Welcome to our December 2013 newsletter featuring the latest from Octapod and arts and culture in the Hunter. We have lots of announcements to make as we end the year, including the launch of our 2014 Program, a new position available, and other great news.
Welcome new board members
Two new board members were formally approved last night – Jean Stora is our new Treasurer and Jane Grimley has taken on the role of General Member. Jean used to work as Octapod’s Accounts Officer and so it is a great pleasure to have him back as part of the team. Jane first connected with Octapod through her role as Crack Theatre Festival Director in 2010/2011 and is keen to get more involved with the Newcastle art scene since moving here from Sydney a few months ago. We also welcome back Jaye Hardy, who recently took some time off the board while she settled into her new role as a mum.
We are still looking for a couple more people to join the board. If you would like to find out more, contact Christina Robberds via email@example.com or call 0415 699 227.
Octapod is proud to announce the launch of our 2014 Program. As an organisation that supports a vibrant, diverse and sustainable arts community in the Hunter region, we strive to deliver a range of projects that build capacity within the sector, support artists to develop their professional and creative skills, provide opportunities for artists to present and promote new work as well as develop new ways to support participation in the arts by diverse communities. Read more.
Disability Action Plan
During 2013 Octapod worked with Nicola Pilkinton to develop a Disability Access and Inclusion Strategic Plan for 2014-2017. This document outlines Octapod’s commitment to access and inclusion in the arts for people with disability and will help guide the future direction of Octapod’s Creative Access Program and other key projects. An Action Plan will be developed in early 2014 to identify practical strategies for the next four years. You can read Octapod’s Disability Action Plan here.
Creative Access Guide launched
Octapod’s new Creative Access Guide was launched at the Creative Access Network meeting on 6 December. Mind you, we gave it a brief outing at the Don’t Dis My Ability event in Maitland Park a few days earlier. This Guide helps people with disability connect with artists and inclusive arts programs. It outlines the services and initiatives that make up Octapod’s Creative Access Program and can be downloaded from the Octapod website here.
Industry Partnership with UoN announced
Octapod is excited to announce that a formal Industy Partnership has been developed with the University of Newcastle (UoN). This partnership builds on the long term financial support that UoN has provided to Octapod to help us deliver TiNA. This Industry Partnership will see Octapod working with a number of students across a range of faculties to help us to deliver our core projects: TiNA, PODspace, Culture Hunter and our Creative Access Program. Students will gain substantive real world experience in the creative sector as part of their studies.
Position available: Community Liaison Officer
Octapod is currently recruiting for a Community Liaison Officer. This is a new part-time position that will assist Octapod to better engage with the community. Key duties include: developing partnerships across the broader Hunter region, developing and implementing community engagement strategies, and developing a range of services for artists. Applications close COB Friday 24 January 2014. The Job Description can be downloaded here.
Christmas holiday dates
Octapod will close on Friday 20 December 2013 and re-open on Monday 6 January 2014.
Women, Water, Seeds: Project by Fern York
Octapod provided local artist Fern with her first creative residency space back in 2010 and 2011, when Fern as working with the local organisation Kanuguba (meaning ‘for humanity’ or ‘belonging to humanity’). Fern has recently been accepted for her first international artist residency in India and Nepal and is seeking financial support from the community via a Pozible campaign to help fund her activities including facilitating art workshops with The Global Women’s Project in Nepal. Donations can be made through this link:http://www.pozible.com/womenwaterseeds. Read more.
Exhibition: Off The Wall at Four Point Gallery
Four Point Gallery is a new gallery space on Hunter St, Newcastle West, supported by Renew Newcastle. Their latest exhibition, Off The Wall, opens on 11 December at 681B Hunter St (near Spotlight).
Off the Wall features two local Newcastle artists, Jason Sar & Rebecca Watson. Jason’s work covers figures, contemporary abstract works in acrylic, watercolour & ink. Rebecca’s work is photographic & collage based. http://www.4pointgallery.com
Creativity, Health and Happiness at The ART House
Discovering through art, the richness and wisdom of our own internal world, the ability to find our own answers, our own way, based on a strong sense of self is what Creativity, Health and Happiness is all about.
Find out about workshops at The ART House: http://www.lovethearthouse.com/whats-on.html
Featuring The Rehab Brace Band: Jeremy Borthwick – Trombone, Dave Thompson – Trumpet, Paul Isaacs – Tenor Saxophone, Peter Gray – Bass, James Wyatt – Guitar, and David Tracey – Drums. $15/$10 concession. http://www.nima.org.au
Check out more of the latest arts and cultural news and events in the Hunter at culturehunter.org.