Not My Place Exhibition Opens


An exhibition by emerging artists

The Stage, The Emporium, 185 Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle

Opens: 2pm 5 November 2016

Exhibition dates: 2 – 26 November 2016

Octapod has found a place for some of our community’s lesser heard voices through artistic expression and professional skills building in the arts. ‘Not My Place’ exhibition is the result of a unique inclusive arts program, known as the Artist Run Initiative Newcastle (ARIN).  The artists involved in the ‘Not My Place’ exhibition have worked over the past year with Octapod as an Organisational Mentor, to build their professional skills and networks to enable strong artistic identity and deeper engagement in the local arts and cultural environment.  

The program acknowledges the attitudinal, physical, social and geographical barriers which can reduce opportunities for people who are marginalised or isolated in our society.  Emerging artists with and without disability are supported to pursue their artistic practice and the program challenges the barriers to inclusion through accessible information, networks and resources to develop their own unique place, space and voice to creatively express themselves.

‘Not My Place’ is about perceptions of society and the lived experience of disability, marginalisation and/or isolation which impact’s so many of our lives.  Yet, while some of the artists involved in the exhibition identify as having a disability, disability doesn’t define them nor their practice.

‘Not My Place’ curator Clare Weeks, Photomedia artist currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Newcastle said “I was interested in being the curator of this exhibition because of its inclusivity. What this meant for me is the opportunity to work with a variety of artists with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and approaches to their practice. I am looking forward to the challenge of making these unique works come together to create one voice.”

Not My Place features works by Frazer Berick, Black Crow Walking, Donna Broadhead, Alan Charlesworth, Justine Cogan, Nathan Dunne, Mackenzie Feighan, Dom Freestone, Trevor Freestone, Timothy Grant, Jordan Haitsma, Maree Hopkin, Elizabeth Mackenzie, Kell Miller, Jacqueline A Monti, Kerri Shying, Ingrid Stiertzel, Kaz Thorpe, Dane Tobias and Jon Shephard

The Stage is wheelchair accessible. The ‘Not My Place’ exhibition opening and artists talks on Saturday 5 November, 2-4pm will be Auslan interpreted.  

For more information, contact Justine Cogan, Development Manager at on 4021 1605.

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

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