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Octapod e-News December 2013

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 admin@octapod.org or call 0415 699 227.

Octapod_2014_Program2014 Program
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_LaunchedDisability 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.

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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_CLOPosition 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.

Fern YorkWomen, 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 GalleryOff The Wall exhibition
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

All This-smallCreativity, 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

NIMA Christmas BashNIMA Xmas Bash
Join NIMA for their end of year Bash at the Underground Hotel on 17 December.

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.

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Octapod e-News November 2013

Welcome to our November 2013 newsletter featuring the latest from Octapod and arts and culture in the Hunter.  

Critical Party Animals- The Animalia Launch 18 TINA WEBTiNA 2013 Wrap Up
Well, we have taken some time to sit back and absorb the wonder that was the 2013 This Is Not Art Festival. Our favourite four days in Newcastle were filled with new smiles, special venues, passionate souls, hungry minds, familiar faces, generous hearts, curious adventurers, kind volunteers and gifted hands.

In typical TiNA tradition, our festival spilled into many unique venues. Cafes, pubs, a dance hall, a former Police Station, a former church all and empty storefronts, all became backdrops for our festival. Read more.

Simone Sheridan to stay on as TiNA Co-Director
Octapod is excited to announce that Simone Sheridan will stay on as TiNA Co-Director until the end of the year. After stepping into the role six weeks before this year’s festival while Sarah Thrift had a baby, Simone will now work alongside Sarah to plan for TiNA 2014. The office is abuzz with new ideas between these two energetic co-conspirators.

Art Counts Opening Performance Octopod BannerArt Counts exhibition celebrates creativity
Over 80 people joined us for the opening of Art Counts on Wednesday 13 November in the  Black Box Theatre at the Newcastle Community Art Centre. The venue was well suited for the opening as Tantrum Theatre’s Creating the Self ensemble gave a short performance and the Connectability Australia Digi PIP (Personal Interest Project) digital story was shown on the big screen.

Over 90 works were displayed as part of this annual exhibition for emerging artists with disability and carers from the Hunter region. Showcasing work from across the arts and disability sectors, the exhibition focussed on art making, not disability. Read more.

Octapod seeking new board members
Octapod is looking for two or three new people to join the board. As an organisation that seeks to contribute to a sustainable creative sector in the Hunter, we are looking for people with ideas and connections across the community and private sectors to be part of the team. For more information, contact Christina Robberds, Octapod Director via admin@octapod.org or call 9415 699 227.

Self Portrait Domonic by Domonic Freestone Photo by Justine PotterCreative Access Network: final meeting for 2013
After successfully relaunching in May with a new name and a stronger sense of purpose, the Creative Access Network has met quarterly during 2013 to build connections across the arts and disability sectors. The final meeting of the year (6 Dec) is a time to reflect and plan for 2014. It will also feature presentations on art therapy from Karen Adler as well as Tantrum Theatre’s Creating the Self multi-arts project. Read more.

Memory Room Digi Story screening
For most of this year Tara Jones, a documentary filmmaker, has worked with refugees connected with Penola House in Mayfield West on a digital storytelling project. The project is now at a close and a selected number of digi stories will be screened at Penola House’s end of year party. This project has demonstrated the importance of process when working with vulnerable communities and has developed our understanding that relationship is at the core of any community cultural development project. 

tantrum-small-logo-with-whiteTantrum Theatre position available
Tantrum is hiring! They are looking for a fabulous part-time Admin and Accounts superstar! Click here for the position description and please forward to anyone who might be interested in joining the Tantrum Theatre team. Applications addressing the key selection criteria should be emailed to: ad@tantrumtheatre.org.au by 5pm, Monday 2 December 2013.

Underground Epicureans Feast of the Seven FishesUnderground Epicureans Feast of the Seven Fishes
Following on from the huge success of the Underground Epicurean’s collaboration with Octapod for the TiNA Art Feast, you are invited to join the Epicureans for a swell of seafood and a warm welcome to a traditional family Christmas meal known as the Feast of the Seven Fishes. As the fisherman’s dinner guest you can expect to be welcomed into a spectacular but casual, rustic homely atmosphere.

Bring some friends and meet some perfect strangers at their final event for the year (7 Dec). The Fisherman’s Feast is on sale now ($99 per person). Get your tickets here.

