Creative Art Connections

Smart Arts

Council initiated the Smart Arts brand and professional development opportunities for artists and arts organisations in 2008. Since then, over 20 workshops and information sessions have been delivered in response to local need. In 2014/15, Smart Arts expanded into a three-way partnership between Council, Octapod and the Newcastle Business Centre.

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Smart Arts Spotlight Session

Smart Arts Spotlight: Christopher Saunders from Black Sheep Digital on Vimeo.

Smart Arts Spotlight: Laurence Schuberth from Black Sheep Digital on Vimeo.

Smart Arts Spotlight: Monica Davidson from Black Sheep Digital on Vimeo.

Smart Arts Spotlight: Q&A from Black Sheep Digital on Vimeo

Women of Wisdom

Women of Wisdom is a celebration of the Hunter’s Aboriginal women - their beauty, culture and wise words.

The exhibition held during March-April 2014 at Newcastle Museum brought together portrait photography from the Newcastle Family Fun Day held in September 2013 and a writing workshop held in December.

View the booklet

The City of Newcastle acknowledges the exhibition was on the traditional country of the Awabakal and Worimi peoples and we recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and continuing relationship with the land.

Creative Access Program

The Creative Access Program is being lead by the Octapod Association and encompasses the Creative Access Network, Hunter Arts Worker Database, Art Counts and the Creative Access Guide.

Council supports the Creative Access Program and values greater inclusive arts practices. See Octapod programs for full information and resources.

Octapod and Council recently launched a show-reel demonstrating the amazing work that is happening with accessible arts practice in Newcastle.  View the show-reel.