About This is Not Art (TiNA)

Digital collage of TiNA 2021 artists and inspiration materials, composed by Huw Jones

The iconic This is Not Art Festival (TiNA) celebrates Newcastle as a leading creative city.

As one of Australia’s leading 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. In 2021, Octapod will host the 23rd iteration of the This is Not Art Festival (TiNA). The festival will be held in Newcastle from Friday 19- Sunday 21 February 2021.

As a result of COVID 19, TiNA was not able to proceed in 2020. In 2021, we aim to present two micro festivals, one in February and one in October.


This is Not Art Festival 2021
It’s TiNA – but not as you know her.

Friday 19 – Sunday 21 February 2021
Newcastle, Australia.

The 23rd iteration of Newcastle’s iconic This is Not Art Festival (TiNA) presents a micro showcase of experimental artists working with light and sound. The three-day festival, held 19-21 February 2021 will start Friday evening and span the course of the weekend.

The TiNA 2021 showcase of experimental artists celebrates non-tangible mediums such as light, sound and performance and ranges from immersive sound experiments, light projections to brainwave-controlled synthesisers (Yes, electrodes will be connected to the performers brain..!) Festival goers will experience a ‘Sonic Take-Over’ of Newcastle Museum, ‘Sound City’ activations across Newcastle East and a secret ‘Sonic Bath’ held at sunrise.

Talented local artists featuring in the weekends activations include; Josh Ingle, Louisa Magrics, Boy Lost, Sean Balladen + Eliza Jane, Rubber Nurse, Boris Hoodie, Somnus Lak, Rewa Wright, Matthew Larner, Amelia Bessenyei, DOVE, Sam Madden, Josh Barnett and many more.

Curated by Huw Jones (aka Fox Control), full program announcement available Friday 5 February.

TiNA respectfully acknowledges the Awabakal, Worimi, Wonnarua and Darkinyung peoples – the traditional owners of the unceded land upon which we hold our Festival and other events. We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past and present.

TiNA is proudly supported by the City of Newcastle through the Council Support for the Arts and Cultural Organisations in Newcastle Program.

Image: Digital collage of TiNA 2021 artists and inspiration materials, composed by Huw Jones.

About TiNA

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.

Festival Producer Octapod is one of NSW’s leading regional arts and cultural development organisations. It supports, promotes and advocates for a diverse and thriving arts and cultural sector in the Greater Newcastle region.

About Huw Jones

Huw JonesHuw Jones (aka Fox Control) is an artist, music producer and musician. His audio work spans original commercial music releases, artist development and producing, sound design for art installations, composition for TV shows, live performances and radio. Huw lives in Newcastle, Australia.

Beginning his musical life as a passionate guitarist, Huw experienced a more ‘traditional’ music upbringing with private guitar tuition at Wagga Wagga Conservatorium before transitioning into the professional music world playing Blues, funk and hard rock. All the while Huw maintained a constant interest in the sonic and performative possibilities that music technology enables.

In 2012, Huw’s debut electronic music release as Fox Control was commercially well received, charting at #1 on iTunes in Australia. His contributions to many government funded theatre productions have earned him awards for ‘Excellence in Sound Design’ in 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019. In 2020 Huw had his first label release on Dutch record label Armada. View here

Huw’s passion for working with music technology has seen him create a diverse range of musical collaborations and productions including sound design for art installations, theme songs for TV shows, producing pop acts to working with institutions and music conservatories, production for traditional and classical music projects and international performances, such as this midi controller assisted performance at the United Nations Congress Hall in New York. View here. 

​Huw is a teacher at the University of Newcastle, TAFE NSW (Hunter Music Department), and has 15 years experience in private tuition and artist development.

Who presents TiNA?

TiNA is coordinated each year by Octapod, an arts and cultural development organisation supporting participation emerging and experimental practice and professional development of artists across the Greater Newcastle region.