Octapod is asking questions.

In the past Octapod has accomplished an array of worthwhile community projects. We continue to support numerous endeavors and thought we would take the chance to remind you of what we do. If you like what you read, why not follow the link to a quick survey and help us to continue assisting the artists of the Newcastle area with relevant resources.

This Is Not Art

Octapod has long supported The This IS Not Art festival one of Australia’s leading independent arts festivals. Since its inception This is Not Art festival has been dedicated to the exploration of experimental and emerging arts media and concepts, providing a platform for innovative and passionate culture makers to present their ideas. This is Not Art (TINA) is a supercharged convergence of writers, performers, thinkers, independent and industry musicians, creative researchers, electronic artists, dilettantes, and DIY culture makers in a showcase featuring over 400 local, national and international artists.
Held annually in Newcastle, Australia, the festival presents a diverse program of over 250 events, across five days.  In 2011 TINA will be held from the 29th of September until the 3rd of October.

Street Art Walking (SAW)

Street Art Walking (SAW) is a art project with a task of painting public art spaces in the locale of Newcastle’s Hunter Street Mall.

SAW wants the city to come alive with artworks, dispersed throughout the streets, creating a public art walk for all to enjoy, locals and tourists. Our main goal is to bring back a sense of pride within our streets, while showcasing artistic talent.

This project has been developed and curated by Simone Sheridan.

SAW is produced The Octapod Association and supported by Renew Newcastle.


culturehunter.org is your portal to arts and culture in the Hunter Region. If you are interested or involved in Hunter-based arts and culture, add yourself to our directory, post on the noticeboard and see what’s on  It’s free, so join now and start building your profile.

Culturehunter.org is managed by the Octapod Association


PODspace is a non-profit gallery run on a voluntary basis by a group of emerging artists and curators, with the support of the Octapod Association.  The objective of the gallery is to foster a dynamic and creative exhibition space for artists at low cost and in a supportive and stimulating environment. PODspace gallery presents over 16 exhibitions each year showing work in a variety of media. It is an ideal space to present group, solo or curated exhibitions, installation, experimental or performance works

Disability Network Hunter

Octapod has been working with the Disability Network Hunter to present their inaugural art exhibition for artists with a disability.

The exhibition is designed to showcase the artistic endeavors of artists with a disability and will provide an opportunity for them to engage with each other and the community.

“It’s an opportunity to showcase abilities, not disabilities,” said Karen Stace, of the Network.

Community Survey

Currently we are heading towards a new and exciting time. Octapod would like to revitalise our direction as an organisation and strive harder to meet the needs of the surrounding artistic community. So, we want to know what those needs are and we would like you to tell us.

Simply follow the link http://www.kwiksurveys.com?s=NIJMHK_84360b58 and complete a short survey. By donating a few minutes of your time, you will help the Octapod stay relevant and effective.