Join the This is Not Art 2018 team


Critical Animals, Crack Theatre Festival and the National Young Writers’ Festival are looking for new Co-Directors for 2018 and beyond. Now’s your chance to get involved behind the scenes!

Critical Animals Co-Director Call Out

The Critical Animals Creative Research Symposium is looking for a new Co-Director for 2018-2020. The successful applicant will work alongside the ongoing Co-Directors in the facilitation of the next three Critical Animals festivals.

We’re looking for someone passionate about the intersection of arts and research, about the development of creative research and multidisciplinary artforms. You might be an artist, an academic, an organiser, you might be engaged in postgraduate study, you might be some combination of these.

This is an opportunity to help shape an exciting and emerging festival, to broaden your artistic networks on a national level, and to gain experience and professional development in festival management.

If you are interested in shaping future Critical Animals Research Symposiums, download our application pack here!


If you have any questions or need more information, get in touch with Chiara at

We can’t wait to hear from you!

The Critical Animals Team

For more details go to c our-team


Crack Theatre Festival

CALL-OUT: Seeking Co-Artistic Director and Two Producers

Crack Theatre Festival is looking for fresh faces from around Australia to bring the 2018 and 2019 festivals to life. If you’re passionate about contemporary performance, are super organised, and can make good puns, we are looking for you.

We are seeking applications for one Co-Artistic Director to work alongside incoming Co-AD Christie Woodhouse, and two Producers to round out the close-knit team.

Crack Theatre Festival is committed to building a diverse company and we strongly encourage applications from people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, Newcastle locals as well as interstate, regional, and remote areas.

How do I apply for these amazing opportunities?

Applications Close: Sunday 27 November, midnight ### APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED ####

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by Wednesday 6 December for interview in person or via Skype on Friday 8 December.

Successful applicants will be notified within 3 days of interview and the positions will begin with a handover meeting in mid-December 2017.


National Young Writers’ Festival Co-Director Call Out

The National Young Writersʼ Festival (NYWF) is looking for three dedicated individuals (from anywhere in Australia) to Co-Direct the 2018 and 2019 NYWF in Newcastle, NSW.

We’re after someone who has the skills and vision to take NYWF to the next level. If this sounds like it could be you, download the position description and apply.


Download a copy of the Festival Co-Director position description (.pdf)


If you are interested in applying for one of the Co-Director positions, please send a CV and a cover letter addressing the selection criteria listed in the position description – emailed as a single PDF or word document to NYWF Chair, Shona Barrett ( with “NYWF Co-Director 2018/19” in the subject header.

This is a life changing opportunity. Please do not hesitate to contact one of the outgoing Co-Directors if you have any queries. We’d be more than happy to chat to you over the phone or in person to talk about the role in more detail and answer any burning questions you might have!

Or send a general inquiry to

Good luck!


Image: Very Big Bird. Crack Theatre Festival, This is Not Art. Photo: Mitch Lee 2017

About This is Not Art (TiNA) 
This is Not Art (TiNA) is a four-day arts festival produced by Octapod. The festival will run in 20 venues over the October long weekend. Each year, over 2000 people attend the event, which comprises:

  • The National Young Writers’ Festival – the country’s largest gathering of young and innovative writers working in both new and traditional forms including zines, comics, blogging, screenwriting, poetry, spoken word, hip hop, journalism, autobiography, comedy, song writing and prose.
  • Crack Theatre Festival – for experimental performance artists from all over Australia to unleash their wildest ideas.
  • Critical Animals – a creative research symposium for students, researchers, writers, artists, thinkers and curious individuals who are engaged with creative and experimental art practices. The event is an opportunity to engage and participate in dynamic discussions of new ideas, present papers and ongoing research, as well as challenge creative practices and work collaboratively with others in the field.

This is Not Art (TiNA) began life in 1998 as the National Young Writers’ Festival and the National Student Media Conference. These two events took place in the week after the Newcastle Fringe Festival. With the addition of Electrofringe in 1999 and Sound Summit in 2000, the name This is Not Art was adopted to reflect the very different but interconnected events.

Octapod is one of NSW’s leading regional arts service organisations, providing leadership and cultural development initiatives to enhance the capacity of the region’s existing and emerging creative communities.

This is Not Art contact info:
Instagram: @thisisnotart
Twitter: @thisisnotart
Festival Producer: Christina Robberds – 0415 699 227 |


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