Stooged Theatre The RemovalistsREVIEW: Stooged Theatre presents The Removalists 
Are you thinking of going to see The Removalists at the Civic Theatre? Check out this review of the show by Culture Hunter writer, Brooke Gizzi. It finishes this Saturday 23 November.

hit_the_bricks_look_hear-550x535LOOK HEAR presents Hit The Bricks: Street Art Festival
Bringing together some of the most skilled and esteemed creators of street art, Hit The Bricks will be coming to Newcastle in November to bring art to the streets. Culminating over three days (22-24 Nov), the festival will play host to an expansive selection of renowned artists all using walls as their canvas. Read more.

1233 Artalogue: Hunter region public and street art
A collection of public and street art from around the Hunter region, sent in by listeners of ABC Newcastle’s Drive show with Paul Bevan. Check out the full map here and follow 1233 Artalogue here.

Check out more of the latest arts and cultural news and events in the Hunter at culturehunter.org.

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Octapod e-News October 2013

Welcome to our October 2013 newsletter featuring the latest from Octapod and arts and culture in the Hunter. This month we say farewell to This is Not Art (TiNA) for another year and look ahead to the Art Counts exhibition for aspiring artists with disability as well as professsional development opportunities for artists and community organisations.

TiNA wrap upThis_is_Not_Art_logo_2013_landscape-01
Newcastle once again played host to our beloved TiNA. Offering over 150 events spread out over 23 venues across the CBD, the festival offered space for artistic collaboration and discovery. 2013 was a year of special milestones – the National Young Writers’ Festival turned sweet 16 and Critical Animals turned 10. The program reflected the celebration and contemplation that comes with reaching a certain age.

Octapod would like to thank all of our volunteers, artists, venues and sponsors for their support. There’s still time to give us some feedback about your TiNA experience and go in the draw to win a prize donated by Blackbird Corner. Fill out the TiNA participant survey and we’ll let you know on Friday 11 October at 5pm whether you have won the prize.

Portrait by Kell Miller. Photo by Adam SandfordArt Counts: Call for artist submissions
Octapod is now accepting artist submissions for the annual Art Counts exhibition.

Works in any medium are welcome from people with disability and carers who live in the Hunter region. Application forms and all work for the exhibition need to be dropped off to the Octapod office at the Newcastle Community Art Centre by Friday 1 November.

The exhibition will be held at the Blackbox Theatre at the Newcastle Community Art Centre from Wednesday 13 – Saturday 16 November. We are once again holding an Art Market on the opening day (Wed 13 November) and are inviting applications for stallholders to sell their handmade craft items. Application forms are available here.

Running Your Own Creative BusinessAFTRS logo
Presented by Monica Davidson, Running Your Own Creative Business is absolutely essential for those seeking a successful career in any creative industry. This full day workshop will help you understand the importance of applying business principles to your creative work, manage your finances more effectively, understand tax as it applies to a creative business, gain familiarity with basic contracts and copyright laws, learn how to market your services effectively and efficiently.

BOOK ONLINE: http://www.open.aftrs.edu.au/course/K555  or call 1300 065 281.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Email open@aftrs.edu.au

The Running Your Own Creative Business workshop is being presented by the Australian Fim Television and Radio School in partnership with the City of Newcastle and Octapod.

Free community governance training program
In response to the growing need of local not-for-profit groups seeking help with the good running of their boards, the City of Newcastle is presenting a program of three practical workshops (2 hours each) on 14 October, 28 October and 4 November from 3pm-5pm at Wallsend District Library.  Registration is free and participants are expected to attend all three workshops.

Venue, registration and further information can be found here.

newinstlogoThe Art Gallery fiasco – what have we learnt?
The Newcastle Institute presents a forum to explore the lessons of the Newcastle Art Gallery fiasco. A major expansion of Newcastle’s Art Gallery has been a dream of supporters of the Gallery for years.  Until recently, it seemed that this would finally be achieved, with plans in place, fourteen million dollars of Federal and State funds on the table, and building work under way.  Now the building work is on hold, the funds gone, and questions are being asked:- Why? and What happens now?

