This is Not Art (TiNA) Artist Call Out NOW OPEN

The annual TiNA Artist Call Out is now open!

Artists are invited to apply directly to co-presenters National Young Writers’ FestivalCritical Animals and Crack Theatre Festival.

For 20 years This is Not Art has celebrated Newcastle as a first-rate creative city. As one of Australia’s leading contemporary and emerging arts festivals, TiNA provides a national platform for experimental and emerging arts practices. The festival supports artists to take risks, experiment, and extend the boundaries of their art forms and practices. Now is your chance to get involved!

Applications open: 1 February – 31 March midnight

Here’s what the co-presenters are looking for in 2017:

In 2017 Crack Theatre Festival will present a smaller festival program that strongly supports the development of new work.

They will offer solid support across the year, facilitating artists to hone their practice through assistance finding development space, connections to artists and arts organisations, dramaturgical and producing support, one-on-one meetings, and meaningful in-depth feedback.

Crack Theatre Festival want to hear from:

  • Artists at any stage in their career with a project that seeks to challenge and experiment in both content and form
  • Artists who are interested and committed to working closely with out team to develop their work
  • Artists with ideas that need help to get off the page, need a dedicated period of development to re-work a concept, or don’t have anywhere else to go.

Check their website for details

Apply to Crack Theatre Festival via their application form



The folks at the National Young Writers’ Festival are zooper-dooper excited to announce the opening on their Artist Call Out for 2017. This year they will be celebrating two decades of the writerly extravaganza that is NYWF by doing what we always do (with only a small amount of navel gazing) AND THEY WANT YOU!

The festival is open to writing in all its forms and accepts applications from people occupying the 18-35 years age bracket. Dedicated to diversity and supporting new voices if you want to take part in four days of inclusivity, craft honing, heaps good chats and so so so so much more, NYWF is for you! APPLY!

Check out the National Young Writer’s Festival website for more info.

Read their FAQs document (Accessible)

Apply directly to National Young Writers’ Festival via their application form.



Criticism In Action 

Speech and action are part of one and the same complex psychological function, directed toward the solution of the problem at hand. – Lev Vygotsky, Mind in Society, 1930

Critical Animals are seeking applications from anyone whose work experiments within the experience and interpretation of critical research.

They aim to present an intellectually robust yet accessible program of audience-focused events – conversation is key. Critical Animals in particular endeavours to catalyse, strengthen, and explore the links between creative practice and theory. They have a flexible definition of research that encompasses creative, experimental, interrogative, discursive, and practice-led approaches.

Check out the Critical Animals website for more info.

Apply to Critical Animals via their application form


Got questions? Not sure who to apply to? Want some advice before submitting your application?

You’re welcome to contact any of the co-presenters to organise a coffee chat, skype or email advice session, or to find out who you should apply to:

Crack Theatre Festival:

Critical Animals:

National Young Writers’ Festival:


Applications open: 1 February – 31 March midnight



About TiNA

This is Not Art (TiNA) celebrates Newcastle as a first rate creative city.

Now in its 20th year, the festival has become an integral part of Newcastle’s arts calendar as young people from around the country converge on the city over the October long weekend to share ideas, meet like-minded creative and potential collaborators, and test work in a safe and supportive environment.

TiNA is produced by Octapod, one of NSW’s leading regional arts and cultural organisations in partnership with longstanding co-presenters National Young Writers’ Festival (NYWF), Crack Theatre Festival and Critical Animals.

TiNA is a national platform that supports artists to take risks, experiment, and extend the boundaries of their artforms and practices. With a focus on engaging with the local community, activating multiple venues across the CBD and blurring the boundaries between writing, performance, visual arts and critical thinking, TiNA 2017 will offer an array of workshops, panels, installations, performances and special events for those interested in exploring experimental and thought provoking contemporary arts.

Contact us to find out more about TiNA or if you want to get involved as a partner or volunteer


T: 02 4021 1605

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