We are thrilled to introduce our 2013 Kickstart artists to you. We’ve chosen 22 projects: the largest group we’ve ever accepted into the program, with perhaps some of the most ambitious ideas. They are:
Brienna Macnish with Robert Jordan and Joshua Lynzaat
Creative Nonfiction – Jesse Cox, Mike Williams, Que Minh Luu with Matt Huynh
I’m Trying to Kiss You – Allison Wiltshire, Zoey Dawson and Anna McCarthy
SBH – Andrew McCelland, Michael Candy, Kiah Reading
Sean Jorvn – Colin Kinchela and Gavin Walters
Next Wave’s Kickstart program is money, time and space for artists to dream larger than they ever have before. Now in its twelfth year, Kickstart remains unique in Australia for its multi-faceted approach, depth and scale. Artists participating in Kickstart 2013 build skills for sustainable artistic careers. Our development intensives focus on financial management, fundraising, innovative marketing and media relations. Artistically, we cover cross-artform collaboration, site-specificity, creative resilience, problem solving, interpersonal and leadership skill development, feedback methodology and documentation.
The 2013 Kickstart program will take place between February and September 2013, culminating in a work-in-progress showing of each project to an audience of peers, stakeholders and other Kickstart artists.
Applicants are encouraged to meet with Next Wave’s Artistic Director, Emily Sexton, or Artistic Program Manager,Serena Bentley, to discuss their project and the application process prior to submitting their application.
Kickstart 2013 is for artists keen to expand their practice, and create new projects in visual arts, dance, performance, live art, new media, text, sound and beyond.
Next Wave is a development organisation and curated biennial festival for young and emerging artists. Priority is given to projects where the key artists are 30 years of age or under. Collectives and individual artists are both encouraged to apply. You can be from anywhere in Australia.
Next Wave is passionate about working with new people, and supporting diversity. We have a strong history of working with people from a variety of backgrounds, and we’re keen to expand this work. For this program we’re particularly keen to hear from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. We are also keen to hear from artists with a disability.
Successful applicants to Kickstart 2013 receive:
-Up to $7,000 cash support from Next Wave
-Three, 3-day Development Intensives over the Kickstart period. These are weekend-long programs of workshops, excursions and presentations running Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You will also attend a Debrief day and ALL-IN with other Next Wave Festival artists, in September.
-Assistance with seeking further funding and/or sponsorship
-Assistance with improving your budgeting, promotion and project management skills
-Support with negotiating venues, partnerships and other resources necessary for the realisation of the project
-Feedback, advice and support from experienced practitioners in relevant artistic fields
Successful Kickstart 2013 applicants will be expected to continually develop their Kickstart projects throughout the 9-month program, and also attend regular meetings and briefings with Next Wave.
If you are selected for Kickstart 2013 and are an interstate and/or regional artist, Next Wave will work with you to facilitate partnerships with organisations within your city or community to assist in your art-making. One person from each interstate applicant will be supported by Next Wave to come to Melbourne for each Development Intensive, and the Debrief/ALL-IN in September. If collectives would like all members to attend, these costs will need to be covered by your Kickstart grant, or other means.
We are after a mix of:
-Rigorous experimentation with the artform, that reflects and pushes further towards new approaches to contemporary art – and serves that great idea
-A strong relationship with context and demonstrated curiosity about community, society and history
-A passion for locality, site and new environments for art
-Thorough research and interesting conceptual approaches
-New people, new voices and new methodologies for making art
-Thoughtful engagement with the viewer or audience
-Unique responses to our theme, New Grand Narrative
Next Wave’s Artistic Director Emily Sexton leads the organisation’s artistic vision. Artistic Program Manager Serena Bentley leads the delivery of our development programs, including Kickstart. Emily and Serena are strongly supported by a number of people: the Next Wave Board and Artistic Sub-Committee, all Next Wave staff, and the Curatorial Advisory Committee.
The Curatorial Advisory Committee for Kickstart 2013 was:
Tony Albert was born in 1981 in Far North Queensland, Australia. He has exhibited his colourful and provocative paintings, drawings, wall installations and photographs at museums across the globe. In 2011, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel, showcased his large installation A Collected History (2002 – 2010) as part of the Roundabout touring exhibition.
In 2010, City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand premiered his major collaborative piece Pay Attention Mother Fuckers (2009 – 2010) which the National Gallery of Australia will also exhibit as part of the 2012 National Indigenous Art Triennial.