Panellists will discuss these questions and include: Denise Frost from the Art Gallery Foundation;  Vic Levi, Chairman of Hunter Academy of Sport;  Chris Ford, Communications Consultant & Art Patron ;Martin McKenzie of Octapod, representing young, alternate and emerging artists; and Gillean Shaw, Art Curator at Newcastle University. Bernie Curran will take the role of facilitator in a Q&A style panel/public discussion.

This forum is open to the general public.  Admission is a $5 donation and can be paid at the door. Bookings not required. 7pm. Wednesday 9th October at Newcastle City Hall (Hunter Room)

For more information: Contact www.newinstitute.org.au or Sheena Martin 0408 733386

Check out more of the latest arts and cultural news and events in the Hunter at culturehunter.org.

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Octapod e-News August 2013

Welcome to our August 2013 newsletter featuring the latest from Octapod and arts and culture in the Hunter.

New Look Octapod LaunchedOctapod_Home_Slider
Octapod has partnered with Newcastle design studio, Neon Zoo to revitalise the organisation’s identity. As Octapod’s official Design Partner, Neon Zoo has generously committed considerable time and talent refreshing the Octapod brand and the organisation’s key projects including This is Not Art (TiNA), PODspace Gallery and Culture Hunter. The new identity for Octapod and TiNA 2013 has now been rolled out – a huge thanks to the super talented, Neon Zoo for all their fabulous work.

This is Not ArtilleryGuns_This_is_Not_ARTillery Raffle
Created as a fundraising event in the lead-up to This is Not Art (TiNA), Octapod and The Lunaticks Society have joined forces to create a unique opportunity to fire one of two 6-inch Mk VII guns. Installed as the main armament in 1911 at the historic Fort Scratchley site, they are the only guns to ever have been used in crossfire on 8 June 1942 - the day World War II came to Newcastle. For your chance to fire one of the guns and help support TiNA 2013, get you raffle tickets here.

PODspace Gallery – Call for Curators
PODspace Gallery is currently looking for new volunteer curators to join the team. If you are an arts student, past or present, or have a strong desire to work in and amongst a gallery setting, then PODspace is a great place to start learning the ropes. While PODspace is currently operating outside a traditional gallery space, experimenting with pop-up style exhibitions the Gallery looks to move back to a regular exhibition space in 2014.

If you interested in becoming part of the PODspace Gallery team and would like to learn more please contact Octapod Director, Christina Robberds at admin@octapod.org or 0415 699 227.

Creative Access Network meeting 16 August 2013 group discussionCreative Access Network Meeting Recap
With the support of The City of Newcastle, Octapod facilitated another successful meeting of the Creative Access Network held recently at Wallsend Library. Twenty six interested participants from a variety of backgrounds enjoyed a valuable presentation by local Ability Links representatives, Thea Keane and Carly Britton. Participants also took part in a dynamic discussion about inclusive practice, focusing on practical and sustainable ways for artists and arts organisations to enhance their access, market their events and build new audiences particularly in the context of the launch of the DisabilityCare Australia scheme in Newcastle and the Hunter region.

Running Your Own Creative Business Workshop
AFTRS RYOCB Newcastle_Flyer 2013 - CopyPresented by Monica Davidson, Running Your Own Creative Business is absolutely essential for those seeking a successful career in any creative industry: film and television, visual artists, musicians, performers and writers. This workshop running 21 October at Newcastle Museum, is aimed at people working in creative fields but is also open to the wider community. MORE

Local Traders Loving TiNA
Every year, thousands of people converge on Newcastle, to experience one of Australia’s best known and well-loved festivals, This is Not Art (TiNA). Held over the October long weekend, TiNA celebrates emerging and experimental arts through delivery of over 200 free events to both local and out of town audience members. Activating 22 venues around the Newcastle CBD, the festival encourages audiences to meander through the city, exploring and discovering events and performances in places and spaces, both unusual and unexpected.

The huge influx of audiences into Newcastle’s CBD creates an injection of funds into local businesses, presenting great economic benefits and outcomes. This year, local businesses in Newcastle’s CBD are invited to show their support for the festival by participating in the Local Traders Loving TiNA program.

