Smart Arts Port Stephens: Open for Registration

Smart Arts_FB_Profile 160x160-1Octapod is excited to announce that registrations are now open for Smart Arts Port Stephens. Following a recent community consultation with creatives in the Port Stephens area, a tailored program of workshops and one on one consultations is now being offered in March and April.

Smart Arts Port Stephens is a series of workshops and individual consultations which provide business and professional skills development as well as networking and collaboration opportunities for emerging and established artists, creative practitioners, arts and cultural professionals, managers and leaders of the Port Stephens area. The Smart Arts Port Stephens Program consists of one workshop and two consultations in Business for Creatives, and one workshop and one consultation in Community Arts and Grant Writing.

The program is subsidised by Port Stephens Council and only costs $50 (plus booking fee) per participant. Each participant will be able to access two workshops and three consultations at most.  If you are interested in attending only one part of the program, the fee remains $50 (plus booking fee). The Program will run during March and April 2016 at venues in Raymond Terrace, Tomaree and Nelson Bay.

Register and pay for the Smart Arts Port Stephens program via the Eventbrite page. Click on the green ‘REGISTER’ button. This is where you will select which workshop/s and/or consultation/s you would like to attend.

Please note that once you have registered and paid, you will need to contact The Business Centre or Octapod directly to book a time for a consultation. You do not need to contact them if you are only interested in attending workshops.


Business for Creatives
Wednesday 23 March
2.30 to 6.30pm at Port Stephens Community Arts Centre, 110 Shoal Bay Rd Nelson Bay

A specialised three hour workshop with one hour networking time, designed to build the business skills of creative people.

Community Arts and Grant Writing
Wednesday 13 April
2.30 to 6.30pm at Raymond Terrace Senior Citizens Centre, Boomerang Park Raymond Terrace

A tailored interactive three hour workshop with one hour networking time, designed to build the capacity and understanding of community arts principles and project delivery, community engagement, budgets, grant writing, collaborations and partnerships.

Please note that after you have registered and paid for the program, you will also need to contact either Octapod or The Business Centre to book the time of your consultation.

Business for Creatives
One-on-one practical small business solutions, guidance and direction for individual creatives.
Wednesday 30 March 10am to 1pm at Tomaree Library, Salamander Bay and 2.30 to 5pm at the Port Stephens Business Centre, Williams St Raymond Terrace

Wednesday 6 April 10am to 1pm at Tomaree Library, Salamander Bay and 2.30 to 5pm at the Port Stephens Business Centre, Williams St Raymond Terrace

Tuesday 12 April at the Port Stephens Business Centre, William St Raymond Terrace 10am-5pm

To book a Business for Creatives consultation time: Contact The Business Centre on 02 4925 7700 or

Community Arts and Grant Writing ####FULLY BOOKED####
One-on-one sessions for creatives, small groups and not for profit organisations to prepare projects for funding and grant applications.

Tuesday 19 April and Tuesday 26 April 10am to 2pm at Business Port Stephens, William St Raymond Terrace

Wednesday 27 April 10am to 2pm at Tomaree Library, Salamander Bay

To book a Community Arts and Grant Writing consultation time: Contact Justine Cogan, Development Manager, Octapod on 02 4021 1605 or Note: Places are limited. #####PLEASE NOTE: This consultation is now FULLY BOOKED. Please contact us if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.####

Access: Port Stephens Business Centre and Tomaree Library are both wheelchair accessible. Port Stephens Community Arts Centre is wheelchair accessible but note that the entrance is on a steep slope. For other access queries, contact Octapod via or call 4021 1605.

For more information about Smart Arts Port Stephens, please contact:
James Campbell ( or Maddie Rosenthal ( at Port Stephens Council or phone 4980 0255.