This is Not Art 2021

The This is Not Art (TiNA) Festival is an emerging and experimental multi-disciplinary arts festival that celebrates Newcastle as a leading creative city. Now in its 24th year, TiNA is a platform for emerging and experimental artists from around the country to present new work, share ideas, network and express their unique selves to a supportive audience.

As a result of COVID 19, the festival was cancelled in 2020 and it was decided that TiNA would be presented in 2021 as two micro festivals, one in February and one in October. The February festival, curated by Huw Jones, explored non-tangible materials of light and sound and featured more than thirty Hunter-based artists. Due to public health restrictions and lockdowns applied to the Hunter region in early August 2021, we have moved quickly to approach the October festival in new ways and ensure it can still be presented. Read on below for more.


This is Not Art Festival
Newcastle, Australia.

Programmed by Lauren van Katwyk


Octapod presents the 24th iteration of This is Not Art (TiNA), a micro Festival which will commission a small series of experimental multi-disciplinary works across the Hunter. Five experimental Hunter-based artists have been commissioned to help us present a reimagined This is Not Art in October 2021.  A new work will be released online each Friday during October, and an essay and panel discussion will close the festival at the end of the month.

01 OCT  |  Lottie Consalvo
08 OCT  |  Wanjun Carpenter
15 OCT  |  Dale Collier
22 OCT  |  Mikayla Nangle
29 OCT  |  Fiona Lee
30 OCT  |  R̶e̶s̶p̶o̶n̶s̶e̶  essay by Izabela Pluta
31 OCT  |  Artists Panel Discussion, moderateed by Izabela Pluta

The full festival is available at the TiNA website:

Stripped of any live audience, new works will be created by emerging and experimental artists at undisclosed locations, working to the theme Response (in spoken word: Response, Strikethrough). These works will be shared centrally on our website and made available on social media and other online platforms. An academic essay will examine the works, and to close the festival we will present an artists panel discussing the festival’s theme.

A response is a reaction to something. In the arts, we often talk about the audience’s response, or a critic’s response to ‘the work’. Strikethrough is a typographical presentation of words with a horizontal line through the centre, resulting in text like this. Unlike censored or redacted text, the words remain readable, but adding the strikethrough gives the words new meaning. On a digital screen (the canvas of so much of our lives right now) a strikethrough indicates something that was true and now isn’t, or a change in thought. On hand-written or type-written texts, a strikethrough can indicate a correction, a personal protest against a published perspective, or completing something.

What does Response mean? It is an artistic exploration of what has been lost, omitted, retracted or deleted in the arts as a result of the pandemic. It’s an exercise in art-for-arts sake, art without an audience and any number of avant-guarde interpretations along these lines.


City of Newcastle



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

Create NSW

This project is supported by Create NSW.



TiNA 2021 FEBRUARY: Friday 1 – Sunday 3 February 2021

Experimental sound and light, curated by Huw Jones (aka Fox Control)

In February, Newcastle-based producer and experimental sound artist Huw Jones (aka Fox Control) curated a three day festival, held 19-21 February 2021, featuring 27 Hunter-based artists across six events including a ‘Sonic Take-Over’ of Newcastle Museum,  and ‘Sound City’ activations across Newcastle East. The mix of talented local artists featured in activations included; 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 and Josh Barnett.

The TiNA 2021 showcase of experimental artists celebrated non-tangible mediums such as light, sound and performance. Diverse acts explored anything from immersive sound experiments, light projections to brainwave-controlled synthesisers (Yes, electrodes were connected to the performers brain..!)

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.