Octapod expertise contributes to International Summit

Octapod Development Manager Justine Cogan will participate in the upcoming Art & Artists: Public Galleries Summit held concurrently with the 21st Biennale of Sydney, speaking about her work as a leader in the field of inclusion in the arts.

Octapod is the key arts development service organisation for Newcastle and the Lower Hunter region and has been working with community to develop and facilitate inclusive artist run initiatives and opportunities for artists. In her role as Development Manager at Octapod Justine advocates for and supports arts and cultural participation; supporting venues, organisations, artists and community members to help make arts and culture inclusive and accessible.

The 2018 Public Galleries Summit brings together staff from key galleries and arts organisations in Australia and New Zealand. Major cultural institutions, regional galleries, artists and artist run initiatives will be represented, coming together to examine the distinction that the visual arts and artists bring to the cultural space.

Justine will speak on a panel discussing new models for inclusivity in the arts, particularly regarding the contribution and importance of Artist Run Initiatives and their impact on the use of space, relationships to community and opportunity. One example highlighted in particular will be the Inside Out program with Maitland Regional Art Gallery.

The Summit runs from Sunday 18 – Wednesday 21 March 2018 at Carriageworks in Sydney.


For more information or for any questions please contact Justine Cogan on access@octapod.org or 0437 147 689.

Art & Artists: Public Galleries Summit 2018 will bring together staff from galleries throughout Australia and New Zealand during Sydney’s busiest month of art and culture. The gallery sector is diverse, covering major cultural institutions, regional galleries, artist run initiatives, contemporary art spaces and of course, most importantly, artists themselves.

Focusing on the distinction that the visual arts and artists bring to the cultural space, Art & Artists will present a lively program including panel discussions, workshops, a summit dinner and other networking events at one of Australia’s most significant contemporary arts centres, as well as other venues across the city.


Category: News
Region: Newcastle
Artform: Museums And History, Visual Arts New Media And Design,

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