October 16, 2019

#tina2019 – it’s a wrap!

We hope you enjoyed This is Not Art 2019! The jam packed festival program included over 170 events showcasing 200+ artists from the Newcastle region, around Australia and overseas. We hope you enjoyed the wonderful sense of community that comes with this four day festival and have been inspired in your own arts practice or encouraged […]

October 16, 2019

Share your thoughts for a chance to win!

We would love to know what you thought of the festival. Fill in our quick survey to help us make the 2020 festival even better. ### SURVEY DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL MIDNIGHT SUNDAY 27 OCTOBER. By completing the survey by midnight Sunday 27 October you can choose to go in the draw to win this great […]

October 3, 2019

Four events to be Auslan interpreted at #tina2019

We are so excited that the following FOUR events will be Auslan interpreted at #tina2019: TiNA Festival Launch, Thursday 5-6pm at Watt Space Gallery Late Night Readings Thursday 9.30-10.30pm at Newcastle Library Art as Catharsis at The Lock-Up, Friday 3-4pm The Experts, Friday 7-8pm at Watt Space Gallery. For more information about each of these events, […]

September 16, 2019

Your chance to vote for Auslan interpreted events at TINA 2019!

Up to SIX events will be Auslan interpreted at This is Not Art (TiNA) 2019 and YOU get to choose which ones! Check the TINA program and send your votes to Christina via thisisnotart@octapod.org or 0415 699 227. Deadline: Tuesday 24 September 2019 TiNA is a national emerging and experimental arts festival that takes place in the Newcastle CBD […]

September 5, 2019

This is Not Art 2019 Program NOW LIVE

This year This is Not Art (TiNA), one of Australia’s leading emerging arts festivals will showcase more than 200 artists across 170 events. The program for This is Not Art 2019 is now live on the festival website.  Held annually in Newcastle across four days on the October Long Weekend, TiNA will enliven the CBD […]

August 21, 2019

TiNA 2019 Volunteer Call Out now open

With just over 6 weeks until This is Not Art we are excited to be finalising the festival program and are now taking volunteer applications for #tina2019 Volunteering with TINA is loads of fun and can help you get the edge on a career in the creative industries. Varied roles are available with TINA and […]

July 12, 2019


Crack Festival is inviting artists to think big on a small budget – we want works that are no/low-tech, adaptable, and focused on the core of their ideas. Come test something new – sow a seed, scratch the surface, fan the flame from rage to stage. We’re keen to see some site-specific works, so think […]

June 14, 2019

Critical Animals Artist Call Out due 7 July

This year the Critical Animals Creative Research Symposium will be presented as part of the TiNA (This is Not Art) festival in Newcastle, NSW from Thursday 3 to Sunday 6 October 2019. We are now calling for proposals for our 2019 festival! We invite anyone whose practice experiments within the experience and interpretation of ‘critical […]

May 28, 2019


The NYWF Zine Fair 2019 is here for zine makers, buyers and sharers everywhere. Since 2000 the fair has been a mainstay of This is Not Art festival, providing a space for zinemakers from Australia and beyond to share their artistry and build community bonds. This year we are back, waving a big metaphysical flag […]

May 22, 2019


Tantrum Youth Arts is partnering with Newcastle Museum and Crack Festival to offer TWO residencies for emerging artists/groups. Selected artists will receive mentorship, rehearsal space, and the opportunity to present a development showing of the new work at Crack Festival (as part of THIS IS NOT ART) in Newcastle in October 2019 EOIs close May 24   For more information, go […]

February 12, 2019

This is Not Art (TiNA) Artist Call Outs 2019

Staggered artist call outs are happening this year for #tina2019. The NYWF call out took place in February/March 2019 and the Crack Festival GENERATE Artist Call Out took place in May 2019. The Critical Animals call out closes 11 August and the Crack Festival PROTOTYPE call out closes on 4 August. Check the TINA blog […]

October 24, 2018

Take the TINA 2018 Survey! Win# a prize!

We’d love to hear about your TINA 2018 festival experience. Take the TINA 2018 survey to help us improve the festival for next time. You could even win a very cool prize: * A NAVA Membership (includes Public Liability Insurance if you need it) * a Lifted Brow subscription * a TINA merch pack (tee […]

October 24, 2018

TINA 2018 was a blast!

Thank you to everyone who attended TiNA 2018. We hope you enjoyed the festival as much as we did! Photos are still coming in but you can check the THIS IS NOT ART Facebook page for a selection of photos so far. What was your festival highlight? We loved so many events, that it’s hard to pick! […]

July 16, 2018

TiNA 2018 Artists Announced

A full list of artists presenting at this year’s This is Not Art (TiNA) festival has today been unveiled to the public.

July 15, 2018

Volunteer with us

Get behind the scenes of one of Australia’s most loved arts festivals. Volunteer with us in 2018!