Albert holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts in Contemporary Indigenous Australian Art from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane and his works are held in permanent collections throughout Australia including the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, and the Art Gallery of Western Australia. In 2012 Albert is an artist in residence at Artspace, Sydney.
Robert is a collaborative artist whose work spans theatre, installation, writing and media art. His practice is primarily concerned with the conception, development and production of new work created through dialogue and play. He is a committed teacher and considers the development of performance pedagogies to be part of his artistic practice.
Robert’s core studio practice is as a theatre director. However throughout his career he has also created interdisciplinary Live Art works that are more difficult to categorise including correspondence projects, durational performances, events for small groups or one-to-ones, interactive encounters and work with portable media devices. He has created performances and installations for theatres and galleries in Europe and Australia in addition to a range of pieces for less conventional sites including cafes, restaurants, bars, schools, youth hostels, gardens, national parks, public toilets, shops, supermarkets and streets.
Robert is Co-Artistic Director of Fish & Game with long term collaborator Eilidh MacAskill.
Robert is Lecturer in Theatre at Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.
Kelly Fliedner is an arts writer, curator and Program Curator of West Space. She is currently completing an Art History Masters in Research at the University of Melbourne, considering the experimental performance, sound, music and interdisciplinary practices of artists working from the Clifton Hill Community Music Centre in Melbourne during the late 1970s and ’80s. Kelly was previously Magazine Coordinator for un Magazine, Program Coordinator of Punctum based in regional Victoria and a member of the Gertrude Contemporary Emerging Writers Program. Recent curatorial projects include Ode to form (2012), Time Has Come Today(2012), Today Your Love (2011-2012) and The Nothing (2010), all at West Space.
Jess Devereux is a choreographer and performer who studied dance at the Victorian College of the Arts, graduating with a BA Dance Honours. Movement research and collaborations include work with Simon Ellis, Luke Hockley, Caley O’Neil, Susan van den Ham, Elen David, Rochelle Carmichael, Fritz Hauser and Adam Wheeler, and in dance film contexts with Mischa Baka and Zoe Scoglio. From ’09-present, Jess has been based in tropical Darwin NT working with Tracks Dance Company as Animateur. Jess works with the company across performance, training and direction of spectacular outdoor dance shows and development projects, and teaches youth dancers in the remote Indigenous community of Lajamanu for Milpirri. In ’11 Jess traveled abroad to South East Asia to learn Legong dance and to Europe for arts residencies at P-AF France and Mosaico Danza Italy with Gabrielle Rose, followed by training at ImpulsTanz Vienna. Jess has received arts funding from local, state and national funding bodies to develop her dance work. Recent performance credits include: solo work Silver Sky Darwin Festival ‘12, Shallow End Darwin Festival Waterfront commission ‘12, Love Hunter ’10 and Cossie ’08. Tracks choreographic credits include: 8-80 The Architecture of Age ’12, The Allure of Paradise ’10, The Cook, The Queen & The Kelly ‘10, Endurance ’09 and four annual Choreographic Development Programs mentoring emerging NT choreographers. Jess is passionate about making and supporting dance, and contributes regularly to community arts projects, most notably for City of Melbourne, Corrugated Iron Youth Arts and Footscray Community Arts Centre.
Antony trained in dance in Sydney, Perth and New York. Since 1999 he has performed with the Australian Dance Theatre (Garry Stewart) Chunky Move (Gideon Obarzanek) and Lucy Guerin inc. (Lucy Guerin) extensively throughout Australia and overseas.
As choreographer, he has worked in Australia and abroad. Commissions include works for The Lyon Opera Ballet, Australian Dance Theatre, Chunky Move, and Dancenorth among others. In 2008 Antony directed and choreographed two full length works Blazeblue Oneline and the Chunky Move commission I Like This co‐directed by Byron Perry. In 2009 Blazeblue Oneline received two Greenroom awards; Set and/or Costume Design, and Concept/Realisation. Other major independent works include the critically acclaimed Black Project 1 and the post-apocalyptic dance drive-in Drift.
Antony received the inaugural Russell Page Fellowship in 2004, the inaugural Tanja Liedtke Fellowship in 2009 and the inaugural Australia Council’s Creative Australia Fellowship in 2012. He was winner of the Greenroom Award for Best Male Dancer in 2005, and the Helpmann Award for Best Male Dancer in 2009. Most recently, Antony created Keep Everything for Chunky Move, and developed a large scale painting project with visual artist Ash Keating.