The Paint Has Dried

An Update from the team at Podspace

The Pod Team has turned into the Pod Painting Team this week.  Thanks to our hard working builders, we started painting on Thursday morning assuming that we would get it all over and done with by 4pm.  Turns out painting takes longer than we expected and we are up to our third painting adventure this week.  Lucky we have had some fun while doing it, eating muffins baked by the fabulous Christina and passing the time with endless chattering mixed in with ideas for this new space.

Our first exhibition in this wonderful new space is a FUNDRAISER exhibition to help us build the final wall of the gallery.  Local artists plus the Pod Team are exhibiting artwork and 50-100% of the sales will go towards the final renovations.

The FUNDRAISER exhibition starts next Wed, 16 Nov until Sat, 3 Dec.

Gallery hours are the same:  Wed – Sat 12noon – 5pm.

We invite you all to the opening night of this exhibition and help us celebrate our new gallery on Thursday, 17 Nov from 6pm!!

Til next week’s update! is a website dedicated to arts and culture in the Hunter region. This is more than just a ‘What’s On?’ for the Hunter, it is a space where anyone can log on and share their ideas, opinions and suggestions about anything and everything related to arts and culture.

The website has been evolving and growing over the past 12 months into a functional and user friendly site and is approaching 30,000 hits for the year!

Community usage of the site is growing with an 8.5% increase on last month. This year, most users of are from Australia (25,007), followed by the US (1009), UK (382), India (247) and Canada (176), with the most popular Directory Entry being Olive Tree Markets! is also going to start featuring an artist on its facebook page each week.  To polish up your Directory Entry, visit or if you just want to have a browse of the What’s On calendar go to .

HATCH: Octapod’s Creative Ideas Night

Have you been brooding on some cracking collaborative art project? But how do you start without resources and connections? It can be a ‘chicken and egg’ problem. Or maybe you’re cooped up at home, scratching around for something to get creative with. Well Octapod is here for you!

We can take you under our wing, with space and resources you can use and a network of connections in the arts community. Come out of your shell and give your fledgling project a good run! Don’t be chicken; come on down!

When: Thursday 24th, November

Time: 6pm- 8pm

Where: Octapod 401 Hunter St, Newcastle

OCTAPOD Launch Party

Since vacating Octapod’s previous beloved place of residence: TPI House, the Octapod has spent weeks cocooning, preparing, reinventing and refurbishing in our new space.  Now we are ready to open the doors to the world with a fresh breeze under our wings and a thirst for supporting the local community with our resources, knowledge and love of art.

So please join us for an evening of celebration.

When: Friday 2nd November

Time: 4pm – 6pm

Where: 401 Hunter St, Newcastle

Art Counts exhibition

Presented by the Disability Network Hunter, ‘Art Counts’ is an exhibition showcasing the works of artists with disabilities in support of the ‘Every Australian Counts’ campaign for a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Curated by Sally Bourke.

When: 24 November 2011

Repeats every week on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until Sun Dec 11 2011 .

Times: Gallery hours: 12-5pm

Address: Newcastle Art Space (NAS)246 Parry St Hamilton East, NSW

Cost: Free

Opening : Thursday 24th November at 11am at NAS (Newcastle Art Space).

All are welcome to attend and meet the artists.