Next Wave and the Board today announce Roslyn Helper as the organisation’s incoming Director/CEO.
Vanessa Pigrum, Next Wave’s Chair has said “The Next Wave Board are thrilled Roslyn has agreed to lead Next Wave towards our 2020 Festival. Next Wave has always reshaped itself with each new Director and we are excited about how Roslyn’s vision for Next Wave will benefit artists and audiences alike. “
Roslyn is an artist, writer and director. Prior to joining Next Wave, Roslyn directed Underbelly Arts, a biennial festival and ongoing platform committed to uncovering, developing and showcasing experimental artists from across Australia.
In 2018 Roslyn received an Australia Council Career Development Grant to pursue opportunities for connection and collaboration with like-minded festivals across Europe. From 2012-16 she was the Artistic Director of Electrofringe, and in 2016 founded the online exhibition space New Physics. She has also held curatorial and administrative roles at Artspace, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney Festival and FBi Radio.
As an artist, Roslyn has presented solo and collaborative performance works for the 15th Sydney Biennale Public Program, Kaldor Public Art Projects, Sydney Festival, Performance Space, Vitalstatistix, Liquid Architecture and Firstdraft as well as at independent spaces and organisations around Australia and internationally. She has chaired and participated in public panels championing emerging and experimental artists and contemporary artforms for SAMAG, Women in the Arts, Sydney Writers Festival, Vivid Ideas, Critical Path, Kaldor Public Art Projects, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Sydney Festival. Her writing has recently been published in The Guardian, The Lifted Brow and Art Almanac.
Roslyn holds a BA (media and communications / government and international relations) from Sydney University, and an MA in Arts Politics from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.
On stepping into her new role, Roslyn has said; “Next Wave has long been a cultural bastion, a place for artists and audiences across the country to come together, to share ideas and experiences through art. Now more than ever, Next Wave plays a vital role in supporting new voices and presenting bold artistic investigations that critique, inspire and engage with our broader cultural and political dialogues. It’s a huge honour to step up and lead Next Wave, and I can’t wait to get started.”