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.
1. Read, watch and investigate
Before you apply, take the time to read the documents we’ve provided and take a look at who we are.
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Hints & Tips to Kickstart your application
Podcast: Kickstart Melbourne Briefing
2. Attend a briefing
Kickstart Briefings are open sessions where you can learn more about the program and fire off any questions. We’ll be holding briefings in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and online. A recording of the Melbourne briefing will also be available on our website from Wednesday 15 October.
Melbourne – Monday 13 October, 6.30–8pm at Arts House Meat Market
Brisbane – Wednesday 15 October, 6.30–8pm at Metro Arts
Online – Wednesday 29 October, 5–6pm on USTREAM
Sydney – Wednesday 5 November, 7–8.30pm hosted by Performance Space at Carriageworks
3. Talk to us
Applicants are encouraged to make an appointment with Artistic Director, Georgie Meagher or Artistic Program Manager, Meg Hale to speak about their practice before submitting an application. Call the office on (03) 9329 9422 or email email@example.com to arrange a time.
4. Prepare your support material and artist profile.
Support material must be provided online. Direct us to your website, vimeo, flickr, soundcloud or blog. Up to three (3) URLs can be provided. See the first page of the Written Application for more information about support material and your artist profile.
5. Written Application
Download the Written Application here and, once completed, upload it using the online form below. We’re happy to give feedback on your application draft. You’ll need to email this to Meg Hale by Friday 31 October. We’ll give feedback to the first 50 drafts we receive (because early bird, worm).