500 words then this competition is for you. Hunter Writers Centre’s Young Writers’ Competition is open to anyone under 18 years living in the Hunter or Central Coast region. The theme is open, so you can write on any topic. Entries must be 500 words or less. This competition is the perfect warm-up for the upcoming National Young Writers’ Festival which has a free 3 day workshop for young writers aged 14–17. MORE

Hunter Artsworker Database Call Out
The Hunter Artsworker Database is a resource that can be used by organisations that wish to employ an artist who has experience working with people with disability. It will be housed online on culturehunter.org, the cultural database for the Hunter region under the ‘Cultural Resources’ section of the Directory. The database will list artists according to artform, with a link back to individual artist profiles on culturehunter.org, outlining their arts practice and experience working with people with disability.

The database is expected to launch November 2012 and we are now calling for artists who have experience working with people with disability to register. MORE

Position Available – Disability Action Planner
Octapod is looking for someone to help us to develop a Disability Action Plan. It is expected that the development of the Disability Action Plan will take three months, October – December 2012. For further details, please click here.

PODspace Gallery Exhibition
PODspace Gallery is excited to present, ’50 monkeys & no nuts’ exhibition by Fern, Matjiwa, Elvina and Makkaillah. Opening Thursday, 20 September 6-8pm and running until Saturday, 6 October. MORE

Latest News from culturehunter.org
Visit culturehunter.org for all the latest cultural news, events, reviews and opportunities from across the Hunter by clicking here.

Tantrum Theatre Stage Manager Wanted
A group of Tantrum senior members are on the hunt for an awesome volunteer Stage Manager to give them a hand with their exciting new work to be shown at Crack Theatre Festival as part of TiNA. If you’re available on 27-30 September and are happy to lend a hand please email, info@tantrumtheatre.org.au. They’re also desperate for a projector or a projectionist/designer to help them!

NSW Provides Funding for Margaret Olley Art Centre
The NSW Government has announced $200,000 funding towards the establishment of the Margaret Olley Art Centre in Murwillumbah. Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Arts, George Souris said the fond memory and work of Margaret Olley AC, one of Australia’s best and most loved artists, who passed away last July aged 88, will be preserved in a new purpose-built extension to the Tweed River Art Gallery. MORE