Kickstart is Next Wave’s flagship development program. It’s money, time and space for young artists to develop ambitious projects – to think bigger than they ever have before. It’s for artists who are excited by talking and thinking with other artists, across disciplines, from other places, who might have different thematic concerns. Now in its fourteenth year, Kickstart remains unique in Australia for its multi-faceted approach, depth and scale.
Artists participating in Kickstart 2015 will engage in critical enquiry and build skills for sustainable artistic careers. Our Development Intensives comprise a mix of theoretical and conceptual discussion with workshops and seminars on aspects of developing and maintaining a professional arts practice. Areas explored in previous years include financial management, fundraising, marketing and media relations, cross-artform collaboration, site-specificity, creative resilience, problem solving, interpersonal and leadership skill development, feedback methodology and documentation. Projects are selected for Kickstart 2015 with a view to their presentation in Next Wave Festival 2016.
Kickstart 2015 is for artists about to embark on a stranger, wilder or harder project than they ever have before, in any artform, and who want support to make it happen. It is for artists who want to challenge themselves in their research, creative process and artistic production. This will involve critical enquiry, rigorous artistic discussion and in-depth consideration of practical contexts for making art. It is specifically for artists who are interested in exchange.
Kickstart participants should be excited by the prospect of conversation and debate with artists who may be working in different disciplines, with different thematic concerns. Next Wave is passionate about working with new people and supporting diversity. We are keen to hear from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, artists from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and artists with disability.
Next Wave is a development organisation and a curated biennial festival. 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.