Past Projects

This is where you will find details of our past projects. This is a work in progress! Please check back soon for more updates.



Write Up!
A mentoring and development program for writers based in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. It provides an inclusive space to develop creative practice and offers peer networking, guest speakers, workshops, creative development support and public presentation opportunities. Octapod provides organisational mentoring to support the professional development of this group with a view to it being a self sustaining Artist Run Initiative (ARI) after 6 months. Supported by Accessible Arts.

Inside Out
A mentoring and development program for visual artists based in Maitland. It provides an inclusive space to develop creative practice and offers peer networking, guest speakers, workshops, creative development support and public presentation opportunities. Octapod provides organisational mentoring to support the professional development of this group with a view to it being self sustaining Artist Run Initiative (ARI) after 12 months. Delivered in partnership with Ability Links NSW and Maitland Regional Art Gallery.



The Storm Creative Exchange

January 6 – February 4

Octapod and Open Cage Ensemble presented “The Storm”: a creative community arts residency at Nobbys Beach and surrounds on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the 2016 Summer School Holidays.

The program included free interactive art installations, workshops and pop-up performances people of all ages, with and without disability, could enjoy. 


Graffiti Art Workshops

January 11 and 12

Octapod partnered with UP&UP to deliver 2 graffiti art workshops during the January School Holidays.

15 participants created individual works on vinyls and contributed to a collective piece – ‘RISE’ – painted on an outside wall at Pachamama House.



Community Cultural Development and Grant Writing Workshops


Octapod delivered workshops to emerging and established artists in collaborative processes, community arts projects and grant writing within Wyong City Council LGA. This suite of workshops and services which supports arts and cultural development is available for local creative sectors around the region on a fee for service basis.

Creative Access Network


Open to anyone with an interest in access and inclusion in the arts, the Newcastle Creative Access Network facilitated by Octapod met at the Newcastle Art Gallery for a guided viewing of the Just Draw exhibition and gallery collection. Over the past two years, this network has provided valuable professional development and networking opportunities for artists with disability, arts organisations interested in inclusive practice and disability service providers exploring the arts and cultural experiences.


Smart Arts Community Consultation and Professional Development Workshops

Port Stephens

This hugely successful collaboration between Octapod, Port Stephens Council and The Business Centre (Newcastle) was a professional development program developed directly in response to a Community Consultation with Port Stephens creative community. The Workshop and one on one Consultation program for artists and creatives was tailored to the needs of the community and exceeded participation rates to become an ongoing highlight and success story of the Port Stephens arts community.


Access and Inclusion in the Arts Community Forum and One on One Consultations

Port Stephens

Octapod facilitated a Community Forum to bring together the arts and disability communities of Port Stephens to discuss access and inclusion in the arts within the context of the upcoming launch of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Octapod shared access and inclusion knowledge and resources with individual creatives in one on one sessions to build the capacity of local arts practitioners to provide inclusive programs and activities and to support for career development for artists with disability in Port Stephens.


Access and Inclusion in the Arts Community Forum


Maitland Regional Art Gallery hosted a morning of presentations and conversations which inspired individuals with and without disability and organisations from the arts and disability communities to support inclusive and accessible arts in the Maitland LGA. High profile presenters from around NSW informed the local community of NDIS processes and inclusive arts programs available to the community.


Inside Out Creative Community Consultation, Inclusive Professional Development and Networking

The Inside Out program was developed in partnership with the Maitland Regional Art Gallery in response to an express need for a program to support the professional development and networking needs of artists in Maitland. Using an inclusive Artist Run Initiative and Organisational Mentoring framework, a group of emerging and mid career artists will meet on a regular basis in 2017 to build on their professional skills and networks and to present work.


Artist Run Initiative Newcastle (ARIN) and Not My Place Exhibition

The Not My Place exhibition was the culmination of twelve months of inclusive and accessible professional career development and peer support opportunities for a group of emerging artists who work in a variety of mediums.  The artists worked throughout 2016 with Octapod as an Organisational Mentor, to build professional skills and networks to enable strong individual artistic identity and engagement in the arts and cultural environment.


Write Up! Literary Arts Artist Run Initiative


Write Up! is a program of inclusive and accessible peer support, mentoring and professional development opportunities for writers of all abilities. Developed in alignment with Hunter Writers Centre, with a focus on professional development experiences such as organised workshops, guest presentations and opportunities to connect with key literary arts communities, events and professionals, the group will be supported in creative development and mentored to work towards a public presentation event in 2017.


This is Not Art (TiNA)

Artists of all abilities were invited to participate in the annual TiNA Festival. Highlights included slam poetry, a workshop for adolescent writers, a festival feast, stand-up comedy, walking tours around Newcastle, a science party and some live bedtime stories. From the art novice right through to the dedicated arts and cultural community, there is something for everyone to enjoy.


Smart Arts


The two skill building workshops Creative Business and Marketing for Creatives were delivered by The Business Centre (Newcastle) at Pumphouse School of Design and the Hunter Design School.  A Creative Sector and Networking event at Catapult Dance Studio in partnership with SAMAG (Sydney Arts Management Advisory Group) presented a panel discussion with emerging arts leaders from around the state and Newcastle on the controversial topic of Arts Leading in Bleak Times.





Deaf Arts Forum
December 7

Accessible Arts, Octapod and Newcastle Community Art Centre partnered to present a Community Deaf Arts Forum that provided the opportunity for members of the Deaf/hard of hearing community to discuss opportunities to engage with the arts community in the Newcastle/Hunter region.




This is a work in progress! Please check back soon for more updates.