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stARTtalking is an initiative by Newcastle artist Kathie Bowtell, which aims to raise of awareness of the prevention of suicide, raise funds for Lifeline Newcastle & Hunter and support grieving families. Over the course of the next year, Kathie will create ten portraits of loved ones who have died by suicide, which will be unveiled at the inaugural exhibition in May 2014. The portraits will be available for purchase with all funds raised going to support Lifeline’s lifesaving work. MORE

Laman Street Art Prize – Nature Remembered
Hunter residents are invited to participate in the first Laman Street Art Prize, established to remember the Laman Street fig trees. Mediums include drawing, printmaking, clay, wood, fibre, metal or mixed media. Total prize money is $7,000 and deadline for entries is 1 December 2013. The inaugural Laman Street Art Prize exhibition will be held Friday 24 January to 9 February 2014. MORE

China Festival on this Sunday UoN China Festival_Poster_HIRES-SML
The Confucius Institute at the University of Newcastle will produce Newcastle’s first China Festival this Sunday, 1 September at the University’s Callaghan Campus. The festival will be a vibrant cultural experience full of fun and fascinating performances, demonstrations and hands on workshops. MORE

Upcoming Hunter Writers Centre Workshops
During October Hunter Writers Centre is running workshops in Professional Self-Publishing and Newcomers Creative Writing. Register now to secure your place. MORE

Sensory Delight, Event Invite Front - CopySensory Delight Exhibition – Opening 5 September
Studio Bliss Designs is offering a unique opportunity to be fascinated, informed and delighted by a therapeutic artwork of sensory indulgence. Sensory Delight 2013 is a multi-sensory environment, created by artist, Bliss Cavanagh that promises to deliver a positive and unforgettable experience accessible to everyone. MORE

The Lock-Up Gallery: 2014 Exhibition Program Applications Now Open
The Lock-Up Cultural Centre is now accepting proposals for exhibitions in the Gallery throughout 2014. Closing date is Monday, 16 September 2013. MORE

Check out more of the latest arts and cultural news and events in the Hunter at culturehunter.org.

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Octapod e-News July 2013

Welcome to our July 2013 newsletter featuring the latest from Octapod and arts and culture in the Hunter.

PODspace at the LighthousePODspace_at_the_Lighthouse_JUL13_7
Helped along by glorious weather, more than 4000 people visited Nobbys Lighthouse during PODspace Gallery’s recent exhibition, ‘PODspace at the Lighthouse’.

Featuring local artists Michael Randall, Carolyn McKay, Peter Lankas, Liam Power, Nicole Chaffey and Anna Jaaniste, the exhibition comprised works in and around the Signal Master’s Cottage, responsive to and from the site.

Works ranged from photography to plein air paintings and installations. Highlights included a camera obscura room set-up by Michael Randall that saw upside down images of the harbour projected onto the wall, and a TV set up in the bathtub by Carolyn McKay as part of her sound installation. The en plein air workshop facilitated by painter Peter Lankas saw five participants develop their skills while taking in the amazing views over the Newcastle city and harbour. MORE

Octapod Welcomes New TreasurerMarika_Moore_Octapod_Treasurer
Octapod is delighted to announce Marika Moore has joined the Board as our new Treasurer. Marika is a director and accountant at JSA Accounting and Tax. Marika established the Accounting and Tax division of the JSA Group in 2009.  She is a Chartered Accountant with accounting and tax experience of over 12 years. Based in Newcastle, Marika is associated with the media and arts industry, enjoying working with many creative clients. Octapod welcomes Marika and is super excited to have a professional financial guru join the ranks.

Ka-Ching! TiNA Shop Call Out
TiNA ShopWant to sell your wares at this year’s TiNA festival? Well you can, in our very own curated TiNA Shop. Extending on from TiNA’s traditional Sunday market we are creating a space, which will be open every day of the festival.

Situated in the heart of the Hunter Street Mall, TiNA Shop will house all kinds of quirky things to buy and remember those special TiNA times. Interested? Shoot an email to admin@thisisnotart.org and let us know what you’ve got to sell.

Creative Access Network – Meeting 16 August
The next Creative Access Network meeting will be held 1:00-4:00pm, Friday 16 August at Wallsend Library Multipurpose Function Room. Guest speakers include representatives from Disability Care Australia and Ability Links. Following guest presentations, a discussion about inclusive practice will be held. Anyone interested in coming along is invited to attend. RSVP by 13 August via access@octapod.org or 0415 699 227.

