Digital collage of TiNA 2021 artists and inspiration materials, composed by Huw Jones.

This is Not Art 2021

This is Not Art (TiNA) is a marquee emerging arts festival that celebrates Newcastle as a leading creative city. In 2020, Octapod could not host the 23rd annual TiNA due to COVID-19.

This is Not Art is an iconic element of Newcastle’s unique cultural scene, and will continue into the future to imprint its distinct brand of creative art, music, writing and performance across multiple venues in the city of Newcastle. Emerging and experimental artists from around the country use TiNA as a platform to be inspired, share ideas, network and express their unique selves to a supportive audience.

In 2021, TiNA will be presented as TWO micro festivals

TiNA 2021 FEBRUARY: Friday 19 – Sunday 21 February 2021

TiNA 2021 OCTOBER: Friday 1 – Sunday 3 October 2021

Image above: Digital collage of TiNA 2021 artists and inspiration materials, composed by Huw Jones.


This is Not Art Festival 2021
It’s TiNA – but not as you know her.

Friday 19 – Sunday 21 February 2021
Newcastle, Australia.

The 23rd iteration of Newcastle’s iconic This is Not Art Festival (TiNA) presents a micro showcase of experimental artists working with light and sound. The three-day festival, held 19-21 February 2021 will start Friday evening and span the course of the weekend.

The TiNA 2021 showcase of experimental artists celebrates non-tangible mediums such as light, sound and performance and ranges from immersive sound experiments, light projections to brainwave-controlled synthesisers (Yes, electrodes will be connected to the performers brain..!) Festival goers will experience a ‘Sonic Take-Over’ of Newcastle Museum, ‘Sound City’ activations across Newcastle East and a secret ‘Sonic Bath’ held at sunrise.

Talented local artists featuring in the weekends activations include; Josh Ingle, Louisa Magrics, Boy Lost, Sean Balladen + Eliza Jane, Rubber Nurse, Boris Hoodie, Somnus Lak, Rewa Wright, Matthew Larner, Amelia Bessenyei, DOVE, Sam Madden, Josh Barnett and many more.

Curated by Huw Jones (aka Fox Control), full program announcement available Friday 5 February.

TiNA respectfully acknowledges the Awabakal, Worimi, Wonnarua and Darkinyung peoples – the traditional owners of the unceded land upon which we hold our Festival and other events. We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past and present.

TiNA is proudly supported by the City of Newcastle through the Council Support for the Arts and Cultural Organisations in Newcastle Program.


About Huw Jones

Huw Jones

Huw Jones (aka Fox Control) is an artist, music producer and musician. His audio work spans original commercial music releases, artist development and producing, sound design for art installations, composition for TV shows, live performances and radio. Huw lives in Newcastle, Australia.

Beginning his musical life as a passionate guitarist, Huw experienced a more ‘traditional’ music upbringing with private guitar tuition at Wagga Wagga Conservatorium before transitioning into the professional music world playing Blues, funk and hard rock. All the while Huw maintained a constant interest in the sonic and performative possibilities that music technology enables.

In 2012, Huw’s debut electronic music release as Fox Control was commercially well received, charting at #1 on iTunes in Australia. His contributions to many government funded theatre productions have earned him awards for ‘Excellence in Sound Design’ in 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019. In 2020 Huw had his first label release on Dutch record label Armada. View here

Huw’s passion for working with music technology has seen him create a diverse range of musical collaborations and productions including sound design for art installations, theme songs for TV shows, producing pop acts to working with institutions and music conservatories, production for traditional and classical music projects and international performances, such as this midi controller assisted performance at the United Nations Congress Hall in New York. View here. 

​Huw is a teacher at the University of Newcastle, TAFE NSW (Hunter Music Department), and has 15 years experience in private tuition and artist development.


Take a look at some past TiNA experiences we created a short vid for.