about R̶e̶s̶p̶o̶n̶s̶e̶


The This is Not Art (TiNA) Festival is an emerging and experimental multi-disciplinary arts festival that celebrates Newcastle as a leading creative city. Now in its 24th year, TiNA is a platform for emerging and experimental artists from around the country to present new work, share ideas, network and express their unique selves to a supportive audience.

As a result of COVID 19, the festival was cancelled in 2020 and it was decided that the TiNA Festival would be presented in 2021 as two micro festivals, one in February and one in October.

Due to public health restrictions and lockdowns applied to the Hunter region in early August 2021, we have moved quickly to approach the October micro festival in new ways and ensure it can still be presented. Read on below for more.

TiNA reimagined

This is Not Art Festival
Newcastle, Australia.


Programmed by Lauren van Katwyk

Octapod presents the 24th iteration of This is Not Art (TiNA), a micro Festival reimagined in a COVID world.

Stripped of any live audience, five new commissioned experimental works will be presented by artists working to the theme R̶e̶s̶p̶o̶n̶s̶e̶ (in spoken word: Response, Strikethrough). These works will be shared centrally on this website and made available on social media and other online platforms. An essay will examine the works, and to close the festival we will present an artists panel discussing the festival’s theme.

A response is a reaction to something. In the arts, we often talk about the audience’s response, or a critic’s response to ‘the work’. Strikethrough is a typographical presentation of words with a horizontal line through the centre, resulting in t̶e̶x̶t̶ ̶l̶i̶k̶e̶ ̶t̶h̶i̶s̶. Unlike censored or redacted text, the words remain readable, but adding the strikethrough gives the words new meaning. On a digital screen (the canvas of so much of our lives right now) a strikethrough indicates something that was true and now isn’t, or a change in thought. On hand-written or type-written texts, a strikethrough can indicate a correction, a personal protest against a published perspective, or completing something.

What does R̶e̶s̶p̶o̶n̶s̶e̶ mean? It is an artistic exploration what has been lost, omitted, retracted or deleted as a result of the pandemic. It’s an exercise in art-for-arts sake, art without an audience and any number of avant-guarde interpretations along these lines.

R̶e̶s̶p̶o̶n̶s̶e̶ artists

Festival Program

7pm, Friday 1 October 2021 – LIVE STREAMED OPENING EVENTS

Zoom link: To be supplied


A new commissioned work will be released each Friday in October.

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Friday 1 October 2021 – Lottie Consalvo
Friday 8 October 2021 – Wanjun Carpenter
Friday 15 October 2021 – Dale Collier
Friday 22 October 2021 – Mikayla Nangle
Friday 29 October 2021 – Fiona Lee


Sunday 31 October 2021, ARTIST PANEL DISCUSSION moderated by Izabela Pluta.

More information will be provided closer to the event.

Funding Partners

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


This project is supported by Create NSW.

Brief History of 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.

Octapod produces the festival each year and is an arts service organisation which supports experimental and emerging practice in the Hunter region, NSW.