The Creative Access Network is an initiative of Octapod with the support of The City of Newcastle. MORE

Reg Russom Drawing Prize 2013
Reg_RussomArtists and art students aged 30 years and under, residing in the Hunter region are invited to submit works for the Reg Russom Memorial Drawing Prize 2013. This year’s Reg Russom prize money will include an Eckersley’s Encouragement Award of $200 and The Hunter TAFE Foundation sponsored Reg Russom Memorial Prize of $1000. Entries close 5pm Friday, 2 August. MORE

PODspace Gallery – Call for New Curators
PODspace Gallery is currently looking for new volunteer curators to join the team. If you are an arts student, past or present, or have a strong desire to work in and amongst a gallery setting, then PODspace is a great place to start learning the ropes. While PODspace is currently operating outside a traditional gallery space, experimenting with pop-up style exhibitions the Gallery looks to move back to a regular exhibition space in 2014.

If you interested in becoming part of the PODspace Gallery team and would like to learn more please contact Octapod Director, Christina Robberds via admin@octapod.org or 0415 699 227. An information session is also being held for anyone interested in getting involved 5:30-6:30pm, Wednesday 31 July at Newcastle Community Arts Centre.

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Photo courtesy of Connectability

Art Counts Committee Members Invited
Art Counts is an art exhibition for people with disability and their carers. The project was established in 2010 by the Disability Network Hunter and is now managed by Octapod through the Creative Access Network.

Octapod is interested in hearing from emerging artists, arts workers, curators or people interested in the arts, to form a committee that will drive and coordinate Art Counts in 2013.

This opportunity is open to people with and without disability in the Hunter region. For more information please contact Christina Robberds via admin@octapod.org or 0415 699 227.

NSW Visual Arts Fellowship for Emerging Artists
Applications are now open for the NSW Visual Arts Fellowship for Emerging Artists. The $30,000 fellowship will enable the recipient to undertake a self-directed program of professional development which may include but is not limited to: travel, mentorships, residencies, research, and/or the creation of new work. Applications close Midnight, Wednesday 14 August 2013. MORE

Take Your Seat at the Regal!
Take your seat at the RegalHelp the Regal Cinema purchase a new digital projector by sponsoring a Regal Cinema chair. For $150 sponsors will receive a plaque with their name/s inscribed and attached to the back of a seat at Regal Cinema – only 100 seats available. To secure your place in Regal history contact David Horkan at davehorkan@bigpond.com or 02 4951 1611.

Hunter Arts Worker Database Call Out
Opportunity exists for artists from all mediums with experience working in disability or mental health to register with the Hunter Arts Worker Database. Applications are encouraged from practicing artists and arts workers, with and without disability, who live in the Hunter region. Experience of working with people with disability, or a desire to do so is essential.

The launch of Disability Care Australia in Newcastle in July means that individuals with disability will have control over how their funding is spent. Octapod has already started taking calls from families and services looking for artists and mainstream arts activities. Registration on the database will make it easier for people to find arts workers and will be one of the main resources that Octapod now refers people to.

Artists interested in registering are invited to download an application form and return to access@octapod.org. Registration is free.

The Hunter Arts Worker Database is an initiative of Octapod supported by The City of Newcastle. MORE

Drawing Workshop – Drawn from Life with Peter LankasPeter_Lankas_Drawn_from_Life_Workshop
On Saturday, 3 August a drawing workshop with Peter Lankas is being held at Newcastle Community Arts Centre. ‘Drawn from Life’ will focus on drawing as direct observation, mark-making, creative discovery and its physicality. The workshop is suitable for beginner to advanced. Cost is $75 including life model. To register, email peter.lankas@gmail.com or phone 0422 954 662.

Lower Hunter Photo Competition
The Department of Planning & Infrastructure is currently running a photo competition for the Lower Hunter discussion paper consultation. The Department wants ideas on how to make the region a better place to live. For a vie at the prize money entrants are invited send: a photo of an area of the Lower Hunter region that you like and want to protect/want to see more of; or a photo of an area that could be redeveloped/used differently. MORE

Check out more of the latest arts and cultural news and events in the Hunter at culturehunter.org.

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Octapod e-News June 2013

Welcome to our June 2013 newsletter featuring the latest from Octapod and arts and culture in the Hunter.

