Octapod is a resouce base for creative projects in the Hunter region.
WHAT WE DO Octapod acts as a RESOURCE BASE for projects by providing them with a range of services and resources to support them to be managed effectively as well as contribute to local community cultural development. We currently support 5 projects. The level of support varies from project to project – some of them we manage ourselves and others we support in different ways. We do things like provide office and meeting space, give project management and grant writing advice, and act as a grant auspicing body. We also provide advice and info for individuals or groups with project ideas.
CURRENT PROJECTS SUPPORTED BY OCTAPOD
THIS IS NOT ART (TINA) FESTIVAL – Australia’s premier independent, emerging and experimental arts festival held in Newcastle. This Is Not Art is comprised of four wonderful festivals that cover electronic music and culture, independent music, critical thinking and all kinds of writing. Octapod coordinates the TINA Festival and works closely with the artistic directors of each festival that sit under the TINA umbrella.
CULTUREHUNTER.ORG – Online portal to arts and culture in the Hunter region - a great resource for artists/cultural organisations. Membership is FREE.
OCTAPOD MEDIA SPACE – a place for DIY media makers to play and call their own! Offering CHEAP video editing facilities to Octapod members.
PODSPACE GALLERY - is a non-profit gallery run on a voluntary basis by a group of emerging artists and curators, with support from Octapod. The objective of the gallery is to foster a dynamic and creative space for artists at low cost and in a supportive and stimulating environment.
OCTAPOD ZINE LIBRARY - an ecletic collection of over 2,000 zines, collected over the past 10 years, and classified by the National Library of Australia as a significant collection. Scissors, glue and scrap paper provided. Cheap copying facilities available. Cataloguing volunteers wanted.
SUPPORT FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS + CREATIVE TYPES Octapod is here to support the local community – use our space for meetings, screenings, workshops; join our elists and tap into our network of likeminded people; get advice to help get your project off the ground or stay on track; have a dedicated workspace; and get access to cheap printing facilities.