Octapod is the key arts and cultural development organisation servicing the Lower Hunter region.

For twenty one years Octapod has been the place where hundreds of emerging artists, curators, arts administrators and managers have launched their creative careers and where dozens of innovative community led creative projects have found their feet and made positive change for our region.

Octapod’s values of innovation, sustainability, inclusion and collaboration continue to provide the backdrop to our services for artists, arts workers and community driven creative projects. 


► Auspicing

We can auspice your grant or philanthropic funding, co-manage your creative project and grant finances and acquit your project.

► Consultancy

Our team specialises in arts program development and management including community consultation, community cultural development and creative project planning for local government, non government and community organisations, groups and individuals.

► Insurance

Octapod can cover your public liability insurance (PLI) when you are mentored by us or deliver a creative project auspiced by us.

► Mentoring

Fresh out of mojo and need support to get back on track? With years of combined experience, our team can guide you through the experiences of being an artist or creative small business.

► Workshops

Our expertise is widely acknowledged across the Hunter region’s arts sector particularly in specialist areas of grant writing and the funding environment, the arts and cultural sector, community arts and cultural development, inclusion in the arts and creative project development and management. We have strategic relationships across the arts, business and community sectors to connect you and enhance your creative project.

Examples of our work include:
  • Producing TiNA for 20+ years in Newcastle
  • Providing organisational mentoring to the Artist Run Initiative Newcastle (ARIN) (Visual Arts), Inside Out (Visual Arts, Maitland) and Write Up! (Writing, Newcastle)
  • Presenting The Storm Creative Exchange – a partnership between Octapod and Open Cage Ensemble, an inclusive theatre group, that delivered a community arts residency at Nobbys Beach in Newcastle
  • Community Cultural Development and Grant Writing Workshops in Wyong
  • Smart Arts Community Consultation and Professional Development Workshops in Port Stephens
  • Access and Inclusion in the Arts Community Forum in Port Stephens and Maitland
  • ‘Inside Out’ Creative Community Consultation, Inclusive Professional Development and Networking in Maitland


What people say about working with us:

“The partnership between Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG) and Octapod started out as a pilot project, but our alliance has become embedded in each of our artistic programs across multiple platforms with broad ranging outcomes, none more important than increasing the capacity of our Gallery to be more inclusive, relevant and giving. As a result we each stand more resilient, proud and connected to our communities.” 

Brigette Uren, Cultural Director, Maitland Regional Art Gallery

“Critical Animals [part of TiNA] is doing an incredible job of engaging emerging professionals in the arts, media, and research communities in particular, it provides an encouraging, yet academically and artistically rigorous, environment for students at all levels to develop confidence, ideas, and collaborations that inject enthusiasm into academic communities. Keep up the good work!” Critical Animals artist 2016

I came to Octapod at the nadir of my depression. I had landed a disability from a career, and felt unable to pick up any thread of my previous existence. It felt like Octapod listened and participated…they were making programs with us and by us…I love this ‘doing it together’…that led to a lot for me. It has been real growth, not just something to keep us out of the house in the day.” Kerri Shying, Artist, Writer, Recipient of the Writing NSW Early Career Writer Grant 2017

Check out some Case Studies of our work to find out more about what we do, who we work with and the impact of our work for individuals, communities and organisations.
CONTACT US to discuss how Octapod can best support your creative and professional skills development or be of service to you, your organisation or community.