You, Yew, Ewe, U

It seems to be all systems go at Octapod at the moment – we’re recruiting new staff and volunteers, PODspace are opening a new exhibition this Thursday and we’re gearing up again for the This Is Not Art Festival.

A new exhibition at PODspace Gallery.

This week the second exhibition for 2012 starts on Wednesday at 12noon!!  The exhibition is by PODspace volunteer and Newcastle based artist Ahn WELLS and fellow Newcastle based artist Peter SPEIGHT and opens this Thursday night from 6pm.

This exhibition sees both artists pushing their individual art practices into new directions.  For SPEIGHT this will be the first time he exhibits his drawings within a white gallery space.  While WELLS is exploring ideas beyond her signature pattern and abstract based works on paper.

All artworks are for sale and you can view other examples of their work on their respective blogs.

Title: Two, Too, To, 2
Exhibition dates: Wed 22 Feb – Sat 10 Mar 2012
Opening night: Thursday 23 Feb 6-8pm at 401 Hunter St, Newcastle
Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-5pm
Contact: for further information about this exhibition.
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Twotooto2 invite

Twotooto2 Exhibition at PODSpace Gallery

Don’t Be Sheepish

PODSpace wants artists to be out and proud about their art. So they’re encouraging you to add yourself to by selecting one culturehunter member each month to promote on their webpage and social media. is another Octapod project. So, just like the way that Yew trees reach out their branches until they bend to the ground and put down roots, forming a circle of trees around the original trunk, Octapod is encircled by a cluster of its own mutually supportive offspring.

Update on the Arts from exists as a promotion and networking tool for all things arts related in the Hunter. It is free to join and use and is created with the arts in mind – for the benefit of artists and art-lovers alike.

The site has newly installed features that allow you to link to an artist whose posts interest you so that their new posts will be easy to find when you next log in. Go to to try it.

Unmissable Posts
Here is a selection of some current posts from

Urgent appeal
Terry Leahy will be presenting a preview of the film he is involved in making about the Chikukwa Permaculture Project at the next Permaculture Hunter Monthly Meeting on Wed. March 7th.

Permaculture film pic

Chikukwa Permaculture Project

Upply today!
Tourism businesses across Australia can apply for grants of up to $100,000 to develop and refresh their products.

Join contributors to the Maitland Hunter River Oral History project as they compare and contrast their memories of the floods in our town. Thursday 23rd, 6-8pm. That’s Tomorrow!!

flood pic

Maitland in Flood

Unity of Mind, Body and Spirit
Bodhi Festival invites you to join us for a special weekend of music, yoga, and healing. No matter who you are,… where you come from, or what path you tread, we say welcome.

Us, Come Fly With

“Come ‘Fly with us!”
Join artists Helen Hopcroft, Karen Robinson Smith and Tallulah Cunningham at Fig Tree Community Garden this Sunday for a morning of painting butterflies on the Croatian Club wall.

Last year, supported by an Octapod Seedpod grant, Fig Tree kicked off a series of free art workshops culminating in the painting of a butterfly mural on the Club wall, adjacent to the Garden. This year we’re back to paint more butterflies and everyone, young and old, is most welcome.

butterfly pic

Painting the Butterfly Mural

Where: Fig Tree Community Garden
What: a free community art workshop
When: 10am-midday Sunday 26th February
Why: because it’s fun!

Is This The Position for You?

This is Not Art is seeking an artist/producer or collective to conceive and facilitate an ambitious and visible project which will activate Newcastle’s public spaces and engage the community.

  •  The project is to presented during the 2012 This is Not Art Festival, held in Newcastle from September 27th – October 1st 2012.
  •  The artist will work closely with the festival directors and the TiNA festival coordinator.
  •  A history of working in public spaces and/or unusual venues is desirable.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a Volunteer position
HOW TO APPLY: Please send the following to
1.    One page description of your project – This should be a detailed description detailing how you envisage the project will be executed.
2.    Current resume.
3.    Any relevant support materials which might include documentation or recordings of previous works.