PODspace at the LighthousePODspace_at_the_Lighthouse
Following on from the success of INSERT, PODspace Gallery will be curating a two-week exhibition at Nobby’s Lighthouse; weekends 6-7 and 13-14 July. The exhibition will showcase local artists responding to and from Newcastle’s most prominent landmark as well as celebrating Newcastle and its rich arts community. PODspace Gallery will also be holding art-making workshops on site. MORE

Hunter Artsworker Database Call Out
Octapod is calling for artists from all mediums with experience working in disability or mental health contexts to register with the Hunter Artsworker Database. This resource is designed to promote the work that artists do to potential employers and/or creative collaborators.

The database will be housed on the Octapod website and will list artists according to arts practice and their experience working with people with disability and/or people with mental illness. Artists interested in registering are invited to download an application form and return to access@octapod.org by midday Thursday, 11 July 2013. Registration is free.

The Creative Access Network and Hunter Artsworker Database are initiatives of Octapod supported by The City of Newcastle. MORE

WATTS on WATT – City Evolutions Launches TonightUniversity-of-Newcastle-IT-City-Evolution-lights-up-Newcastle
Join in the free event to turn on the lights of City Evolutions and celebrate the history and everything that is great about Watt Street and Newcastle today. Watt Street will be open for pedestrians only as the bars, restaurants, galleries, theatres and venues open their doors onto the street with live music, great food, markets, street performances and more. MORE

PODspace Gallery – Call for New Curators
PODspace Gallery is currently looking for new volunteer curators to join the team. If you are an arts student, past or present, or have a strong desire to work in and amongst a gallery setting, then PODspace is a great place to start learning the ropes.

While PODspace Gallery is currently operating outside a traditional gallery space, experimenting with pop-up style exhibitions the gallery looks to move back to a regular exhibition space in 2014.

If you interested in becoming part of the PODspace Gallery team and would like to learn more please contact Octapod Director, Christina Robberds via admin@octapod.org or 0415 699 227.

Travelling Film Festival Comes to Town
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The Travelling Film Festival (TFF) is bringing a premium slice of Sydney Film Festival (SFF) to screen at Newcastle Tower Cinemas 21-23 June. Seven of the nine feature films are fresh from SFF including opening night feature Michael Winterbottom’s titillating tragedy ‘The Look of Love’. MORE

Morrow Park Fundraiser Gig
A special Morrow Park fundraiser will be held at the Lass O’Gowrie 13 July. Featuring one night only reunion performances by Mojo Juju & the Snake Oil Merchants and The Hauntingly Beautiful Mousemoon. Come along and support the artists and dig deep and give back to the creative community from the Morrow.

NYO_Logo_RGB_72dpi_20cmNewcastle Youth Orchestra
Two fantastic events by Newcastle Youth Orchestra are on this weekend, including:
Friday June 21 – The Orava Quartet
The superb ‘Orava Quartet’ are back in town and will be performing Haydn Opus 20 No.3, Jalbert Icefield Sonnets and Brahms Opus 51 No. 1 at 48 Watt St.

Saturday June 22 – From Russia With Love at Winter Heat and A Taste of Honeysuckle NYO presents ‘From Russia With Love’ in Harbour Square as part of Winterheat celebrations at Honeysuckle. In collaboration with local artists, fire installations and featuring local soprano, Eloise Rowland, this outdoor concert is sure to warm the hearts of many. MORE

Renew Newcastle’s Winter Wanderwinter-wander-2013-e-news
Join Renew Newcastle for Winter Wander, a free, guided walking tour of the newest activated spaces in Newcastle’s CBD, Thursday 4 July. You’ll discover handcrafted upcycled vintage industrial style furniture; a world-champion stone-carver’s studio and shop; dedicated shopfront for Newcastle’s Olive Tree Market; handcrafted slate homewares; a therapeutic, multi-sensory sculpture studio and the opening of a new exhibition of works by Kate Parker. MORE For more info head here. MORE

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The Real Film Festival (RFF) is back. An initiative of Screen Hunter Central Coast, the RFF is a holistic three day event created to foster and develop the art of storytelling real events through film.

As part of the festival a Short Film Competition is being held to provide incentive for filmmakers to tell their stories and showcase their talents. The competition comprises three categories including Primary School, High School and Open. Entries close 22 July. MORE

Check out more of the latest arts and cultural news and events in the Hunter at culturehunter.org.

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