A group of around 30 artists sit crouch and stand facing forward, smiling. They are underneath a tree, standing in dappled sunlight and the ground is covered with fallen autumn leaves. Photo by Ella Sowinska.

Announcing Next Wave Festival 2020 artists

Last week, as our politicians were campaigning for their version of what an Australian future might look like, Next Wave’s newly selected national cohort of artists gathered in Melbourne to learn, share ideas and dream up what ‘A Government of Artists’ will look like at Next Wave Festival 2020.

Earlier this year, Next Wave launched a national call-out for Next Wave Festival 2020 artists, and received an unprecedented number of applications from early-career practitioners across the country. 29 artists, writers, curators, producers and collectives representing a cross-section of identities and artistic practices have been selected to participate in the program.

It is with great excitement that we get to share the names of those artists with you today. We are inspired and excited by what they are set to achieve. What they bring, not only to our artistic and cultural conversations, but to our broader social, political, economic and environmental thinking is deep and rich and complex. Stay tuned, because the future of Australian art is unfolding.

The selected participants are:

Bruno Booth (WA)
Matt Aitken and Lyndon Blue (WA, VIC)
Nanette Orly and Andy Butler (NSW, VIC)
Belinda Locke (VIC)
Lay the Mystic and Efren Pamilacan (VIC)
Isabella Whāwhai Waru (VIC)
Joshua Allen (VIC)
Nana Biluš Abaffy (VIC)
Morgan Little (VIC)
Neika Lehman (VIC)
Roshelle Fong and Keziah Warner (VIC)
Ngoika Bunda-Heath (VIC)
Leverton (VIC)
Sapna Chandu (VIC)
Celeste Aldahn (ACT)
Ripley Kavara, Isabella Whāwhai Waru, Yasbelle Kerkow, Vicki Kinai, Peter Lemalu, Florence Folole Tupuola (VIC)
Alex Last (TAS)
Rachel Meyers (TAS)
Ben Brooker and Kate Power (SA)
fine print magazine (SA)
Libby Harward (QLD)
Warraba Weatherall (QLD)
Black Birds (NSW)
Make or Break (NSW)
Daz Chandler (NSW)
Ivey Wawn (NSW)
Kalanjay Dhir (NSW)
Marcus Whale (NSW)
Moreblessing Maturure (NSW)
re:group (NSW)

Keep your eyes peeled and your ears to the ground as we introduce you to the next generation of Australian art over the coming weeks.