Octapod is seeking artists, makers and those interested in the visual arts to be involved in a supported Artist Run Initiative throughout 2016.

This inclusive Artist Run Initiative Project will support skills building and industry connections, and is designed to be purposeful, self-managed and self-led after twelve months.

The aim is to support the professional development of individuals with and without disability, who either already work in a specific visual art form or are interested in developing a visual arts practice.

Throughout 2016 the group will meet monthly and participate in a series of skills development workshops, guest presentations, gallery visits and connections with key arts communities and professionals. The focus of the group is on gaining industry specific skills, knowledge and networks. The group will also work towards a key performance, exhibition and/or presentation.

This initiative is for you if you are or you know anyone who is…

– an emerging or established artist with or without a disability

– an individual with a disability who has a passion for the creative arts

– interested in an opportunity to develop their professional arts experience within a supported environment and program

– live in Newcastle and have the time and commitment to be involved

If this sounds like you….you are invited to join this project! There is no cost to be involved.

DATE: Wednesday 25 November 2015
TIME: 10am – 12 pm
VENUE: Ability Links office, 956 Hunter St Newcastle West (just down from Fantastic Furniture) ACCESS: Wheelchair accessible building – ramp with handrails from level pathway on Hunter Street, paid street parking only, accessible toilet

If you would like to be involved but cannot make the first meeting, just let us know! Contact Justine at Octapod on 4021 1605 or for more information or download the information pack: Octapod_Newcastle_ARI_Info_Pack

Octapod is the leading arts organisation in Newcastle and the Lower Hunter working with community to enable, initiate and support arts and cultural participation by people of diverse communities.

This project is supported by Accessible Arts (AARTS) and has been funded by Lifetime Care Support Authority.

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

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